People

Principal Investigator
Emily B. Sessa
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012
B.A. Cornell University, 2005

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Weston Testo
Ph.D. University of Vermont, 2017
B.S. Colgate University, 2012
Graduate Students
Jerald Pinson
Ph.D. candidate, Fall 2014–present
M.S. UNC-Wilmington, 2014
B.A. Austin State University, 2012
Jerald
Christopher Krieg
Ph.D. candidate, Fall 2015–present
B.A. Colgate University, 2014
Lindsey Riibe
Ph.D. student, Fall 2017–present
B.S. Portland State University, 2014
Jessie Pelosi
Ph.D. student, Fall 2019–present
B.A. SUNY Buffalo, 2019
Undergraduate Researchers
David Adelhelm
Botany '20


David is a botany major because he grew up on science fiction books and the plants were always the coolest part. He's not quite sure what specifically he's interested in but luckily has got two years still to figure that out. After undergrad, his future plans are hopefully to remain in academia and move onto grad school.
Lab Alumni
Sally Chambers
Former Postdoctoral Research Associate
Sally is now a Research Botanist at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida.
Sally
Lauren Trotta
M.S. University of Florida, 2016
Lauren is now a PhD student in the Baiser lab at UF.
Lauren
Rodrigo Rivero
Biology '17, and 2016 UF University Scholars Program
Rodrigo is earning his MS at the University of Hawaii–Manoa with Dr. Kimberly Carlson.
Rodrigo
Andrea Hammer
Botany '18
Andrea is UF Biology's Botany lab manager as of spring 2019!
Maggy Bunker
Maggy is back home in Michigan after a year in the Sessa lab, and we wish her luck with her next adventure!
Lucy Elkin
Lucy joined the lab as a summer REU student in 2019, before her senior year at Washington & Jefferson College. We will miss her so much!!
Isabel Mansour
Isabel was also a summer 2019 REU researcher, before her sophomore year at Colorado College. We will miss her greatly!!
Emily Lockwood circle 300
Emily Lockwood
Biology '19
Samantha Chavez
Samantha Chavez
Nutritional Sciences '18
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Maria Rodriguez
Biology '18
Matthew Richardson circle 300
Matthew Richardson
Biology/Statistics '18
Allen
Alan Gonzalez
Wildlife Ecology & Conservation '16
Naomi
Naomi Senehi
Environmental Engineering '17
Mary
Mary Regan
Agricultural & Biological Engineering '16
Ashley
Ashley Hale
Chemical Engineering '16
Caitlyn
Kaitlynn Zemaitis
Chemical Engineering '14