Georgia Team

Megan Beaudry

University of Georgia

Megan Beaudry is a first year PhD student in the Department of Environmental Health Science at the University of Georgia working with Dr. Travis Glenn and Dr. Erin Lipp. Megan graduated summa cum laude from Keene State College in 2015 with a degree in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science (BS), and will receive a Master of Science (MS) in Environmental Health Science from the University of Alberta in 2018. Her research interests include microbial water quality and genomics. Megan enjoys participating in outreach activities and has educated children on how to stay safe if they become lost via the “Lostproofing” program. In her spare time, she enjoys running marathons, climbing mountains, and eating ice cream.

Danielle Dankner

University of Georgia

Danielle is an Administrative Associate in the Environmental Health Science department at the University of Georgia. She received her BS in Sociology from the University of Georgia in 2015. She spent many years as a private tutor for her peers and younger students. She is very excited to contribute her knowledge and ideas to help translate research for the younger generation.

Julia Frederick

University of Georgia

Julia is a first year PhD student in Dr. Travis Glenn’s lab and is an NSF Fellow for UGA’s Interdisciplinary Disease Ecology Across Scales (IDEAS) program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with high honors from Georgia Institute of Technology. She has spent time volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation center where student outreach was a focus, and has always enjoyed introducing children and teens to the sciences. She looks forward to continuing these outreach efforts!

Maite Ghazaleh

University of Georgia

Maite is a PhD student in Dr. Erin Lipp’s environmental microbiology lab. Her current research focuses on the health of coral reef ecosystems. She is interested in studying how Saharan dust events and ocean warming affect coral disease and the coral-associated microbial community. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015, and received her BS with Highest Honors in Environmental & Marine Science. Maite channels her passion for science through local community outreach, and is a co-Founder of SciREN Georgia. She enjoys painting, relaxing with family, and eating Brazilian food.

Megan Lott

University of Georgia

Megan Lott is a first year PhD student and Presidential Fellow in the Department of Environmental Health Science at the University of Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) in May 2017, and her Master of Science (MS) in May 2018 at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Her research interests focus on the microbial quality of water resources, water and waste water infrastructure, and low-cost detection methods for water monitoring and treatment. Megan hopes to encourage community-based research by connecting with educators and young scientists.

Madison O’Malley

University of Georgia

Madison O’Malley is a second year Master’s student in the Department of Environmental Health Science at the University of Georgia, where she also received her Bachelor of Science in Biology. Her research interests include aquatic microbial communities and how they affect human health, as well as environmental health impacts on children. She worked with the Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Management Program for a year, where she focused on education and outreach. With ACC Stormwater she traveled to schools across the county teaching about water quality, conservation and it’s importance throughout a local community. Madison’s interests include working with kids, traveling and being outdoors.

Carol Yang

University of Georgia

Carol is a Master’s student in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development at UGA. She received her B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. During that time, she was also excited about education and worked in a couple elementary schools in Charlottesville. Carol went on to work in Costa Rica for several years, as the Environmental Education coordinator, at a K-11 bilingual school. Carol is very interested in not only ecology, but also environmental education and outreach. Participating in EcoReach, as well as SciREN, have been great opportunities for her to learn and engage with students and a wider community.

Ruth Wangia

University of Georgia

Ruth is a PhD student working with Dr. Luke Naeher on exposure and risk assessment  of household air pollution in Peru. Ruth graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. Ruth loves to help high school kids with Science projects during her free time. Ms.Wangia is a native of Kenya, East Africa and has spent some time living in Denmark and France. She enjoys cooking, travel, hiking, reading and meditation. Ruth is a co-founder of SciREN Georgia.

Georgia Team Alumni
Chandler Countryman (UGA)
Maria Letourneau (UGA)
Courtney Thomas, Georgia Team Founder (UGA)