About Us

Meet the Team

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Gillian Bowser

Associate Professor-Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Contact: gbowser@colostate.edu

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Diplomacy Fellow: U.S. Department of State (2011-2012)

Past life: Ecologist, National Park Service: Multiple Postings

Study organisms: Pollinators, insects

Research tools: Citizen science engagement; co-created data, protected management

International work: United National Framework Convention on Climate Change; Global Environmental Outlook Report, IUCN.

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Sarah Whipple

PhD Candidate 

Graduate Degree in Ecology

NSF INTERN -- 2021-22

Pollinator Project Manager, National Park Service Pollinator Inventory Project (PINS)

Sarah’s dissertation work explores the impacts of  climate change on pollinators within protected areas.  She focuses on mountain systems in  Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and uses citizen science and natural history datasets to explore long term trends in pollinator diversity within those parks.

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Cristal Dominguez Vasquez

Pollinator Hotshot BioTech

Ecosystem Sustainability Department

Cristal is a new Masters Student joining the lab from Colorado! She will research pollinators as part of the National Park Pollinator Inventory project. 

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Daniel Briggs

Incoming Masters Student

Ecosystem Sustainability Department

Daniel is a new Masters Student joining the lab from Colorado! He will research conservation and sustainability topics in the lab. 

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Ashlee Patacsil-Hardin

Incoming Masters Student

Ecosystem Sustainability Department

Ashlee is a new Masters Student joining the lab from Colorado! He will bumble bees as park of the NPS pollinator project. 

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Philip Halliwell

Research Scientist & Affiliate Faculty, Colorado State University

CO-LEAD, Bowser Lab!

Contact: Philip.Halliwell@colostate.edu

Phil works on research tied to citizen science, stewardship, and place attachment in the National Parks. He will co-lead the National Park Service Cooperative Agreement on Pollinators and Citizen Science.

PhD, Sustainability Education

Prescott College, 2019

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Alia Smith

Masters Student

Ecosystem Sustainability Department

Alia is a new Masters Student joining the lab from Florida! She will research pollinators and citizen science tools in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park. 

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Melissa Morales

Pollinator Hotshot BioTech; Incoming Masters Student

Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

Melissa is a new Masters Student joining the lab from Pennsylvania! She will research sagebrush restoration and blue butterflies in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park. 

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Nicki Bailey

Pollinator Hotshot Intern; Incoming Masters Student

Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

Melissa is a new Masters Student joining the lab from Michigan! Previously working in Arches NP, she will research bees and butterflies as part of the NPS Pollinator project. 

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Alyssa Connaughton

Incoming Masters Student

Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

Alyssa is a new Masters Student joining the lab from California! Previously doing citizen science work in Channel Islands, she will research bees and butterflies on the NPS Pollinator Project. 

Co-Advised Students

Melody

Melody Zarria

PhD Candidate

Fulbright Scholar

Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

 

Esther Hayes

Master Fine Arts

Colorado State University

Previous Students

Sarah Garza

Master of Science

Colorado State University

Gloria Sumnay

Master of Science

Ford Foundation Fellow 

Colorado State University

Jordan Allen

Master of Science

Colorado State University

Kate Wilkins

Master of Science

Colorado State University

Honorary Lab Members

Lakota

Lakota

Ultimate Leash Tugger

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Otis

Katmai National Park Bear Wannabe

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Monroe

Cristal's spotted friend

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T'anka

Sassy Golden Gal

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Bear

Snack Connoisseur 

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Polly

Phil's Adventurer! 

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Milo

Melissa's cardboard eater

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Sir Raymond Grapes

Daniel's sassy kitty

Previous Interns

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Daniel Dominguez

Pollinator Hotshot Intern

2019-2020 

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Nico Lucena

Pollinator Hotshot Intern

2020

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Cristal Dominguez Vasquez

Pollinator Hotshot Intern

2020

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Luis Borrego

Pollinator Hotshot Intern

2019

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Nicole Wagner

Pollinator Hotshot Intern

2017

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Mendrake "Obi" Sayee

Pollinator Hotshot Intern

2017

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Kenneth Choi

Pollinator Hotshot Intern

2017

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Nathan Tolle

Pollinator Hotshot Intern

2017

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Michael Roeder

2016

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Kim Arthur

NPS BioBlitz Intern

2015

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Andrew Rohlf

Pollinator Hotshot Intern

2020

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Soleil Culley

Pollinator Hotshot Intern

2020

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Victoria Simon

University of Dijon Intern

2020

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Jordanne Pelkey

Pollinator Hotshot Intern

2018

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Isheka Orr

Pollinator Hotshot Intern

2017

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Valentina Alvarez

Pollinator Hotshot Intern

2017

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Anne Le Mat

University of Dijon Intern

2017

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Autumn Harry

Pollinator Hotshot Intern

2017

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Lucie Royer

University of Dijon Intern

2016

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Rachel Lauwerijssen

NPS BioBlitz Intern

2015

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Cassidy Storey

Pollinator Hotshot Intern 

2020

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Stella Stuchart

Pollinator Hotshot Intern

2020

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Angelina Rivera

Pollinator Hotshot Intern

2019

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Ryan Gomez

Pollinator Hotshot Intern

2018

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Benny Bonet

Pollinator Hotshot Intern

2017

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Julia Tofan

Pollinator Hotshot Intern

2017

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Mahin Jalakhan

Pollinator Hotshot Intern

2017

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Djulia Azevedo

2016

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Rory Tendore

NPS BioBlitz Intern

2015