Research Council Representative Former Executive Committee President (2019-2021)
Krista Fleck is a postdoctoral research associate in the lab of Dr. Vicki Jeffers in Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (MCBS) at UNH. Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms driving parasite differentiation and survival in Toxoplasma gondii. Toxoplasma is a widespread human and animal pathogen, infecting a third of the world’s population, and is currently incurable. She is studying the factors involved in transcription initiation that regulate gene expression in these parasites to identify potential therapeutic targets. In addition to her research, Krista loves outdoor activities, playing board and card games, and spending time with her dogs.
Ian Jones is a postdoctoral research investigator in the Center for Acoustics Research and Education at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, and is advised by Dr. Jennifer Miksis-Olds. His research focuses on underwater soundscape ecology, which involves quantifying trends of sounds present in natural habitats, and how these sounds are detected and used by marine animals. He is also interested in how noise pollution, such as from vessel traffic and marine construction, impacts the behavior and ecology of marine fishes and invertebrates. Outside of work, Ian is a DJ with an affinity for trance and house music, and enjoys video games, hiking, and scuba diving
Dr. Theresa B. Oehmke is a Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholar in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Dr. Oehmke does research related to Environmental Fluid Mechanics. Specifically, she is interested in the transport of particles and pollutants in turbulent flows and studies this primarily with experimental methods. Outside of research, Theresa enjoys swimming, water polo, surfing, skiing, and ceramics.
Amy Scott is a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Adrienne Kovach in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at UNH. Her research focuses on conservation genetics of the vulnerable New England cottontail rabbit. More broadly, she is interested in behavioral ecology and conservation. In addition to her research, Amy enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking, and traveling.
Former Executive Committee Diversity Chair (2020-2021)
Mike Alvarez is Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholar in the Department of Communication. Broadly speaking, his research examines communication about suicide and end of life in interpersonal and mediated contexts. He is the author of the forthcoming book, The Paradox of Suicide and Creativity, and has completed a memoir, The Color of Dusk. In his spare time, Mike enjoys reading sci-fi and transgressive queer literature, playing survival horror video games, and playing with his two newly adopted kittens.
Hannah Fazekas is a postdoctoral research associate in the lab of Bill McDowell in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (NREN) at UNH. Her research focuses on how high-frequency sensor networks can be used to provide novel understanding of the emergent properties of river networks, biogeochemical cycles, and elemental stoichiometry. In addition to her research, Hannah enjoys hiking and camping, reading, and trying new breweries.