Research Interns

Research Interns and Trainees

Our research interns and trainees, 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.

Andrea Brown

Andrea Brown

Undergraduate Student, Harvard University

Andrea Brown is an undergraduate from Harvard University working in the Hopkins Lab on the interplay between hybridization and speciation in perennial Phlox.

Liam Cleary

Liam Cleary

Undergraduate Student, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Liam Cleary is an undergraduate student at UMass Amherst studying plant and soil science. His current research focuses on the evolutionary relationship between flowering plants and their pollinators. As a DaRin Butz Intern, Liam is working in the Friedman Lab studying Magnolia macrophylla’s relationship with honey bee pollinators.

Henry Coe

Henry Coe

Undergraduate Student, Oberlin College

As a DaRin Butz Intern, Henry Coe, an undergraduate at Oberlin College, is working in the Grossman Lab.

Melissa Drake

Melissa Drake

Undergraduate Student, Harvard University

Melissa Drake is an undergraduate at Harvard University working in the Hopkins Lab and concentrating in Integrative Biology.

Yiling Fang

Yiling Fang

Undergraduate Student, Oberlin College

Yiling Fang is an undergraduate at Oberlin College studying Biology. She is interested in investigating plant developmental patterns and understanding plant physiology. As a DaRin Butz Intern, she is working in the Holbrook Lab to understand cavitation resistance.

Mayerlin Fischbach

Mayerlin Fischbach

Undergraduate Student, University of Central Florida

Mayerlin Fischbach is an undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida, studying biology with a focus on plant science. Her major interests include understanding ecosystem resilience as well as plant-environment interactions, which she will be working on this summer in the Des Marais Lab as a DaRin Butz Intern.

Fiona Harrigian

Fiona Harrigian

Undergraduate Student, Wellesley College

Fiona Harrigian is an undergraduate student at Wellesley College studying Biology. She is interested in public health, microbiology, the environment, and the connections between them. As a DaRin Butz Intern, she will explore the connections between urbanization and plants and soils in the Templer and Hutyra Labs.

Daniel Mindich

Daniel Mindich

Undergraduate Student, Harvard College

Daniel Mindich is an undergraduate student at Harvard College studying Environmental Science and Public Policy. He is interested in conservation, forestry, and environmental policy as well as religion. Danny is excited to work as a DaRin Butz Intern in the in the Friedman Lab.

Emma O'Donnell

Emma O’Donnell

Undergraduate Student, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Emma O’Donnell is an undergraduate student at UMass Amherst, majoring in biology. She currently studies plant regulatory genomics in the model organism grass species Brachypodium distachyon. She’s involved in analyzing how specific genetic mutations affect the secondary cell wall of these plants. As a DaRin Butz Intern, she is working in the Hopkins Lab.

Priya Viramgama

Priya Viramgama

Undergraduate Student, Boston University

Priya Viramgama is an undergraduate from Boston University working in the Hopkins Lab.

Dannielle Waugh

Dannielle Waugh

Undergraduate Student, University of Central Florida

Dannielle Waugh is an undergraduate at the University of Central Florida, currently obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Environmental Sciences. At her home institution, her research focuses on observing the role of plant growth rate in relation to leaf traits and environmental characteristics. Some of her interests are ecology, plant-environment interactions, invasive biology, and conservation. As a DaRin Butz Intern, she is working in the Spriggs Lab studying the evolution and plant conservation of the chestnuts and ashes (Castanea and Fraxinus).

Erin Wright

Erin Wright

Undergraduate Student, Harvard College

Erin Wright is an undergraduate at Harvard College. As a DaRin Butz Intern, she is working in the Holbrook Lab.