Past RMNP Research Fellows

Meet Some of Our Past Bailey – RMNP Research Fellows

Laura Scott

2018 Research Fellow
Hometown: Midwest City, OK
College: B.S. Oklahoma State University (Zoology);M.S. Tulane University (Epidemiology)
Currently working on PhD in Environmental Health at Tulane University

Career Goal: Laura was interested in performing outbreak and infectious disease surveillance at the federal level, particularly within the Department of the Interior. In particular, she was focused on antibiotic resistance and zoonotic disease.

Fellowship Goals: Laura hoped to quantify the presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in soil and water within the park and determine what anthropogenic and physical factors predict the presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria. She also wanted to assess human health risk from resistant, pathogenic bacteria in soil and water in the park.


Tim Korpita

2017 Research Fellow
Hometown: Southampton, Massachusetts
College: Tufts University; PhD.: University of Colorado, Boulder

Career Goal: Tim is hoping to either teach at a small college or be involved in conservation research and outreach.

Fellowship Research Goals: : Tim’s efforts involve isolating strains of Janthinobacterium lividum for future use in anti-Bd probiotic treatment for endangered amphibians. He also worked to determine what environmental conditions are associated with J.lividumL abundance and evaluate the persistence of J. lividumL in soil after bioaugmentation treatments.


Isabelle Oleksy

2016 Research Fellow
Hometown: Billerica, Massachusetts
College: University of New Hampshire

Career Goal: Bella wanted to conduct policy-relevant scientific research relating to climate change and aquatic ecosystems, particularly in mountainous areas. Ultimately, she wanted to work closely with or within a governmental agency as a research scientist.

Fellowship Goals: : Bella’s internship goal was to closely study and monitor a subalpine and alpine lake in the Loch Vale Watershed of Rocky Mountain National Park (The Loch and Sky Pond, respectively) to understand what factors are influencing increased primary productivity, or algal growth, in low-nutrient waters. Her methods included weekly sampling water and algae from The Loch and Sky Pond, as well as performing laboratory experiments to gain a better understanding in how algal growth changes through time. By the end of the summer, she hoped to gain insight into what controls their formation and how they acquire nutrients.


Tyler Williams

2015 Research Fellow
Hometown: Mountain Home, Arkansas
College: University of Colorado, Denver

Career Goal: Tyler planned to work in the National Park System, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or with a state park system.

Fellowship Research Goals:Tyler was collecting field data that to help clarify the RMNP limber pine metapopulation and to develop research skills that will be useful in future endeavors.


Joshua Johnson

2014 Research Fellow
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
College: University of Colorado, Boulder

Fellowship Goals: Joshua conducted a park research project to understand the geologic evolution of the Colorado Front Range, including Rocky, using a technique called (U-Th)/He thermochronology. He collected samples within the park for this analysis with the goal of understanding how erosion has shaped the park’s dramatic landscape, from the formation of the bedrock over 1 billion years ago to the more recent formation of the modern Rocky Mountains.


Greg Pappas

2013 Research Fellow
Hometown: Cheyenne, Wyoming
College: University of Wyoming

Career Goal: Vegetation Ecologist

Fellowship Research Goals: Greg’s proposed research aimed to characterize the response of understory vegetation to mountain pine beetle-induced reductions in overstory canopy cover across lodgepole pine forest types of western Rocky Mountain National Park. The study’s findings enhanced the understanding of a major, but relatively overlooked, component of mountain pine beetle-associated forest change.


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Katie Renwick

2012 Research Fellow
Hometown: Ithaca, New York
College: Colorado State University
B.A. from Colby College

Career Goal: Job in natural resources management

Fellowship Goals: My research project is focused on understanding how the mountain pine beetle outbreak and climate change may interact to affect forest composition. The ultimate goal is to create predictive models of forest change that can help park manager’s plan for the future.


Karista Hudelson

2011 Research Fellow
Hometown: Marietta, Oklahoma
College: University of North Texas

Career Goal: Karista’s long term goals were to research and conserve aquatic ecosystems with an emphasis on toxicology and human impacts to those systems and the resulting quality of life of their inhabitants.

Fellowship Research Goals: The goals of her proposal were to determine whether there were blue copepods within the wetlands and ponds of RMNP, determine whether calanoid copepod color pattern is related to UV, and determine if pigmented calanoids within the park are distinct species.