Mentor List

Below is the list of graduate student mentors and a brief description of their research and opportunities to participate.  Please see the mentoring program page for details about the program format and goals.  This list is updated at the beginning of each semester (sometimes more frequently). If you are interested in a position, you can contact the graduate student directly, providing them with a brief introduction and a resume. You may also reach out to envisci-mentoring@virginia.edu if you have any questions.

Graduate students: If you would like to update or add to this page, please contact Clare Rodenberg or Elise Heffernan at envisci-mentoring@virginia.edu

Updated January 2022.


Who: Elise Heffernan, eh9hg@virginia.edu

What: 1. This project is focused on primary research and seeks to complement my own boreal forest treeline research in the Arctic. A student would choose a topic (if possibly related to another major/minor, great!) and conduct primary research, create an annotated bibliography and write a report on the topic throughout the term. The goal is to get a broader, multidisciplinary understanding of my research area. The student will gain experience with primary source research and writing, and will have rather wide discretion in their chosen topics. I am particularly seeking students who are interested in social-environmental interactions.

When: Spring 2022

How: Academic credit


Who: Roy Zhang rz3jr@virginia.edu

What:  The project objective is to identify incised stream channels from high-resolution Lidar terrain data for Albemarle county. We will preprocess the GIS data and then use python to extract the cross-sectional shape of streams and find ones that are severely eroded, so that the county can prioritize these streams for future restoration efforts. No prior GIS or Python experience is needed, but would be beneficial

When: Spring 2022

How: Academic credit

 


Who: Mirella Shaban qwe2qh@virginia.edu

What:  We are conducting research on air pollutants in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) during the Covid-19 pandemic. The research will entail:

  • Writing and reading through script in R to conduct statistical analysis of the varying air pollution data
  • Conducting statistical analysis and comparisons of values against World Health Organization Covid 19 mortality rates in the EMR 
  •  Providing brief research write-ups on the air pollutants and significance on environment/public health
  • Experience in the R programming language and/or GIS is preferred (especially R), but is not required.

When: Spring 2022

How: Academic credit or volunteer


Who: Kinsey Tedford knt6wg@virginia.edu

What:  This project is focused on understanding the spatiotemporal variation in eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica recruitment, growth, and survival in Virginia’s coastal bays. A student will assist with analyzing photographs of oysters from a mark-recapture field study. This research will involve measuring oyster growth and survival rates using image analysis software (ImageJ/Fiji). This is a remote position and access to a computer is required. A student must be willing to work 6-10 hours per week on the project (2-3 credits). The student would also have the opportunity to assist with fieldwork on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in May.

When: Spring 2022

How: Academic credit