Ellen O. Martinson
PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 2012
Postdoc, University of Rochester, 2013-2017
Postdoc, University of Georgia, 2017-2019
Patrick J Zedalis
Research Scientist I
I was brought aboard the Martinson lab in October 2021. My interests include microbiology, botany, and immunology. I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.S. in biology. Recently, I applied to UNM's Biology Graduate Program where I hope to conduct research focusing on the field of botany. As earth's natural and synthetic environments continue to face threats rooted in climate change, it is my desire to research sustainable solutions by which the agricultural industry and other sectors of plant science can use to effectively mitigate/limit the negative effects brought on by climate change
I am fortunate enough to be able to work in the Martinson Lab developing a basis of research skills and experience. My interests include genetics and medicine. I am currently applying to medical school and will use these skills to perform and parse through new research to ultimately provide better care to my patients.
I joined the lab in January 2021 as a lab assistant; my work primarily consisted of rearing arthropods for research in venom evolution. I have since transitioned into assisting on the gall project which investigates the community ecology and evolution of galling insect Aciurina. I am interested in interspecies relationships, primarily parasite/host interactions and specimen preparation for museum collections. When I'm not studying or working in the Martinson lab, you can find me preparing mammal specimens at the Museum of Southwestern Biology. I will be graduating with a BA in Biology and minor in Anthropology in May 2022.