Shannon Pelini – P.I.
Research Interests: Global Change, Invertebrate Ecology
Likes: Motherhood, having an exceptionally supportive husband, reality tv, Diet Coke, Paramore, Linkin Park, Indian food, and all things shiny.
Dislikes: Mullets, loud eaters, drivers who don’t stop for crosswalks, bell peppers.
Michael Pelini – Lab Manager
Research Inerests: Collection and identification of arthropods.
Likes: Fatherhood, football, Pathfinder RPG, Clash of Clans, Deadpool, Jim Butcher books, Star Wars, selling real estate, and having a ‘balla’ wife.
Dislikes: Obnoxious people, loud people, and bikers who don’t stop at stop signs.
Audrey Maran – PhD Student
Research Interests: Insect carbon climate feedbacks.
Likes: Crocheting, baking, ballroom dancing, Sci-Fi books and TV shows.
Dislikes: Smelly smells, uncomfortable furniture, jerks, and vegetables.
Favorite Bug – Notorious B.U.G.
Rob Baroudi – Masters Candidate
Research Interests: Invertebrate interactions with forest processes such as decomposition and nutrient flow, and how these interactions are affected at different successional stages following disturbance events.
Likes: fishing, shooting, T-Swift, Vampire Diaries
Dislikes: moths, anything resembling moths, anyone who likes moths
Favorite Bug: Praying Mantis
Cari Ritzenhaler – Masters Candidate
Research Interests: Nutrient cycling in soil ecosystems and it’s effect on detritivore activity.
Likes: Carbs, potatoes, and cheese.
Dislikes: Anything grasshopper related.
Fave Buggie: Weevils.
Caitlin Maloney – Masters Candidate
Research Interests: Soil arthropod diversity and functional groups in disturbed landscapes.
Likes: cooking, writing, and sci-fi books/TV shows.
Dislike: mashed potatoes and heights.
Favorite Bug: Red velvet mites
Research Interests: Experimental ecology, direct and indirect effects of invertebrates on community and ecosystem dynamics, soil carbon feedback
Likes: Running, Hip-hop music, Reading, Writing, Sharing ale with friends
Dislikes: Country Music, Loud Cars, the consistency of cheese
Favorite Bugs: Any and all ants, Earthworms (making an exception)