Sarah Larson

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Sarah is an undergraduate student working towards a B.S. in Plant Biology and a minor in Environmental Science & Resource Management. Sarah joined the hydro-biogeochemistry group in January 2018, and is particularly interested in improving the sustainability of our agricultural systems. Outside of school, she enjoys fly fishing, cooking, hiking, and going to estate sales.

Evan Lester

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Evan is a undergraduate student working towards a B.S. in the Civil Engineering. He joined the group in February 2018 and is researching effects of climate change on arsenic content in rice. Growing up in the pacific northwest has provided Evan with a great love of hiking, climbing, and of course the rain.

Mikaela Balkind

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Mikaela is an undergraduate student currently working towards a degree in Environmental Science & Resource Management, as well as a minor in Climate Science. She joined the lab group in February 2018 and is helping with research on multiple projects that study the effects of climate change on rice plants. In her free time she enjoys spending time in the mountains, skiing, rock climbing, and mountain biking! 

Teresa Wang

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Teresa is working towards a B.S. in Environmental Science and Resource Management as well as a minor in Architecture and a minor in Urban Ecological Design. She joined the lab in the Spring of 2017. She focuses on the study about the effects of climate change on rice grain quality. In addition to her interest in environmental sustainability, Teresa enjoys running, swimming, climbing, trips to Costco, and eating breakfast foods for every meal.

Alex Ratcliff

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Alex is an undergraduate pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Applied Mathematics. He joined the Hydro-biogeochemistry research group in June 2017. Alex is passionate about the environment and is extremely interested in the application of biomimicry to environmental sustainability. Contact: email

Jonathan McLean

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Jon is a senior pursuing a degree in Aquatics and Fisheries Sciences, with a minor in Marine Biology. He joined the Hydro-biogeochemistry group in June of 2017 researching arsenic contamination in several urban lakes in Tacoma. In his free time, Jon is an avid scuba diver, bass player, and hiker.