PI - Jeremiah is an Assistant Professor in Biology at the University of South Alabama. A love of the outdoors and some amazing undergraduate advisors lead Jeremiah down a path to spend a lot of time thinking about species interactions in plant communities and how they shape patterns of biodiversity and ecosystem function. Jeremiah grew up in the midwestern US but escaped the brutal winters! When Jeremiah is not thinking about fungi living in plants, he is probably brewing beer, collecting insects, laying on a beach, or watching some sporting event!
Kaylin Bruening is a senior Geography major with a minor in Marine Sciences from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Her ultimate goal is to end up doing something related to conservation, as she greatly enjoys volunteering my time to bird population surveying, marine mammal strandings, cleanups, and invasive species removals. In my free time, I am out photographing and observing nature, kayaking, and traveling! Kaylin is going to be monitoring invasive apple snail populations in Langan Park in collaboration with Mobile Bay National Estuarine Program.
Carolien Millenaar was born in The Netherlands, raised in Denmark and is now a senior Biology major with a minor in German at USA. She dreams about becoming an Environmental Engineer whilst continuing her current interests such as going on adventures, doing creative DIY projects and of course, running in circles around the track or on the cross-country course. Carolien will be monitoring invasive apple snail populations in Langan Park in collaboration with Mobile Bay National Estuarine Program.
Madison Nelson is a senior Biology major from Mobile, AL. When she is not focusing on Biology, she enjoys traveling with friends, reading, and photography. She is interested in Biology STEM education and hopes to pursue a career in secondary education, teaching at the high school level. Madison is going to be taking a deep dive into some of the education data our lab has been collecting as part of the STEM-EDU network!
William Sterrett is a Masters student in the Henning lab. William is originally from Saucier, MS but lives in Mobile for much of the year to attend USA and graduated with his B.S. in Biology from USA in December of 2019. William has many recreational interests ranging from reading and tabletop gaming to hiking, camping, and various other outdoor activities. These various outdoor activities led William to take an interest in wetlands and wetland science. William is going to be exploring how wetland plants’ microbial associations affect their resistance to pathogens and hopes to become a professional wetland scientist.
Sydney Wilson was born and raised in Middletown, Delaware but moved to Fairhope, Alabama 2 years ago. Sydney is heavily in the arts and enjoys musical theatre, talent shows, and art contests. With the appreciation for art, it grew into an appreciation for the environment. Sydney has always had a fascination with botany from a young age and she hopes to pursue a career that brings all of her interest into play.
Asia Blanchard is a sophomore biology pre-med major. Asia is from Ocean Springs, Mississippi. When Asia graduates, her plan is to enter the air force and go to medical school to become a medical officer. When Asia is study, you can find her playing music instruments, learning languages, and exploring outdoors. In the Henning Lab, Asia is going to be helping out on all sorts of lab projects as she gets her feet underneath her in the lab!
De'Kari Gaines is an awesome Freshman born in Columbus, Georgia but raised in Phenix City, Alabama. De'Kari is interested in marine biology and eventually wants to become a marine conservationist, so he can travel the world saving one ocean at a time. De'Kari is going to helping out on a variety of projects in the Henning Lab as we try to show him that soil and fungi are actually much cooler than oceans :).
Parker McGee is a senior chemistry major with a drama minor. He originally hails from Killen, Alabama and hopes to continue his education in the field of Food Science. Stemming from a childhood dream of becoming a professional chef, Parker is now interested in studying what exactly makes food products taste the way they do, as well as brewing and distilling industry. He is currently working to complete his senior Honors College thesis on the effect of temperature on fermentation of beer. Outside of school, he enjoys cooking/baking, attending wine tastings, hiking, and playing Animal Crossing.
Emily Newman is a senior Biology major at South with a minor in Marine Science. Emily was born in southeast Texas, but spent most of her time growing up in Guntersville, Alabama. Emily loves water, living close to water her entire life, has definitely influenced her academic interests and hobbies. When she is not studying biology, Emily is likely birding, exploring on the beach, or taking care of her freshwater tanks. Longterm, Emily would like to pursue a career in conservation or science outreach.
Polly Straughn was born and raised in Mobile, AL. she is a senior at USA studying Biology with a concentration in Marine Biology and a minor in mathematics. Her goal is to be a SCUBA Divemaster, traveling the world for a few years after graduation before pursuing a career in research, specifically shark conservation research. She is also interested in the effects of microplastic pollutants in our marine ecosystems. When she's not participating in research projects or marine related volunteer work, she likes to spend her days relaxing on a beach listening to music, hanging with her dog Ollie, and spending quality time with her family and friends (especially her niece).
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Ayana Cunningham is a senior Biology major from Huntsville, AL. When Ayana is not studying, she enjoys hanging out with friends, dancing, and photography. Ayana is interested in Biology STEM education is going to be working to grow the educational arm of our lab group.
Jada Gildersleeve is a senior Biology major and Composite Science minor from Mobile, AL. Outside of science, Jada loves to bake and read. This semester, Jada will be exploring microbial communities living inside pitcher plants, with the hopes to develop pitcher plant communities to test basic questions about meta-communities and dispersal of microbial communities across pitchers.
Madison Smith is a Biology & International Studies major from Mobile. Madison is fluent in Korean and is head for a study abroad next school year! Madison is super into insects and is hopefully going to be doing some insect community work in some of our dune experiments!!!
My name is Logan Turner i was born in Texas but live in New Orleans. I'm passionate about volleyball and the environment. Specifically biodiversity and aquatic ecosystems. I'm currently majoring in biology with a concentration in environmental science. Logan is going to exploring the mycorrhizal fungi that are living in dune ecosystems around the gulf coast!