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Joey McGarry

Echinacea Project 2022

Environmental Science and Learning Sciences, Northwestern University 2024.

Research Interests

I am interested in studying conservation ecology and plant biology. Most of all I am just happy to learn.

Statement

I grew up in central Connecticut but have since moved to Wilmington, NC. After a life on the east coast, I’m excited to experience the beauty of the midwest (outside of the Chicagoland area, where I attend school). I am happy to be able to work with such an amazing, friendly, and fun team of passionate folk! When I’m not working, I love to sail, write, listen to music, cook, bake, and enjoy some peace and quiet with my three dogs.

Johanna Steensma

Me and an American Toad

Echinacea Project 2022

Environmental Science major, Skidmore ’24

Research Interests

I am interested in studying Echinacea angustifolia (that’s why I’m here!). I also love insects and pollinators and plant-insect relationships. I am especially fond of milkweed. I want to learn more about doing science and also GIS.

Statement

I was born in Rochester, MN, but currently reside part time in Lincoln, Massachusetts and attend college in Saratoga Springs, NY. In my free time I like to catch frogs, toads, and snakes. I like to go swimming but I’m afraid of sea monsters. I also like to read, especially comic books, but occasionally real books.

Alex Carroll

Echinacea Project 2022

Biology and Environmental Science, University of Minnesota-Morris 2021

Research Interests

I am interested in studying plant and insect conservation, plant-insect interactions, and the effects of fire on plant reproduction.

Statement

I am from St. Paul, MN, and I joined Team Echinacea as an intern last summer in August. I’m excited to actually see some flowering Echinacea this year! In my spare time, I like to climb trees, bake pastries, and read books about dragons.

Mia Stevens

Echinacea Project 2022

Research Interests

My research interests are in how plants interact with their surrounding organisms and environment. And in this pollination biology perfectly is nesseled quite nicely. I am particularly interested in studying how disturbance affects plant pollinator interactions. I have enjoyed using molecular work to follow where pollen is moving in populations of plants. 

Statement

I have been working as a research intern with the Echinacea Project since the summer of 2020! Wow how time flies when you are having fun! I will only be on the team for part of the summer this year as I am moving on to a new position at Michigan State! I am very excited to be around for the next month, planning on getting into some good trouble! In my spare time I like to knit, embroider, bake and practice yoga.

Jared, Alex, Lindsey, and I have now been in Douglas county, MN, for around a week give or take getting things ready for the start of the field season tomorrow. This includes a big supply run. Today Alex and I had some fun visiting five different stores in Alexandria (hereafter Alec (I know it is spelled Alex but that gets confusing once Alex (the person) is involved)). The least fruitful of these stops based on items crossed of lists was Fleet Farm. Fleet Farm was the most fruitful in fun! We had some good fun with their “big hat” selection. Lindsey is the only one in the Elk Lake house who didn’t have a “big hat” so Alex and I picked one up for her. But we wouldn’t dare choose for her so I modeled the different “big hats” and Alex sent photos to Lindsey and she chose which of the big hats she wanted. Now all members of the Elk Lake House have big hats and we all can be protected from the sun in style.

THEN when we were leaving in the parking lot we ran into Sophia! (not literally everyone is ok) What a funny coincidence I guess Alec isn’t that big but still hilarious!

Moral of the story: let your big hat be a personality trait, and post silly things on the Flog

Britney House

Echinacea Project 2022

Morris Area High School Science Teacher

Research Interests

I am interested in studying earth science.

Statement

I am from Morris, MN. In my spare time I like to garden, spend time with family and friends, quilt, and play tennis.

Here is a picture of me (and my husband) at Arenal Volcano on our recent Costa Rica trip.

Lindsey Paulson

Echinacea Project 2022

Biology and Geography with GIS Major, Gustavus Adolphus College Class of 2022

Research Interests

My interests are broadly within conservation, plant ecology and entomology, but I am most fascinated with questions about pollination and plant-insect interactions! I am excited to learn more about the impacts of fire on different plant species and to spend time out in the prairie this summer!

Statement

I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota though I’ve spent the last four years in the small town of St. Peter, Minnesota. In my spare time I like to run long distances, read, paint (mostly watercolors!), bake cookies, spend time with friends, and do just about any activity outdoors!

Here’s a photo of me with a nasty sunburn in front of the blooming crab apple trees on graduation day!

Emma Reineke

Echinacea Project 2022

Biochemistry Major, University of Minnesota Twin Cities Class of 2025

Research Interests

I am interested in studying all sorts of science, especially biology! I like to see how things work together to create a larger network which is able to accomplish amazing things. Being outside and walking through the fields, I love seeing how much is going on between all of the living and nonliving parts of the prairie.

Statement

I am originally from Alexandria, MN, about 20 minutes from most of the field sites. This will be my second year as a part of Team Echinacea and I am thrilled to be coming back! In my spare time I enjoy being active, I am a part of the Gopher Nordic Ski Team at my college and love racing as a part of the team. I also am a distance runner. In my down time, I enjoy reading, being on the lakes (in my opinion, the best part of living in Alex!), baking/cooking, and playing music.

Geena Zebrasky

Echinacea Project 2022

Biology and Geography, Gustavus Adolphus College 2023

Research Interests

I am interested in studying anything related to the interactions between plants and insects, as well as humans. Ecosystem studies and trophic interactions are fascinating to me, and I’m particularly interested in how humans fit into this and shape these interactions. The study of pollinators in altered habitats combines all of my interests quite nicely, from plant communities to nearby habitat to insect diversity!

Statement

I am from Forest Lake, Minnesota. In my spare time I like to read (particularly nonfiction, but I’ve been trying to read more fiction as of late) and listen to music – I love new music, and listening to recommendations from friends is one of my favorite things to do. I also like to be active, whether that’s lifting, walking my dog Jupiter, or hiking. I also enjoy knitting and cooking – I love to try out new recipes!

Lastly, here’s a photo of me!

Kat Ergil

Echinacea Project 2022

I am an Earth and Planetary Science and Journalism major at Northwestern University in the class of 2025.

Research Interests

I am interested in studying the effects of interactions between humans and nature on plant fitness, fire cycles. I am also excited to learn more about plant biology and conservation!

Statement

I am from Geneva, New York. In my spare time I like to hike, travel, read, and spend time outside!

Here’s a photo of me hiking in the Adirondacks

Sophia Chen

Echinacea Project 2022

I am a biology major and environmental studies minor at Lake Forest College. After I graduate in Fall’23, I hope to continue working in research labs before I embark on my grad school journey. 
 
I have a wide range of academic interests including, experimental philosophy, neuroscience, environmental justice and conservation. I am an aspiring research scientist and hope to attend grad school for cognitive neuroscience in the future. 

I am from Shanghai, China. While growing up, I’ve lived between Shanghai and Chicago. Besides academics, I love nature adventures! This summer I am hoping to learn more about foraging and identifying fungus. I also enjoy swimming, biking and watching theater productions.