Undergraduate Students

Over the years, several undergraduate students have worked in the Arachnology Lab supported by various internships. Most have gone on to graduate school and beyond. We acknowledge and appreciate their work. If you are interested in interning in the Arachnology Lab at the AMNH please visit the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program


Deborah Chin Deborah Chin
Fairleigh Dickinson University
2016

Deborah spent the summer doing extractions and PCRs on scorpions in the AMNH molecular lab.


Diogo Casellato Diogo Casellato
CUNY, Baruch College
2015-2016
(Brazil Scientific Mobility Program)

Diogo interned in the molecular lab, learning to extract, amplify, sequence, and edit DNA as part of a variety of scorpion phylogenetics projects.


Michelle Yun
York College
2010

Michelle took part in an investigation of the phylogeny of the scorpion genus Parabuthus sequencing six different loci from samples collected all over southern Africa.

Angela Holuba Angela Holuba
Barnard College
2008

Angela worked on a project investigating the phylogeny and evolutionary relationships of the scorpion family Buthidae.


Sylvia Johnson Sylvia Johnson
Barnard College
2008
(Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program)

Sylvia worked on a project investigating the phylogeny and evolutionary relationships of the scorpion family Diplocentridae.


Gena Esposito Gena Esposito
University of Texas at Austin
2007
(NSF RevSys Grant)

Gena generated DNA sequence data as part of an investigation of the phylogeny of the scorpion family Buthidae.


Sarah Schoenbrun Sarah Schoenbrun
Brown University
2007 (NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Internship)

Sarah studied the medical important North American scorpion genus, Centruroides, using molecular data from previously unidentified specimens to clarify their phylogenetic placement. Sarah also investigated the relationship between venom genes of Centruroides and other medically important scorpions.


Steve Webb Steve Webb
Muhlenberg College
2005
(NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Internship)

Steve tested the phylogenetic placement and monophyly of the former scorpion family Microcharmidae, using morphological and molecular data.


Kanvaly Bamba Kanvaly B. Bamba
Yale University
2004
(NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Internship)

Kanvaly contributed to the first phylogeny for the Gondwana scorpion family Hormuridae, based on a simultaneous analysis six gene loci and morphology.


Michelle McCoy Michelle McCoy
North Carolina University
2004
(NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Internship)

Michelle contributed to the first phylogeny for the Gondwana scorpion family Hormuridae, based on a simultaneous analysis six gene loci and morphology.


Samara Maaliki Samara Maaliki
City University of New York
2003

(Joint NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Internship and Undergraduate Mentoring in Evolutionary Biology Internship)

Samara studied the morphology of the central Asian scorpion Pseudochactas ovchinnikovi and investigated its phylogenetic position with morphological and molecular data.

Lauren Esposito
University of Texas, El Paso
2002
(NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Internship)

See Ph.D.s