Current Lab Members



Makani Fisher
Graduate Student
Focus: Lichen moths distribution and behavior. Biography

I have worked in Dr. Nelson's lab for a few years now. I have worked a great deal on aquatic insects and an electronic identification guide to all aquatic invertebrates of western North America. I now hope to make a slight shift into Lepidoptera as I work on my masters and future Ph.D. I am especially interested in tiger and lichen moths.


Teagan Mulford
Biology Undergraduate
Focus:Behavior and conservation Biography

I've wanted to be an entomologist since I was little, and I absolutely love insects. I work in the Monte Life Sciences Bean Museum and with the Nelson lab. I love being outside, and with the knowledge I've gained from working with the Nelson lab, I can identify much of the beautiful living creatures outside.

Interests: I love collecting insects and learning to identify new things, as well as camping and hiking and reading lots of books.


Jared Meek 
Undergraduate Student 
Biodiversity and Conservation 
Focus: Stream/Riparian Ecology Biography

I'm originally from flat Northeast Texas and happy to be surrounded by the majestic mountains of Utah. I care deeply about the conservation and preservation of natural ecosystems, and am currently doing research on river restoration in Dr. Nelson's lab.
Interests: Plants, hiking, reading, rock climbing, good tunes, rainstorms edit


Maya Rupard 
Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation Undergraduate Student 
Focus: Coleoptera Biography

I'm from Pennsylvania and I am studying Wildlife Conservation at BYU. I work at the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum in the insect collections where my main responsibility is assisting in curation of our terrestrial insect collection.

Interests: In my free time I enjoy traveling and collecting insects (aquatic and terrestrial) as well curating my own personal entomological collection.