The Team

Rosario Marroquin-Flores is standing in a marsh wearing waders. She is holding a turtle in her hands.

Rosario Marroquin-Flores

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Founder & Senior Editor

I am currently a PhD candidate in the Bowden-Paitz Lab at Illinois State University. In my research, I study the genes and hormones that organize ovary and testis development in turtles. I have also started to study how PubNavigator articles can be used as a teaching tool in the classroom. In my free time, I like to binge watch horror movies, cuddle up with my pets, and love to go camping and hiking.

Elyse McCormick

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Senior Editor

I am currently a M.S. student at Illinois State University. I’m a member of the Sadd Lab, and my research investigates the outcomes of parasite co-infections in bumble bee hosts.  When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy reading, music, and dreaming up my next travel adventure!

Maisam Yousef

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Associate Editor

I am currently working as a Research Analyst in the Crop Science field. I received my B.S. in Biology with a focus in Neuroscience from Illinois State University. During my free time, I enjoy music, reading books, running and hiking.

Emily Kerns

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Associate Editor

I’m a PhD student in the Weber Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We study fish to understand how animals evolve in response to new environments. I became interested in the connection between the environment and evolution because of my job as a Forest Service field biologist collecting environmental data (I spent my days wading through streams and hiking around mountains) and my undergraduate research experience in population genetics at the University of North Florida. In my free time I enjoy camping, hiking, reading, concerts, and fancy cocktail bars.

Ian Rines is standing in front of a research poster.

Ian Rines

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Editor

I am currently a PhD candidate in Biology at Illinois State University. I am a member of the Sadd-Sakaluk Lab and my research investigates the role of proteins that male crickets transfer to females when mating. When not doing grad school things, I enjoy watching tv, houseplants (good at buying, bad at caring for), and mild hiking.

Madi Rittinger

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Editor

I am currently a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Rodriguez Lab. I aim to study animal cognition using spiders. When I’m not busy with research or other various schoolwork, I enjoy playing basketball, board games, and annoying my cat Ollivander (aka Ollie).

Jaclyn Everly

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Editor

I’m currently a Ph.D. student in the Juliano Lab at Illinois State University. I study the unintended ecological consequences of mosquito control techniques, specifically the use of a common pesticide called Bti. Understanding ecology and how life “works” has added so much value to my life. I aim to make biology accessible to others in the hope that it will also add value to their lives. In my free time, I love hanging out with my dog and cat, exploring the outdoors with my partner, gardening, and trying new beers at craft breweries. 


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