Current Student Researchers

Dominic Baechler, Long Beach Coyote Assessment Research Assistant 
Dominic Baechler is a second year Biology major at LMU from Berkeley, California. Growing up he learned to love the outdoors and wildlife in Northern California while also cultivating his passion for soccer and the violin. He is interested in the natural sciences, especially veterinary medicine. Other than research, Dominic is a part of the service organization community where he works within the greater Los Angeles area. 
Liam Chamberlin, Media Development Intern 

Liam Chamberlin is a second-year undergraduate student at Loyola Marymount University. He is a Screenwriting major with potential minors in English and Environmental Studies. Liam grew up in rural northeastern Washington, just outside the town of Republic. An avid skier and hiker, Liam plans to pursue his passion for the outdoors in his career as well as his personal life. He joined CURes in order to contribute to environmental action and restorative justice on the LMU campus, in the greater Los Angeles area, and around the world.

 
Reilly Grzywacz, Silver Lake Reservoir Survey Research Assistant 

Reilly is currently a freshman at LMU from Cross River, New York. She is studying environmental studies, and is considering a minor in urban studies. Having grown up next to a large nature reserve, Reilly has always been passionate about the environment and the outdoors. Along with her work as a CURes research assistant, Reilly is involved with the Outdoors Club, I Am That Girl, and is the garden coordinator for the ECO Students Club. 

 
Jaclyn Findlay, Long Beach Coyote Assessment Research Assistant 
Jaclyn is a senior Biology major at LMU and a Vancouver, Canada native. She has always had a love for the Sciences. Jaclyn is aspiring to further her education and pursue a Masters degree, as well as work in the fields of urban ecology and sustainability. She joined CURes due to her passion for ecology, eagerness to obtain new knowledge, and desire to assist in conducting research that can educate and improve local communities. Jaclyn has also done research for the Women's Studies Department at LMU, narrowing in on global ecological injustices. She is also an active member of the ECO Service Club and was part of LMU Athletics.
Jarrod Kleya, Long Beach Coyote Assessment Research Assistant 
Jarrod is a second year Environmental Science major from Charlton Massachusetts. He grew up in a small rural town outside of Boston, where he developed a passion for nature, camping, and sports after getting involved with Boy Scouts and soccer. Other than research Jarrod enjoys spending time with friends, volunteering, working at LMUCC, and participating in various clubs. Bio pic
Jordan Lindsey, Environmental Research Assistant 

Jordan Lindsey is a second year Communications major at LMU who is currently deciding to minor in either environmental studies or business. She grew up in Torrance, California which is only 30 minutes south of campus. A devoted animal lover and climate change advocate – Jordan looks forward to directing a non-profit one day. Jordan joined CURes because she values sustainability and feels excitement for research. When she is not working as a research assistant for CURes, you can find Jordan participating in the Entrepreneurship Society, the Tau Sigma National Honor’s Society or working as a Communications Assistant for Seaver College of Science and Engineering.

Nia Phillips, Restorative Justice Research Assistant 

Nia Phillips is a third-year Communication Studies major at Loyola Marymount University. Nia was born in in the small town of Walnut, California, however, grew up in Washington, Hawaii, Arkansas, and Maryland. While living in these communities she noticed a disconnect of the people to their community, so as she began to establish herself in Los Angeles, an urge for exploring community and its communication, or lack thereof, with its people became apparent. Nia admires restorative practices for its inclusivity, structure, and holistic approach. With a passion for writing and community service, Nia also enjoys writing self-help articles and volunteering at the Inglewood Library. She cannot wait to learn and grow with the Restorative Justice Program at LMU this semester, and assist the program in creating better community environments!

 
Julia Pradel, Environmental Research Assistant 
Julia Pradel is a sophomore Sociology and Urban Studies double major.  She grew up on Bainbridge Island, a small town just a boat ride away from downtown Seattle, Washington.  While living here, Julia developed a passion for social justice and was involved in multiple clubs and volunteer opportunities.  Julia now applies this passion during her time as a member of the Ignations Service Organization, along with working on environmental justice research with CURes.  During her time as a student researcher, Julia hopes to develop her skills in mapping data sets and to pursue a focus in learning spatial analysis.
Grace Riggs, Long Beach Coyote Assessment Research Assistant 

Grace grew up on Vashon Island, Washington and is currently a sophomore Biology major on the pre-med track. In addition to working for CURes, she is also a member of the University Honors Program, works in the Biology Department as a General Biology Lab TA, and plays the French horn for a chamber ensemble in the music department.

 
Oscar Repreza, Ballona Wetlands Monitoring Research Assistant 

Oscar is a Senior Biology student with an interest in Wildlife Biology. He grew up in Los Angeles and have lived in Hawaii and Kansas and has always been fascinated by the way that animals learn to interact with humans. Understanding interactions between coyotes and ranchers in Kansas, the impact of introduced species in Hawaii, or the best way to care for a natural resource like Ballona Wetlands are all important things to him. Oscar currently assists on a project to quantify mosquito larvae at the wetlands.

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Matt Sheridan, Long Beach Coyote Assessment Research Assistant 

Matt grew up in Saratoga, California before coming to Los Angeles to attend LMU. He is a senior Biology major and is interested in attending medical school after receiving his B.S. degree. Matt is an independent research student for CURes and an executive board member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

 

Ian Wright, Ballona Wetlands Monitoring Research Assistant

 
Ian is a Junior Biology major from Sacramento, California. Feeling at home in the natural world, he has a tendency to question how the world around him really works. Ian wants to pursue a research oriented career, the end goal being a spot in higher education so he can inspire curiosity in others. Aside from the science of nature, Ian loves exploring human endeavors such as music, architecture, photography, film, religion, philosophy, yoga, and more. All the better when they come together! Ian Wright student bio pic