BLaST RAMPs

Meet the BLaST RAMPs

(Research Advising & Mentoring Professionals)

 
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Ellen Chenoweth, B.A., Ph.D. (Fisheries)
Email: emchenoweth@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-747-7791
Office: Sitka 112, UAS (University of Alaska Southeast)

Click here for RASOR: https://rasor.alaska.edu/

I grew up in Michigan but have lived in Alaska for the last 13 years. I completed my Ph.D. in Fisheries from UAF studying humpback whales that feed on juvenile salmon at hatchery release sites. I have participated in necropsies of humpback whales, a grey whale, a killer whale, a harbor porpoise, sea lions, and seals.  I helped to develop the virtual whale necropsy.  I love studying marine mammals and teaching about them because of our common ancestry and their fascinating adaptations to life in an alien ocean environment.  I've lived and worked in Sitka, Juneau, and Glacier Bay.  I love kayaking, softball, and traveling around the different environments and communities of Alaska.
Research Interests:  Marine mammal fishery interactions; diet, optimal foraging, prey selection and energetics; salmon aquaculture economics.
Techniques: Process modeling, stochastic modeling (regression), R, stable isotopes, bio-logging tags.

 
 
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Christine Smith, Ph.D.
Email: smith_christine@fortlewis.edu
Phone: 970-852-5190
Office: 1000 Rim Drive, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO 81301
I was born in Utah and moved to Indiana when I was 14 years old. I was a Chemistry major at Indiana University and did my PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University. I have taught general chemistry, introductory biology and biochemistry for almost 20 year now! I believe my education in the biomedical sciences helps me make a difference in the world. I am particularly passionate about nutrition and science communication. In my current role as a BLaST RAMP, I work on increasing student awareness and involvement in research all across the Fort Lewis College campus. I teach an Introduction to Human Disease course, and Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology Labs course. I am also an Academic Success Coach, which gives me many opportunities to work with students one-on-one. I feel incredibly fortunate to live in beautiful Durango and have the chance to work at "the Fort" where awesome things happen every day. 
 
 
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Hannah Robinson, MPH
Email: hrobinson3@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-474-5799
Office: 185 Arctic Health Research Building, UAF

Research and Teaching Interests: Epidemiology, One Health, Public Health, Interdisciplinary Communication, and Policy

Personal Interests: I am a plant mom and a dog mom that enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, and fishing. I was born and raised in a small town in West Tennessee. I completed my B.S. in chemistry with a biology minor at Bethel University (TN). I then went on to pursue my Masters in Public Health at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Representation in higher education, research, and biomedicine matters a lot to me, and I am passionate about helping minorities and students from diverse backgrounds succeed in these areas. I have spent the past few years immersed in the world of One Health, and I am also a coordinator, advisor, and adjunct instructor at UAF Center for One Health Research. I currently study epidemiology and have begun to focus my research on how factors such as climate change, trauma, policies, and social determinants of health impact maternal and reproductive health outcomes.

 
 
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Emily Sousa, M.S.
Email: eesousa@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-474-5799
Office: 185 Arctic Health Research Building, UAF
Teaching Interests: Enjoy teaching, mentoring, and working with students, particularly when the classroom is outdoors.
Research Interests: Environmental responses to climate change, relationships between geomorphic factors and vegetation growth, and landscape ecology.
Personal Interests: Botany technician, forester, environmental educator, dog musher, and naturalist.  I grew up in Fairbanks and received both my BS in Physical Geography and Environmental Studies and my MS in Natural Resources Management through UAF. As a graduate student, my research focused on how Alaskan landscapes respond to climate change - I’m interested in landscapes as storytellers, and what we can learn through observation, collaboration, and intersectional science. I enjoy field work, writing, mapping and science communication. I’ve been fortunate to work with BLaST Scholars since 2017 and have learned something new from each of the students I’ve worked with; I love helping students explore their ideas and connecting them with resources and opportunities to reach their goals.

Outside of BLaST, I can be found gardening, writing, reading, playing music, skiing, picking berries and adventuring with my wife, daughter, and a wild pack of family dogs, cats, chickens, and honeybees.

Teaching: I teach BLaST’s BMSC 214: Introduction to Biomedical (and One Health) Research and help out in BMSC 224, BMSC 314, and BMSC 324 as needed. Along with RAMP Theresa Vertigan, I’ve also co-taught a short summer course called Environmental Health in a Changing Arctic for Iḷisaġvik College and have taught BMSC 214 for the Rural Alaskan Honors Institute for the past four summers. Outside of my work as a RAMP, I’ve co-taught Geography of Alaska, Introduction to Physical Geography, Mapping and Landscape Analyses as well as led field trips, tours, hikes, sled dog rides, and environmental education programs for K-12 students and adults in Fairbanks, Kachemak Bay, and Minnesota.