Graduate students

Camila Guerrero

Biology and Society PhD Program

I am interested in biodiversity conservation, and how we can make it more efficient. My goal is to develop decision support tools to reconcile human needs with their impacts on biodiversity. I earned my degree in environmental engineering at Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) and my Master’s degree at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain).


Graduate student Erin Murphy sitting on a rock with climbing gearErin Murphy

Biology and Society PhD Program

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology and my Master’s degree in Geology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am interested in the relationship between marine conservation and human wellness. Currently, my research focuses on the impacts of marine plastic pollution and effective mitigation strategies.


Infynity Hill

Biology and Society MS Program

I earned my bachelor’s degree in health sciences from ASU in 2018 and discovered my admiration for biodiversity during my undergraduate. I joined the Conservation Innovation lab in 2019 and am pursuing my Master’s in Biology & Society. I am interested in human interactions and perceptions with nature. Specifically, I want to understand the life cycle of plastic and the implications of anthropogenic contaminates on environmental and human health.


Caitlin Hawley
School of Human Evolution and Social Change PhD Program
To better protect and preserve wildlife and natural areas, we need a more in-depth understanding of people’s motivations to engage with nature and to take on actionable conservation-related behaviors. Caitlin is broadly interested in how experiential, place-based learning affects young people’s interest in conservation and sustainability careers and whether or not immersive learning opportunities can shift the public’s attitudes towards nature, wildlife, and conservation. Her hopes are to leverage the results of her work to inform environmental education practices at the local and non-profit level.

Katie Surrey

Biology and Society PhD Program

My interest is the intersection between animal behavior and conservation. Specifically my goal is to use data and knowledge collected about particular species’ behaviors to identify areas of potential human-wildlife conflict, and ultimately to craft more efficient and less-invasive policies that best protect the interests of both groups. My background includes an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science, work in wildlife rehabilitation, domestic animal care and behavior, and landscape ecology.


Graduate student Kesha CummingsKesha Cummings

Biology and Society MS Program

I am interested in wildlife, conservation, and the relationship between wildlife and human populations. Of particular interest to me are marine animals such as cetaceans, sea turtles, and corals and the local human communities that surround these significant groups.  My aim is to conduct research that provides better clarification and understanding of how human presence affects local species dynamics. Along these lines I would like to study how this information can be applied to fine-tune conservation actions and the policies that dictate them.



Olivia Davis

Biology and Society PhD Program

I earned my Bachelor of Science in Biology at The College of New Jersey.  I am interested in the intersection between conservation science and policy, and aim to address how we can improve the preservation of biodiversity and endangered species by bridging the gap between scientists and decision-makers. As organisms continue to face threats caused by humans, such as through climate change, pollution, and habitat degradation, I hope to better understand how we can use science to save species and encourage people, from politicians to average citizens, to take action in order to protect wildlife on a policy level.


Paola Sangolquí

Biology and Society PhD Program

I received my Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology at “Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral” in Ecuador. I am interested in the relationship between
ecological conservation and human wellbeing. My goal is to develop monitoring protocols and link the data obtained with protected areas management objectives to assess structured decision-making processes.

I am particularly interested in marine and coastal habitats and how overfishing, climate change, tourism, marine pollution and other human related activities are affecting them in order to promote proper science-based management decisions.