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Elizabeth Bankhead Undergrad Student Undergrad
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Elizabeth started working in Riley’s lab in 2005 and mainly worked on research in the American Fork Canyon. She has been involved with sorting specimens from the cave, which is a national park, as well as collecting and sorting specimens along the American Fork River and up Mount Timpanogos. She received an ORCA grant to help facilitate some research on the seasonality and distribution of the fly family Empididae in the canyon.

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Ben Buckner Undergrad Student Undergrad
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I am working on collections of stoneflies from Mongolia and American Fork Canyon, Utah. My professional goal is to become a physician who has some spare time to be out in nature.

Interests I am interested in aquatic insects (and freshwater life in general). I am especially interested in determining water quality by surveying Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera.
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Rebecca Clement Undergrad Student Undergrad
Biology
Graduate
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The effect of grazing on flies in Mongolia
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I started working in the Nelson lab with flies from the Diptera bioblitz and got excited about insects. I like learning about conservation and insect evolution and I like learning the names of things. I plan on attending graduate school and becoming a professor someday so I can pass forward the appreciation of insects and sense of wonder to future posterities.

Interests I like hiking, biking and basketball as well as jamming out on the violin or ukelele. And of course I like all things bug!
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Jonathan Collins Undergrad Student Undergrad
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A senior in Biology, Jonathan Collins was a research assistant since 2007. He worked with other research assistants on developing an understanding of elevational gradient effects on lower brachycera flies in American Fork Canyon, UT. He has a particular interest in the fly family Pipunculidae. Currently he is cataloging mites of Timpanogos Cave, UT and preparing samples for further taxonomical study in addition to a cave analysis of trap placement and the population sampled. He enjoys all outdoor activities and will pursue a degree in dentistry upon graduation.

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Paul Edmonds Undergrad Student Undergrad
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Interests Mongolia
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Paul  Frandsen Undergrad Student Undergrad
Integrative Biology
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Empididae
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I am an Integrative Biology major, working on identifying ants collected in Maupiti in French Polynesia. I am compiling a list of ant diversity in Maupiti and looking at species richness and abundance over elevation. I am also on working flies from Mongolia. Dance flies from the family Empididae are of particular interest to me. I am looking forward to a graduate education which will enable me to better understand the excellent world we live in. I plan on a career in biology in which I hope to research and to teach.

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Limb Hapairai Grad Student Undergrad
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Sarah Judson Grad Student Undergrad
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Craig  Martin Undergrad Student Undergrad
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Mongolia, Ongoing Field Work
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Tristan McKnight Undergrad Student Undergrad
Biology
Graduate
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Since I joined the Nelson lab in fall 2008, I have mainly been busy sorting the Mongolian Aquatic Insect Survey samples and preparing shelved specimens around the lab for museum storage. Recently, however, I have begun to study the robber flies (Asilidae) of North America and the former USSR. These predators have astonishing habits and are exemplary model organisms for ecological research. My plan after graduating in 2011 as a biology major is to go on to graduate school, get a PhD and eventually become a biology professor to both do research and teach. I don’t know yet what my specialty will be, but in addition to insects, I particularly enjoy studying the life history of mustelidae mammals (martens, weasels, otters…) and fungi.

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Samantha Smith Undergrad Student Undergrad
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Agromyzidae belong to a family of small flies that are largely undocumented in Utah. Using Malaise traps, I collected insects up American Fork Canyon spring of 2015 and am sorting through those samples looking for any Agromyzidae. This will give us a better picture of the abundance and diversity of flies. I am a Biology undergrad at BYU looking to graduate December 2016 and then continue on to graduate school and research the interactions between plants and insects. I love everything outside including running, hiking, swimming, kayaking, climbing and backpacking.

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Tyson Terry Undergrad Student Undergrad
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I am an undergraduate researcher that studies hover flies and pollinators. My current research is on the distribution and species richness of hover flies in Spanish Fork Canyon. Future research interests include hierarchical roles of native pollinators across different plant fauna. I am very active physically. I do triathlons, backpack, climb, ski, and find any excuse to get outside. I'm looking to obtain a PhD in Ecology, and in the future teach on the university level.

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Joss Wertz Undergrad Student Undergrad
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While an undergraduate, Joss Wertz majored in Integrative Biology. His research was focused on the Diptera of western Mongolia. Joss examined trends in fly diversity with changing elevation and grazing pressures while comparing the effectiveness of various sampling methods. He also explored the possibility of using Ephydrid diversity as a surrogate for total Diptera diversity in areas where shore flies are prevalent. While taking biodiversity from Dr. Nelson he decided to assist on one of his projects. In 2004 he collected samples from Mt. Timpanogos as part of the American Fork Canyon Project. During 2007 Joss assisted graduate student Limb Hapairai on identifying flies from Maupiti, French Polynesia. From Jan. 2008 to the present he worked on the Mongolia project and went on the field expedition to the Bayan Olgii Aimag as part of Mongolia Aquatic Insect Survey during the summer.

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Ryan Widdison Undergrad Student Undergrad
Biology
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I am a Biology Major and I started working with Dr. Nelson as a Biology 100 TA. After a semester of classroom work I moved over to a project where we are designing a key for aquatic invertebrate identification in the western United States. This project gives me the chance to both work on making an understandable key and also to write up lesson plans that help students use these materials. After finishing my undergraduate studies here at BYU I plan on applying to Optometry school.

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