Sarah Brinkley is a PhD candidate in the Department of Horticultural Sciences. Brinkley travelled in December of 2018 to conduct research in Copán, Honduras with the Cooperativa Cafetalera Capucas Limitada (Capucas Coffee Producers Cooperative). She evaluated how soil health impacts coffee quality, in an effort to directly support agricultural management practices for smallholder coffee farmers.Brinkley enjoyed working alongside the agronomists in the field and being surrounded by nature in the tropics.
Manuel Flores is a Junior studying Ecological Restoration and Forestry in the Ecosystem Science and Management Department. He will be going to the Texas A&M Soltis Center for Research and Education in Costa Rica to study physiological differences of shade tolerant plants across varying elevation gradients. Flores will be continuing previous research and is looking forward to returning to the Costan Rican culture. Manuel is the Jordan Institute Undergraduate Research Fellow in partnership with LAUNCH at Texas A&M University.
Taryn Johnson is a Graduate student in the Department of Anthropology. Johnson will be performing genomic analyses of bacteria found in Paleoamerican coprolites to study prehistoric gut microbiomes. She will conduct research with the Warinner Lab Group at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Human History in Jena, Germany. Johnson is looking forward to learning new methodologies, forging research connections, and engaging with German culture.
Simon Kiacz is a PhD candidate in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Kiacz travelled to the Madre de Dios region of Southeastern Peru on December 14, 2018 through January 18, 2019 to study the family group ecology of clay lick parrots in the genus Amazona. The data collected in Peru ties in with research he has already completed on Red-crowned parrots in South Texas. He enjoyed being fully immersed in a research setting deep within the Amazon.
Mackenzie Pryor is a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology. She will be traveling to Bolivia to conduct pilot research over the interactions between frugivorous bats and owl monkeys. Pryor will be practicing identification, tracking, and trapping to obtain data. She is looking forward to getting to
Bolivia and seeing the animals in their natural environments.