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MEET THE

RESEARCHERS

LAB
MEMBERS

Our research projects are continuously evolving as new researchers bring their own ideas into the SEACR Lab.

Dr. Richelle Tanner

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Principal Investigator

Richelle is an interdisciplinary scientist interested in how climate change impacts our social and ecological communities. For more information, visit www.richelletanner.com

Kelly Ly
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Undergraduate Researcher

Kelly is a 4th year at Chapman University majoring in Biological Sciences. She is interested in the physiology and mechanics of marine organisms.

Lorena Munoz
(she/her)

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Undergraduate Researcher

Lorena is a 2nd year at Chapman University majoring in Environmental Science and Policy with a minor in Integrated Educational Studies. She is interested in ecological conservation and environmental justice.

Susie Landa
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Megan Barajas 
 

Lab Technician 

Susie graduated from UC Davis in 2021, where she worked with Dr. Tanner on wetland restoration projects. She is interested in geological oceanography and climate change reform.

Undergraduate Researcher

Berkana McDowell
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Undergraduate Researcher

Wilkinson Research Fellow Spring 2022

Berkana is a 3rd year student studying Environmental Science and Policy, Peace Studies, and Studio Art. She is passionate about intersectional environmentalism, environmental activism, and would love to find a career in bettering environmental communications to varying public settings! 

Alison McKenery
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Undergraduate Researcher

Alison is a 3rd year Environmental Science & Policy major at Chapman University with a Sociology minor. She is interested in corporate sustainability and social influences involving climate change.

Benji Persons
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Taylor Price
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Undergraduate Researcher

Ben is a sophomore Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major and is interested in genetic sequencing and studying how nudibranch behavior is affected by changes within the climate. He plans on attending Medical School after college but wants to further his understanding of topics in environmental science and more deeply understand how they can related to issues within human health.

Undergraduate Researcher

Social Media Manager

Taylor is a sophomore at Chapman University double majoring in Environmental Science & Policy with an emphasis in Earth Systems and Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. Taylor loves all things ocean related and is interested in how climate change is affecting coral reef communities.

Ishan Sharma
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Undergraduate Researcher

Ishan is a sophomore double Environmental Science & Policy and Biology major at Chapman University. He is interested in climate and ocean science diplomacy.

Koa Tanner

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Koa is the dogtor in residence who presides over Dr. Tanner's office. He is preparing his dissertation on correspondence between attention-seeking behavior and belly rubs. He likes long walks on the beach and hugs from neighborhood cats.

Former Lab Members

Lorna Haworth

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Lab Technician (2021)

Lorna graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Management in June 2021 from UC Davis. She is excited to work in wildlife conservation and wetland ecology. She is currently a biologist with Dudek.

Shuqi Ren

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Undergraduate Researcher

Shuqi graduated with an Animal Science degree from UC Davis specializing in Avian Science. Her goal is to contribute to avian conservation efforts.

Cameron Gilbert

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Undergraduate Researcher

Cameron is a Wildlife and Fish Conservation Biology Major at UC Davis. His goal is to develop an understanding of how he can serve, protect, and conserve the natural environment and its inhabitants.

Ava Pacheco

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Undergraduate Researcher

Ava graduated from UC Davis with a degree in marine & Coastal Sciences. She is interested in aquatic animal conservation and science education in underserved communities. She is currently a junior specialist at UC Davis with the Todgham Lab.

Charlie Woidat

(he/him)

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Undergraduate Researcher

Charlie is a Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology major at UC Davis from Moraga, CA who's interested in all things birds!