Research Interns

Research Interns

Our research interns, primarily undergraduate students and recent graduates, gain valuable experience working in a research environment while working closely under the direction of our research scientists, including the Friedman Lab, Hopkins Lab, Wolkovich Lab and Putnam Fellows. Our DaRin Butz Interns conduct research for 10 weeks in the summer as part of the DaRin Butz  Foundation Research Internship Program at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

Bridget Bickner 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 DaRin Butz Intern 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.
Andrea Brown Andrea Brown is an undergraduate from Harvard University working in the Hopkins Lab on the interplay between hybridization and speciation in perennial Phlox.
Emily Brown Emily Brown is an undergraduate student at Boston University studying Biology with a minor in Anthropology.  As a DaRin Butz Intern, she is working on the project “Tree Anatomy and Function” in the Zieminska Lab.
Matthew Fertakos DaRin Butz Intern 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 DaRin Butz Intern 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 is a recent graduate from Wheaton College with a chemistry major and biology minor. As a DaRin Butz Intern, 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 is an undergraduate at Boston University and a DaRin Butz Intern. She is working on a project in the Templer and Hutyra Labs.
Sara Muchoney Sara Muchoney, an undergraduate from Boston University, is working in the Hopkins Lab.
Nathan Oalican Nathan Oalican is an undergraduate at Harvard University with an interest in Integrative Biology. In the Friedman Lab, he is researching the photosynthetic properties of Juglandaceae leaf structures to better understand the function of the family’s diversity of overwintering buds.
Derek Schneider Derek Schneider is a biology major at Amherst College. As a DaRin Butz Intern, he will be studying speciation in plants in the Hopkins Lab.
Andrew Walter-McNeill Andrew Walter-McNeill is a undergraduate at Bowdoin College studying biology and computer science. As a DaRin Butz Intern, 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.