Hal Halvorson (he/him) - Assistant Professor
Hal earned a B.A. in Biology and Chemistry at St. Olaf College in 2011 and his Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Arkansas in 2016. He spent 3 years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Southern Mississippi before coming to UCA in Fall 2019. In his free time, Hal loves to game, listen to contemporary rock music, and explore outside.
Tori Hebert (she/her) - M.S. Student
Tori earned her B.S. in Marine Biology at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2019. She spent 3 years working in the Kuehn laboratory, where she completed an REU project and wrote her Honors Thesis on fungal colonization and decomposition of standing dead leaves in freshwater marshes. Tori is studying the effects of land use on microbial interactions during leaf decomposition in Arkansas streams.
Molly Wozniak (she/her) - M.S. student
Molly joins us from Lake Superior State University, where she earned a B.S. in Fisheries Wildlife Management in 2020. She conducted undergraduate research on Didymo blooms in oligotrophic streams. She will be working on the field monitoring project in Arkansas Gulf Coastal Plains streams, in collaboration with the Adams Lab at UCA and the Arkansas Division of Environmental Quality!
Willow Newman (they/them) - M.S. student
Willow joined the lab shortly after graduating from UCA in spring 2021. Their undergraduate Honors Thesis work examined stream fish thermal tolerance physiology. As a graduate student, Willow will be assisting with our long-term Brewer Lake monitoring project and developing research projects on phytoplankton relationships to nutrient cycling within the lake!
Anthony Pignatelli (he/him) - M.S. student
Anthony joined the lab in June 2021 from his undergraduate experience in Biology at Kent State University. At Kent, he studied cotton strip decomposition in urban streams of Atlanta. At UCA, he will be working on the NSF EPSCoR STOICH project, with plans to bridge his interests in GIS and ecological stoichiometry to study urban streams of central Arkansas (and beyond!?)
Current undergraduate students in the lab:
Hunter Strom (graduated spring 2021)
Brittany Krug (graduated spring 2021)
Other current affiliates:
Ethan Nettleton - M.S Student @ Southern Miss
Ethan is continuing his undergraduate research project as his M.S. Thesis in Kevin Kuehn's lab at Southern Miss. His project investigates the effects of light on wood decomposition in lake littoral settings. Ethan hopes to attend medical school after he finishes his degree.
Saysha Sebren - Ph.D. Student @ Southern Miss
Saysha is beginning her Ph.D. in 2019 in Kevin Kuehn's lab at Southern Miss. Based on both past and future experiments, her project will use modern bioinformatics and 'omics' tools to study the interplay between microbial community dynamics and leaf decomposition under contrasting light regimes.
Cody Pope - current M.S. Student @ University of Florida
Taylor Price, M.S. - current Ph.D. Student @ University of Minnesota
Cheyenne Brady, M.S. - Lab Technician in Hattiesburg, MS