Undergraduate Research Assistant
Caroline Schreck is a fourth-year student Environmental Science major with a minor in Conservation Biology. Originally working in the Wayne Lab extracting and analyzing eDNA from soil samples, she has also assisted with the California’s DNA field course. Her work consisted of photographing and cataloguing insects collected by students on iNaturalist, as well as extracting DNA from insect samples and co-writing an online DNA barcoding tutorial for the class. She is currently collaborating with Justin Saiz from the Bureau of Land Management and other Wayne Lab researchers on a landmark camera trap study of the Mojave desert springs. Apart from her research, she loves knitting, herps, and cross-country road trips that hit national parks along the way to and from her hometown in Florida. She enjoys communicating environmental issues through writing and the use of programming or GIS tools, and hopes to work post-grad combining her research skills and passion of advocacy for humans and wildlife.