2020 UNDERGRADUATE HONORARIA AWARDS
Ananth Miller-Murthy (is an undergraduate student at Yale University pursuing a B.S. in mathematics while taking many classes in ecology and evolutionary biology. Since middle school he has spent much of his free time looking for different species of reptiles and amphibians in the wild, and observing other animals and plants. Through this hobby he became interested in ecology and evolutionary biology. I am currently performing research on the taxonomy of treeshrews in southeast Asia under the guidance of Dr. Eric Sargis (Yale) and Neal Woodmann (USGS). During the summer of 2019 he spent a month collecting morphometric data on specimens of the lesser treeshrew (Tupaia minor) at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. He then analyzed this data to look for patterns and morphological differences between the populations found on different islands and areas of mainland southeast Asia. His work aims to inform our understanding of the species’ phylogeny, potentially leading to modifications of the species- and subspecies-level taxonomy of lesser treeshrews, which could have implications for conservation. Outside of mammal research, he works at the Peabody Museum of Natural History in preparing specimens and organizing the collections, and he submits observations of reptiles and amphibians in my home state of Kentucky to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. After graduating from Yale, he is strongly considering studying evolutionary biology in graduate school.
Sandy Slovikosky completed her Bachelor’s degree within the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona, studying Wildlife Conservation and Management. Born in Germany and raised bilingual, she grew up with an awareness of the importance of international immersion. Her love of wildlife was also present from the beginning, and she knew early on that she wanted to work in conservation. Combining her interest in international cultures and languages with her passion for wildlife gave rise to the person she is today. Sandy conducted her first wildlife research project in high school under the guidance of Dr. Melanie Culver, during which she examined an urban development’s effects on wildlife via a camera trap study. She went on to present her work at the local and state science fairs. Her research endeavors continued during her undergraduate years, when she worked as a research assistant in Dr. John Koprowski’s Conservation Research Laboratory. Her senior project consisted of studying Mexican woodrat movement over burned patches on Mt. Graham in southeastern Arizona through the UA’s Undergraduate Biology Research Program, with the intent of understanding how species respond to disturbances. Several additional highlights from her undergraduate years included interning in South Africa with a wildlife monitoring group, and serving as president of the UA Fish and Wildlife Society. Sandy’s long-term goal is to become a research scientist studying endangered species internationally to enhance human-wildlife coexistence, and she is currently pursuing this goal as a Master’s student at SUNY ESF. Most importantly, Sandy is thankful for her exceptional lab group and could not be more grateful to her department at the University of Arizona, as well as ASM, TWS, and AFS, for providing her with numerous opportunities to grow professionally and personally!
2021 UNDERGRADUATE HONORARIA AWARDS