Riley Thoen

Echinacea Project 2018

Biology, Gustavus Adolphus College 2019

Research Interests

I am interested in a wide variety of ecological disciplines, but I have found that population ecology and population genetics have come to the forefront of my interests. Additionally, I am interested in physiological adaptations and how these can vary within populations. I am excited to work with Team Echinacea because it will give me the chance to perform intensive field research with a group of individuals who have similar goals and interests as myself! More specifically, I hope to study within and between remnant mating of Echinacea and how this can affect fitness or physiology of individuals within the populations.


I grew up and lived my whole life in Bloomington, Minnesota, less than a mile from the Minnesota River. In my free time I enjoy hiking, outdoor leisure activities (softball, hammocking, etc…), and enjoying time with friends and family. I have a special spot in my heart for statistics and last summer applied my training to helping out with medical research at the University of Minnesota’s Schulze Diabetes Institute, where my father was previously cured of his Type I Diabetes.


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