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  Who We Are
Whether its conducting assays in the laboratory or catching minnows in a river, students in the Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory gain valuable hands-on research experience. If you'd like to be involved with our lab, please contact us. You can also visit our What We Do page to see more photos of our students and to learn about what we do. Here's a little information about our current students.

Ashley Jessick
UNMC Masters student

Ashley is currently a UNMC student pursuing her Ph. D. in toxicology in the Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory. Her research focuses on the environmental fate of endocrine disrupting compounds and their bioavailability in aquatic systems. She received her M. Sc. from Iowa State University in toxicology with a minor in entomology. Ashley is presently the chairwoman of the North America Student Advisory Council (NASAC) of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) and student representative on the SETAC North American Board of Directors.

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  Lindsey Knight
UNO Masters student

Lindsey graduated in the Fall of 2011 from UNO with a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology and Neuroscience. She is currently pursuing her Masters.  Lindsey enjoys drawing and painting and also hopes to someday utilize her scientific knowledge through biological and medical illustration. 
  Jodi   Jodi Sangster
UNL Ph.D. student

Jodi received her M.S. in Environmental Engineering under the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently examining the role sediments play in the fate, transport, and bioavailability of hormones. Jodi is excited to use her background in both biology and engineering to get insight into this issue.

Racine Rangel
UNO undergraduate student

Racine is a senior at UNO majoring in Biology and has a second appointment as a research assistant in the UNMC division of diabetes, endocrinology, and metabolism. After UNO, she plans to attend a coastal graduate school for marine biology. When she has spare time in her busy schedule her main interests include scuba diving, traveling, ceramics, kayaking and adventures.

Lucas Harrison
UNO undergraduate student

Lucas is a senior pursuing a B.S. in biotechnology. Following an internship at Ash Meadows NWR and a 6 month backpacking trip in the Appalachians, Lucas has developed an interest in bioremediation and hopes to utilize the existing molecular pathways found in biological systems to mitigate the effects of unintended human impact on the enviornment. When not in the lab, studying or working he can be found perfecting his brewing echnique, kayaking the nearby lakes or exploring Omaha's biking trails.


Mike Benner
UNO undergraduate student

Mike is the newest member of our lab! He is a junior working towards a B.S. in biology. His main interests include fish, motorcycles, and nature. After graduation Mike plans on obtaining a M.S. in biology.

Previous students:

Marlo Sellin
Derry Stover
Kelty Abbott
Kathryn Oien
Nick Conoan
Gwendolyn Ryskamp
Bethany McAcy
Josh Krajewski