Alumni

Alumni

Some of our biology alumni have written to us with information about their personal and professional activities. Here is a sample of what we have received.

  • John Baker (‘08) has accepted a position with the FDA in Harrisburg to study plum pox virus epidemiology in Pennsylvania.
  • Marie Beigel-Collins (’05) is an aquarist at a new Sealife Park, located in Carlsbad, California.
  • Meredith Biedrzycki (‘05) is a doctoral student at the University of Delaware. She is studying roots and their secretions with Dr. Harsh Bais.
  • Carrie (Warso) Blakeslee (‘06) has completed her master's degree at St. Joseph's University and has been hired as an adjunct professor there for the Fall '09semester. She will be teaching two sections of "The Environment", an environmental science course for non-science majors. She will also continue as the Animal Care Coordinator.
  • Dr. Desi Carozza (‘04) has begun a residency in pediatrics at St. Jude’s Medical Center in Memphis, TN.
  • Luke Eaton (‘08) is training to be an anesthesiologist assistant at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
  • Stephanie (Szerlag) Egger (’01) has published a second paper from her recent master's degree at St. Joseph's University.
  • Sarah Funck (’06) has started her Masters in Environmental Science at Florida Gulf Coast University. She will soon begin researching sea turtle conservation in Ghana, Africa.
  • Nick Galati (‘04) is a PhD student at the University of Colorado-Boulder in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Developmental Biology. Previously, he worked as a laboratory technician at the University of Pennsylvania where he coauthored 3 papers.
  • Dr. Jim Giocomo (‘93) is now employed by Texas Parks and Wildlife. He is the Coordinator for the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture with responsibility for planning, coordinating, and implementing “all-bird conservation" in over 60 million acres of central Texas and central Oklahoma. While at Millersville, Jim was one of the founding members of the University Field Ornithologists (UFO).
  • Kate Hasapes (‘06), who worked on invasive plant species while at Millersville and prepared a poster featuring those species, has completed her website on exotic plant species in and around PA woodlands (including the Bush). It can be seen at http://herbarium.millersville.edu/invasives/. Also, Kate has started a MS degree at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas studying fawn mortality.
  • Johanna Holm (‘06) has taken a laboratory technician position at Cornell University.
  • Benjamin King (‘07) earned and accepted a National Institute of Health Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship Award. Until recently, he was doing research at NIH Blood Institute. This fall, he begins attending medical school at the University of Vermont.
  • Dr. Greg Lang (‘01) completed his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University and recently began a post-doctoral fellowship in genome-scale molecular genetics in David Botstein's lab at Princeton.
  • Claire Larkin (‘08) has been accepted to graduate school in Ecology and Systematicsat Miami (Ohio) University where she will study plant-animal interactions.
  • John Laskowski (‘72) retired from teaching biology at Penn Manor Schools. He is now a self-employed educator (aka “The Mothman’), presenting entomological programs to schools, nature centers, and state parks.
  • Kimberly (Weihrer) Long (‘99) recently accepted a position at First Energy in Reading, PA as an Associate Scientist.
  • April Martin (‘06) is now employed by the National Aquarium in Baltimore as an animal trainer aide. She works with an assortment of birds and reptiles.
  • Trevor Meckley (‘08) has accepted a graduate research assistantship at Michigan State University.
  • Karen Miller (‘94) received a MS in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins, then an MBA. She now works for Maryland’s Department of Business & Economic Development.
  • Kathryn Troup Miller (‘08) has been hired to teach general science at Hempfield High School.
  • Stephen Moyer (’05) is now employed as a Water Pollution Biologist with PA Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Alexis Norris (‘07) accepted a job in the Molecular Diagnostics Lab on the East Baltimore Campus at Johns Hopkins.
  • Nadine Owsiany (‘07) is now employed by Alaskan Observers.
  • Phelan Piehota (’08) is attending medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Krista Prosser (’06) has accepted a job in an ecotoxicology lab at Baylor University in Texas.
  • Jason Reppert (’05) is still training sled dogs for the Iditarod Great Sled Race in Alaska and bands passerine birds for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Tuk, Alaska during the off season.
  • Jason Ryndock (‘08) has received a USDA fellowship for a master’s degree program in Forest Restoration Ecology and Management at University of Mississippi.
  • Shayna Samero (‘08) was recently hired to teach science at the Maritime Academy in Baltimore.
  • Sameer Shah (‘07) is attending medical school at St. George’s University in Grenada.
  • Justin Shaw (‘07) is now a student at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey.
  • Chris Shenton (‘06) is working in Dr. Iijima's lab at Thomas Jefferson University. He is studying neurodegenerative disorders using Drosophila.
  • Jessica Sigg (‘03) and Dr. Jean Boal have published their research on sea urchin covering behavior in the Journal of Marine Biological Association. Jessica is now a graduate student in the Environmental Science program at Drexel Univ.
  • Bill Sparklin (‘00) is finishing his Masters work at Montana State University and has accepted a GS-9 position with the Wildlife Services Dept. at Mississippi State University in Starksville. He will be initiating a new airport wildlife mitigation project.
  • Scott Starr (‘08) has received a graduate assistantship at the University of Alabama in their Ecology, Evolution and Systematics program where he will conduct stream ecology research.
  • Matt Stough (’07) accepted a position as West Nile Virus County Coordinator for Adams County last spring.
  • Tara Strickler (‘04) is a student at the Veterinary School of Ohio State University.
  • Erin Sutcliffe (‘06) has accepted an offer from Arcadia University to attend their genetic counseling program beginning this fall.
  • Matthew Walderon (‘01) is pursuing a master's degree at Shippensburg University. He also continues to work for the PA Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Lindsey Wegrzyniak (‘07) is attending medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Dr. Letitia Weigand ('00) completed her PhD in physiology at Johns Hopkins University in May 2012. She is now a post-doctoral fellow at  George Washington University in Washington, DC.
  • Lindsay Zemba (‘01) successfully defended her Master's thesis at Villanova Univ. entitled, “Flock structure and dynamics in the hybrid zone between Black-capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) and Carolina Chickadees (P. carolinensis) in southeastern Pennsylvania.” This October, Lindsay will compete in the Ironman Triathalon in Hawaii.
  • Kate Zimmerman (’06) and Dr. John Wallace have published their research on the use of algal succession in forensic investigations in the Journal of Forensic Science.