DaRin Butz Foundation Research Interns

DaRin Butz Foundation Research Interns

The DaRin Butz Foundation Research Internship Program at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University gives undergraduates in the life sciences a unique opportunity to experience research from start to finish while gaining training and connections among scientific colleagues. Spending ten weeks at the Arboretum during the summer, DaRin Butz Interns conduct and present research and participate in activities with the other interns.

2018 Interns
Bridget Bickner

Bridget Bickner

University of Nebraska, Lincoln – 2018
DaRin Butz Intern in the Hopkins Lab

Bridget Bickner studies biology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where her research focuses on the evolutionary implications of sexual conflict and mating strategies in spiders. In the future, she plans to focus on microevolutionary processes. As a DaRin Butz intern and under an American Society of Plant Biologists fellowship, Bridget is working in the Hopkins Lab to locate cis-regulatory promoter mutations related to Phlox drummondii flower color variation.

Anna Blaustein

Anna Blaustein

Bowdoin College – 2019
DaRin Butz Intern in the Des Marais Lab

Anna Blaustein is an undergraduate student at Bowdoin College where she studies Biology and Earth and Oceanographic Science. Anna is working in the Des Marais Lab investigating how CO2 levels affect resource allocation in cereal grain-like grasses.

Emily Brown

Emily Brown

Boston University – 2019
DaRin Butz Intern in the Zieminska Lab

Emily Brown is an undergraduate student at Boston University studying Biology with a minor in Anthropology.  She is working on the project “Tree Anatomy and Function” in the Zieminska Lab.

Matthew Fertakos

Matthew Fertakos

The College of New Jersey – 2019
DaRin Butz Intern in the Spriggs Lab

Matt Fertakos is an undergraduate studying biology at The College of New Jersey. His major interests include ecology, evolution, and conservation. Matt is working in the Spriggs Lab studying evolution and plant conservation of the severely threatened chestnut and ash trees.

Anny Garces Palacio

Anny Garcés Palacio

Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia – 2019
DaRin Butz Intern in the Friedman Lab

Anny Garcés Palacio is from Colombia, currently getting her undergraduate degree in Biology at Antioquia University. She is interested in Evo-Devo plants, evolutionary biology, organismic and embryology. Anny is working in the Friedman Lab exploring the process of double fertilization in Conifers.

Zhe He

Zhe He

Wheaton College – 2018
DaRin Butz Intern in the Holbrook Lab

Zhe He is a recent graduate from Wheaton College with a chemistry major and biology minor. Zhe is working in the Holbrook Lab to help characterize vascular xylem vulnerability to cavitation. In the Walhout lab at Wheaton, she studied the diffusion of rhodamine b in polyelectrolyte solutions.

Marissa Lee

Marissa Lee

Boston University – 2019
DaRin Butz Intern in the Templer and Hutyra Labs

Marissa Lee is an undergraduate at Boston University. She is working on a project in the Templer and Hutyra Labs.

Derek Schneider

Derek Schneider

Amherst College – 2020
DaRin Butz Intern in the Hopkins Lab

Derek Schneider is a biology major at Amherst College. This summer he will be studying speciation in plants in the Hopkins Lab.

Andrew Walter-McNeill

Andrew Walter-McNeill

Bowdoin College – 2019
DaRin Butz Intern in the Des Marais Lab

Andrew Walter-McNeill is a undergraduate at Bowdoin College studying biology and computer science. He is helping investigate how certain crops respond to changes in their growth environment (especially those related to climate change) in the Des Marais Lab. He spent his spring semester studying the boundary between eucalypt forest and rainforest in northern Queensland.

2017 Interns
Ashley Bang

Ashley Bang

Brown University – 2019
DaRin Butz Intern in the Templer and Hutyra Labs

Ashley Bang is an undergraduate at Brown University studying Geology-Biology. She worked on the ‘Air Pollutions in Urban Ecosystems’ project in the Templer and Hutyra Labs. Originally from Hong Kong, Ashley is interested in studying the shift in ecosystem interactions and functions that have been caused by anthropogenic activities.

Juliet Bramante

Juliet Bramante

Harvard University – 2018
DaRin Butz Intern in the Hopkins Lab

Juliet Bramante is a Harvard undergraduate working in the Hopkins Lab. Juliet helped to identify cis regulatory changes responsible for color variation in Phlox drummondii.

Vivien-Chen

Vivien Chen

Boston University – 2019
DaRin Butz Intern in the Holbrook, Templer and Hutyra Labs

Vivien Chen is an undergraduate at Boston University studying Earth and Environmental Sciences with a minor in Biology. Vivien worked in the Holbrook Lab to determine whether a correlation exists with phloem size and ploidy in three species of white magnolias. In the Templer and Hutyra Labs, she studied the effects climate change has on nonstructural carbohydrates in hardwood trees.

Jess Leslie

Jessica Leslie

UMass, Amherst – 2017
DaRin Butz Intern in the Hopkins Lab

Jessica Leslie is a recent graduate from UMass Amherst, where she was a Biology major with a certificate in Civic Engagement and Public Service. She is interested in plant-insect interactions, plant adaptations, and plant speciation. Jessica worked in the Hopkins Lab.

Sruti Pandey

Sruti Pandey

Boston University – 2020
DaRin Butz Intern in the Holbrook Lab

Sruti Pandey is an undergraduate student at Boston University studying biology. She worked with Dr. Losada in the Holbrook Lab and is quantitatively studying the vascular system of transgenic Nicotiana plants using confocal microscopy.

Asa Peters

Asa Peters

Connecticut College – 2019
DaRin Butz Intern in the Wolkovich Lab

Asa Peters from Newton, Massachusetts is a sophomore at Connecticut College studying botany and music technology. He is interested in botany, ecology, and also ethnobotany. Asa worked in the Wolkovich Lab.

Emily Rosa

Emily Rosa

Sonoma State University – 2018
DaRin Butz Intern in the Zieminska Lab

Emily Rosa is from Northern California currently getting her undergraduate degree at Sonoma State University in Environmental Studies and Planning with minors in Biology and Geography. Emily worked in the Zieminska Lab.

Jack Smith

Jack Smith

Harvard University – 2019
DaRin Butz Intern in the Friedman Lab

Jack Smith is a Harvard undergraduate studying Environmental Science and Public Policy. Jack worked in the Friedman Lab exploring plant morphology and development.