Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, Brittany Zepernick was captivated by the tapestry of underwater seascapes that exist in exotic tropical oceans. Visions of colorful coral reefs and tropical fish originally peaked her interest in aquatic ecosystems. As she got older, however, it was a drinking water crisis that ultimately focused her interests on the freshwater systems in her own backyard.
Graduate Student Spotlight: Jonathan Cox
Growing up in East Tennessee, Jonathan Cox spent hours exploring the natural areas in and around Knoxville, flipping over rocks and looking for salamanders and insects. His early career aspirations, however, didn’t point towards a future in ecology. In fact, he wanted to be a chemist.
Graduate Student Spotlight: Lindy Westenhoff
The Tennessee Historical Commission places approximately 20 markers a year commemorating sites, people, and events that are significant to Tennessee history. Four of those markers are on UT’s campus and nine more are within walking distance. But a paragraph of information on a marker can’t convey the full scope of a historical event. Lindy Westenhoff, a graduate student in geography, is exploring how augmented reality (AR) can provide greater context to our physical world.
Graduate Student Spotlight: Cecile Gadson
High school students experience conflicting stressors on a daily basis, balancing school, work and social life along with sports or other after-school activities while still trying to figure out the next steps in their lives. Some students, however, face additional pressures. Cecile Gadson studies the experiences of black adolescent girls in high school and the microaggressions they face every day, specifically at the intersection of gender and race.
Graduate Student Spotlight: Karen Norwood and Jason Stubblefield
On Christmas Eve 2018, graduate student Jason Stubblefield drove to an acquaintance’s farm and was handed a brown paper bag with a sheep hide inside. The hide—which remains vacuum packed in a freezer—is going to be critical to a research project he’s doing with fellow grad student Karen Norwood.