Current Lab Members

  • Jennie Brentrup, Owen Krol, and Tim Eliassen deploy an overwintering mini-buoy on Lake Sunapee (photo by Midge Eliassen)

    Jennifer Brentrup is a postdoctoral fellow with the Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society graduate program working on multiple projects in collaboration with Cottingham lab members, including the Gloeo and NASA projects. Keep tabs on Jennie on Twitter @JBrentrup

  • Jessica Trout-Haney studied Greenlandic

    Andy Vacca and Jess Trout-Haney seeking crayfish from the White River, VT, for Andy’s ecotoxicology experiment (selfie by Jess)

    Keith Fritschie checking on his overwintering temperature loggers in the Second College Grant, NH

    Andrew Li shows off the turtle he caught at the Second College Grant (photo by Keith Fritschie)

    cyanobacteria and cyanobacteria toxins as part of the IGERT program in Polar Environmental Change for her Ph.D. Jess is working to publish these studies while also working as an adjunct professor at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH, and looking for research-based postdoctoral positions (hint, hint!). Keep tabs on Jess on Twitter @JVTHaney

  • Andy Vacca, Ph.D. expected 2019, is studying the effects of anthropogenic contamination, including mercury, and cyanotoxins on organismal neurodevelopment, physiology, and behavior. He’s also interested in how harmful “algal” blooms are presented in conventional and social media. Track Andy on Twitter @andyvacca
  • Keith Fritschie, Ph.D. expected 2020, is studying nest site selection and its potential demographic implications under varying environmental conditions, using native brook trout as a focal study system.
  • Andrew Li ’20 has been working as a Presidential Scholar with Keith, studying brook trout population dynamics.
  • Alex Conway ’20 has been working as a Presidential Scholar with Jennie, studying the effects of road salt on freshwater plankton communities.
  • Talia Pikounis ’23 was a WISP intern with Andy during Winter – Spring 2019.
  • Kaitlin McDonald is an incoming PhD student who wants to better understand the ecology of Lyme disease.

Summer Helpers

  • Kennedy Lange (Hanover High ’19, Williams College ’24) is helping with field work and microscopy for the Gloeo project before her pre-college gap year. Kennedy previously volunteered with Andy and with Jennie.
  • Mike Staiger (Colby College ’22) is working with the Lake Sunapee Protective Association to develop a food web for Lake Sunapee. He’s also helping with the weekly Gloeo project sampling.