Dr. Courtney Fitzpatrick joined the TAMU Biology Department and EEB program this Fall 2021. Dr. Fitzpatrick received her B.A. in visual art from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill before working in the nonprofit sector at The Hetrick-Martin Institute. Dr. Fitzpatrick then completed her PhD in Biology at Duke University followed by two postdoctoral fellowships. Visit Dr. Fitzpatrick’s lab website to learn more.
We are excited to welcome a diverse and highly accomplished incoming cohort of twelve first-year PhD students this semester!
Keith Andringa, Audelia Mechti, Vivian Peralta Santana, Nicole Stevens, Brooke Torjman, Chris Brennan, Matthew Marano, Ali Lira Olguin, Angela Haggard, Benton Fry, Andie Miller, Maria Alejandra Hurtado
Find out more about them in the September 2021 NewsfEEB.
Natalie Aguirre (Helms lab) graduated with a B.S. in biology from Pepperdine University. During this time, she completed an honor’s thesis conducting research on the interaction of drought stress and pathogen infection in a chaparral shrub species, Malosma laurina. She then spent a year as a Fulbright scholar at the Universidad Politecnica in Madrid, Spain, where she studied effect of water stress on Dutch Elm Disease. Most recently, Natalie worked for the Everglades Foundation in Miami, Florida, creating educational programs and materials about the Florida everglades.
Janelle Goeke is a PhD student interested in coastal ecology. She received her BS from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Janelle will be studying community shifts due to mangrove encroachment into salt marshes along the Gulf coast. She is particularly interested in the changes in food web interactions as a result of the mangrove encroachment.
Stephen received his BS in biology at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he studied the social and mating system of the Northern Pygmy Mouse (Baiomys taylori).