Student Researcher & Intern Alumni


Dominic Baechler, Long Beach Coyote Assessment Research Assistant 

Graduating in the Class of 2020, Dominic Baechler is a 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..

Sarah Bruce-Eisen, Rains Research Assistant 

Sarah graduated with a Biology major from LMU in 2018. She is originally from Seattle, Washington and has worked for CURes as a Research Intern and Data Analyst. Through the Rains Research Assistant Program she has worked for two years on a variety of projects. Sarah plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Astrobiology.

Madison Chang, Research Intern 

Madison is a Screenwriting and Environmental Studies major. She grew up in Union City, California and spent her time growing up exploring the wildlife around her home. She is interested in learning about the diverse wildlife in LA, as well as understanding how to improve the environment around her. In her free time, she writes, crochets and plays music in a competitive percussion group.
Kyla Danforth, Gottlieb Fellows Intern 

Kyla graduated in December 2019 with a major in Urban Studies and two minors in Sociology and Asian and Pacific Studies. Along with her academic studies, she is a Division I athlete in both cross country team and track. As a CURes Intern, she was responsible for assisting in much of the work involving Ballona Discovery Park. Under the guidance of Lisa Fimiani, CURes Environmental Leadership Fellow she prepared the BDP marketing materials and surveys and assisted Lisa with guiding tours and elementary school students in the park. She was instrumental in guiding the elementary school tour groups after CURes received a SCE International grant. Kyla is a native of Canyon Country, California and after graduating plans on taking a gap year and furthering her academics in a Master's Program

Kyla Danforth 
Jaclyn Findlay, Long Beach & Culver City Coyote
Assessment Research Assistant

Jaclyn graduated as Biology major at LMU and is 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. Jaclyn was recently accepted into the LMU's Master's program in Environmental Science. She will begin her new studies in January 2020. 

Calvin Foss, Rains Undergraduate Research Fellow 

Calvin Foss working with CURes in the 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) after his freshman year, working on analyzing hydrology and surface water velocity in the Ballona Freshwater Marsh. 

He is from San Francisco and a current physics major at LMU, as well as in the University Honors Program, in the Loyola Rugby Club, and in Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Calvin plans on using the research experience to further his exploration into academic endeavors. He hopes to go to graduate school for Biophysics and earn a doctorate, and then work in industry or as a professor at a university.

Stephen Gloudeman, Long Beach Coyote Assessment Research Assistant 

Stephen graduated from LMU in 2018 with a Biology major and worked for three years in the CURes lab. He enjoys camping, hiking, playing soccer, and traveling. His aspirations are to apply to Dental School in the future.

Reilly Grzywacz, Research Assistant  

Reilly is 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.
Inde Heuman, Restorative Justice Social Media Assistant 

Inde Heuman is an Economics and Environmental Studies major. She is thrilled to work for the LMU Restorative Justice Program as a social media intern. Her passions include learning and finding solutions to social justice issues such as gender rights, justice system reform, and environmental racism.

Restorative Justice Practices are something that Inde is still learning more about every day and she's so excited to share these ideas and practices with her peers and others!

A picture of our student intern, Inde Heuman
Nicole Infantino, Long Beach Coyote Assessment Research Assistant 

Nicole worked with CURes during Summer 2017 and Fall 2018.

She is from Sacramento, California and is currently a Junior at Loyola Marymount University, majoring in Biology. In addition to working on CURes' Long Beach Coyote project, Nicole is a member of Sursum Corda Service Organization, the Communications chair of the University Honors Progam, President of Just for Clicks Tap Dance Club, a Seaver Liason through the Center of Student Success, and a Tour Guide through the University Admissions Office.

Nicole Infantino bio pic 
Alexis Isaev, Long Beach Coyote Assessment Research Assistant 

Alexis graduated from LMU in 2018 with a Biology Major with Minors in Biochemistry and Asian Pacific Studies.

He worked with CURes on crow and coyote research from Fall 2015 - Spring 2018. He was also involved with biomedical research on pulmonary fibrosis, medical internships, and plan to pursue the medical field in his future career.

Arturo Jacobo, Social Media Intern 

Arturo did research with CURes during the 2017-2018 academic year as a sophomore and during Summer 2018 through the Summer Undergraduate Research Program. He is from San Diego, California, and is majoring in Urban Studies with a minor in International Relations. After LMU, Arturo plans on attending law school! 

DeLisa Madere, Long Beach Coyote Assessment Research Assistant 

DeLisa worked with CURes from Fall 2017 - Fall 2018 during her sophomore and junior years. She is from Los Angeles, California and is a Biology major and a Dance minor. She works with CURes as an independent researcher along with Student Employment Services as an Office Coordinator. She has a love for animals as well as a passion for helping others and hopes to combine both of these aspects in a future career.

David Ramirez, Hummingbird Torpor Research Assistant 

David did research with CURes during the 2017-18 academic year as a freshman.

On campus, he is involved in the Resident Hall Association as Vice President for Rosecrans and saxophonist for the university choir. David is interested in being part of research to improve the outcome of the future for animals around the world. He wants to be involved as soon as possible because time is of the essence, and research experience is one step forward to a better tomorrow. He plans to become a zoologist and conduct independent research, as well as being a conservationist. He is originally from Bellflower, CA.

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 has lived in Hawaii. He 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.

Oscar Repreza bio pic 
Ashley Rietmann, Culver City Coyote, Rains Research Assistant
Ashley is a pre-medical Biology student graduating early in Spring 2020. After graduation, she plans on travelling and working for a year and then going on to medical school. Ashley grew up in Medford, Oregon and loves living in the Pacific Northwest. Her hobbies include travelling, animals, and spending time outdoors.
Ashley Reitmann 
Grace Riggs, Research Intern
Grace grew up on Vashon Island, Washington and is a Biology major planning on going to pharmacy school after she graduates. In addition to working for CURes, she is also a member of the University Honors Program, works as a TA in the Biology Department, and is passionate about her new on-campus organization, Students Demand Action, a chapter of Everytown for Gun Safety that is committed to ending gun violence in our communities.
Hallie Ryan, Long Beach Coyote Assessment Research Assistant 

Hallie worked with CURes during Fall 2018 as a junior. She is from Kansas City, Missouri and is a Biology major interested in pursuing post-graduate service and an eventual career in public health. She works with CURes on the Long Beach Coyotes project. In addition to her time spent at CURes, Hallie is also a member of Belles Service Organization and the University Honors Program.

Rance Smith, Silver Lake Reservoir Survey Research Assistant 

Rance Smith worked with CURes in the Fall 2018 semester as a sophomore.

He was born in New Haven, CT and lived in Charlotte, NC for nine years. He is a sophomore, film production major. He loves basketball and being physically active. Rance plays video games and loves watching Her, Family Guy, The 100, and American Dad. He drinks water and loves exploring places he has not been. Rance loves flowers, clouds, mountains, sunrises, sunsets, and the moon. Need someone in walking a mountain, riding a bike, and sighting birds? He is here. Rance is excited to work in CURes in communicating with people, in making communities sustainable and adaptable, understanding nature, and keeping Earth producing life. He looks forward in exchanging ideas and exploring Silver Lake.

Monica Taimoori, Research Assistant & Intern 

Monica will graduate as part of the class of 2020, with a Political Science and Urban Studies double major. Growing up in Los Angeles, she has always been fascinated by city-life, the architecture of buildings in cities, and their profound impacts on the natural environment. Specifically, she has been interested in studying governmental policies and environmental initiatives that aim to create more sustainable cities. In addition to working at CURes, Monica is a member of the Student Worker program where she has worked at the LMU recycling yard collecting recyclable materials to form bales. She is an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta on campus and enjoys going to concerts in her free time.  

Monica Taimoori 
Kaitlyn Yee, Hummingbird Torpor Research Assistant 

Kaitlyn graduated from LMU in 2018 with a Biology Major and was part of the hummingbird research at CURes since October 2016. Always interested in plants and animals, Kaitlyn plans to share her interest through teaching biology at the secondary level in schools in her home state of Hawaii, hopefully bringing active research into the classes she will one day teach.

Armaan Zaré, Long Beach Coyote Assessment Research Assistant 

Armaan graduated from LMU in 2018 with a Biology Major and double Minors in Biochemistry and Asian and Pacific studies. He was born in La Canada Flintridge, California.  Armaan applied to medical school as he desires to become a physician. He worked in two research labs on campus, was the Vice president of men's club soccer, and was the new member educator of Delta Sigma Phi men's fraternity.