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Melissa H. DeSiervo


PhD Student ~ Ayres Lab

I am an ecologist interested in species interactions in a rapidly changing world. My dissertation research is centered around the population biology of Arctic mosquitoes and I study the competing forces that regulate mosquito populations at aquatic vs terrestrial life stages including abiotic vs. biotic and density-dependent vs. density-independent interactions. I do my fieldwork in western Greenland where there is sole species of mosquito (Aedes nigripes) which makes it uniquely possible to measure demographic parameters. I am a graduate fellow for the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) -- a program that engages high school students from three countries (the USA, Denmark and Greenland) in an immersive summer field school in Greenland.

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