Thesis Thursdays

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Students and staff from our department discuss their research with our faculty Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta. The show is produced by KXCI host, producer and instructor Bridgitte Thum.

Environmental Science major 

A bit about myself and my research...

I work in Dr. Albert Barberan's lab, where we focus our research on microbiology and macroecology. Currently, we are working on a year long project about the impact urbanization has on microbial communities right here in Tucson!

I also teach subjects related to science and biodiversity to kids and educational outreach programs to inspire youth to be scientists.

I'm looking to go into graduate school and want to continue with lab work and working in communities directly.

Listen to Adalee on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original air date: 1/10/2019

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M.S. student in Environmental Science 

A bit about myself and my research...

My graduate research is in Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta's lab and focuses on sanitary sewer overflows in Nogales, right on the border of the U.S. and Mexico.

I was born in Mexico City and came to the United States at nine years old. Traveling between U.S. and Mexico became a central part of my identity and fuels my drive to work on improving environmental and living conditions for people of both countries.

I received my B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California and later went on to work in public health with the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. Recognizing the link between the health of our environment and human health, I decided to venture on a daunting journey and began taking chemistry and biology classes at night to pursue my new-found interest.

I feel very fortunate to be a Master's student in Environmental Science at the University of Arizona, where I have a unique opportunity to work on bi-national environmental and health-related efforts, as the environment knows no borders.

Listen to Alma on KXCI Thesis Thursday

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Original Air Date: 8/16/2018

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M.S. student in Environmental Science  

A bit about myself and my research...

I study soil carbon sequestration with Dr. Joey Blankinship's lab.

I have experience in agriculture, forestry, ecology, international development, politics and social justice. Now, I'm passionate about bringing together these interests together. 

I want to find land-based solutions to address climate change that center people’s livelihoods and well-being.

Listen to Ariel on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original air date: 12/13/2018

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Ph.D. student in Soil and Water Sciences

A bit about myself and my research...

I hail from Washington, D.C. and currently work on a citizen science project called Project Harvest in Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta's lab.

My doctoral research focuses on testing water and soil samples for the presence of microbes and contaminants around Tucson. I examine the prevalence of harmful bacteria in community-harvested water (like rain barrels) and how those organisms impact peoples’ health through soil and plants.

Prior to arriving in Tucson, I spent time in the United States Marine Corps and completed my B.S in Geographical Sciences, emphasizing on sustainability and development, at the University of Maryland-College Park. I also spent time mapping and improving the roads and bike share lanes around campus, helping to facilitate a more eco-friendly environment.

After I complete my Ph.D., I would like to work as an environmental officer in public health or as an environmental lobbyist. 

Listen to AJ on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 7/5/2018

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Environmental Science major

A bit about myself and my research...

I work in Dr. Paul Carini's lab where we focus on microbiology and cell cultivation. My job is to make cell food and try to convince hard-to-cultivate organisms to grow.

The more we understand about microbes and how they work in the environment, the better we can work to solve environmental issues, like greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

I grew up in northern Idaho and love all things outdoors, metal and cats. After graduation I would like to do something with bioremediation, a practice that uses microbes to consume and break down environmental pollutants.

Listen to Brenna on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 1/17/2018

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Environmental Science major

A bit about myself and my research...

I am participating in a learning researching program to help professors align their tasks with their learning objectives by studying student responses and creating reports. The goal is to make sure students graduate with the knowledge they need to do transformative work.

In my free time I enjoy reading a good book outside or binge-watching Netflix.

In the future, I hope to use my degree to help create more sustainable practices that can benefit future generations and support healthier lifestyles.

Listen to Chloe on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 1/3/2019

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Ph.D. student in Environmental Science and Anthropology

A bit about myself and my research...

I specialize in community-engaged research and partner with those living next to contamination in Arizona in my dissertation work, "Voices Unheard." Specifically, i I am working to preserve the stories of people living near Superfund sites (one next to the Tucson airport and the second near the Iron King Mine south of Prescott). I want to collect these first-hand histories and then bring them to a broader audience, combining social and environmental science.

I am originally from Ambos Nogales and had the privilege to work for 12 years on border environmental issues before returning to school. I earned a B.S. in Environmental Science with a Biology emphasis and a B.A. in Spanish from Northern Arizona University and a M.S. in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona. I have also mentored graduate students, been a board member of an indigenous magazine and volunteered as a grant reviewer.

Listen to Denise on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 7/18/2018

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