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School of Biological Sciences Piovia-Scott Lab



DSCF2242-4Jonah Piovia-Scott
phone: 360-546-9657


Jonah grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and got his undergraduate education at UC Santa Cruz. After finishing his undergraduate degree he worked as a technician at the University of Washington School of Oceanography before going on to get his PhD at UC Davis with Thomas Schoener and David Spiller. He did postdoctoral research at UC Davis and UC Berkeley with Louie Yang, Mary Power, Sharon Lawler, and Janet Foley. After spending a year as an Assistant Professor at UC Riverside he moved to WSUV, where he has been an Assistant Professor since 2015. He enjoys hiking, gardening, and playing with his children.


John Romansic


John grew up in seven different states around the US and landed at UC Berkeley for an undergraduate education in biology and English. His PhD research at Oregon State University and postdoctoral work at the University of South Florida focused on the influence of environmental conditions on the disease ecology of amphibians. John also applied his ecological expertise as an environmental consultant in the San Francisco area. His current research investigates the role of ecosystem engineering by beavers in conservation of amphibians in montane habitats threatened by climate change. Besides doing science, John also likes hiking, playing basketball, and speaking Irish.



IMG_1081Kimberly Cook


Kim graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2015 with a BS in Biology. As a PhD student in the Piovia-Scott lab, she is studying the effects of climate change on frog-disease interactions. In her spare time she likes to go to stand-up comedy, hike, and rock climb.

Nicolette Nelson


Nicolette grew up near Sonora, California and received a BS in Wildlife from Humboldt State University in 2016. She first became acquainted with the Piovia-Scott lab when she worked for the Forest Service as a Cascades frog research technician during the summer after graduating. Her research interests include spatial ecology, alpine habitats, and amphibian conservation. As a new PhD student, she aims to investigate the effects of alpine habitat restoration on frog-disease interactions. In her spare time, Nicolette enjoys exploring the outdoors with her border collie Andie, cooking for friends, and doing ceramics.

Andrew McIntyre

Growing up in Massachusetts, Andrew graduated from the University of Maine in 2011 with a BS in Zoology. Since then he has worked as a wildlife biologist in many different capacities including studying bird phenology in Acadia National Park, working with spotted owls in the Tahoe National Forest, and most recently working as a Desert Tortoise Biologist based out of Las Vegas. In Dr. Piovia-Scott’s lab, Andrew will be seeking a Master’s in Biology and will be focusing on forest thinning treatments and their effects on local amphibian populations in the Lassen National Forest. In his spare time Andrew loves to hike, train for marathons, and play with his dog Penny.



Alysha Henderson

Alysha is studying Earth & Environmental Science with a minor in Zoology. She developed an interest in wildlife disease while working in the Piovia-Scott lab and hopes to study wildlife fungal pathogens when she applies to graduate programs. In her spare time she enjoys baking, herping with lab mates, and taking her two dogs on hikes

Chelsea Osbron

Chelsea is a post-baccalaureate intern who graduated from the University of Portland in 2017 with a B.S. in biology, where she also studied chemistry and French. She is a native of the Portland/Vancouver area and enjoys reading, solving puzzles, and playing her viola. She has interests in pathogenesis and host-disease interactions, and will be pursuing a master’s degree in Molecular Biosciences at WSU beginning in fall 2019.

Erick Videira Paucar

Erick is a fourth year undergraduate student pursuing a major in biology and minor in molecular biology at WSUV. He hopes to attend medical school after graduating. He enjoys being outdoors and hiking whenever he has the chance.


Monica Draculan

Monica is an undergraduate student studying Biology with a minor in Psychology.  Her interests include mycology, social justice, and botany. After joining Piovia-Scott lab her interest in wildlife conservation and diseases has grown. When she isn’t in school, you can find her reading, trying out new restaurants, and discovering new hiking trails.

Helena Coker

Helena is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Washington State studying neuroscience and biology with minors in zoology and chemistry. After graduating from WSUV, she hopes to pursue a doctorate in animal behavior. She is new to the Portland area and enjoys exploring the Pacific NW, reading, volunteering at animal focused organizations, and spending time with her dog, Shadow.

Luke Slind

Luke is a northwest native and is currently studying Biology. He is particularly interested in Herpetology and wildlife conservation. He hopes to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after completing his degree at WSUV. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, herping, reading, and playing video games.

Mitchell Carey

Mitchell is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Biology. He has lived in southwest Washington for most of his life and is particularly interested in wetland and community ecology. After graduation, he hopes to work in research for the USGS, the Forest Service, or another federal agency. In his spare time, he enjoys any outdoor activities, reading, and video games.


Heather Kenny

Heather became involved with the Piovia-Scott research team when she was an undergraduate at UC Davis in 2013. Since then she has worked on the frog field crew, and also been the Piovia-Scott lab manager first at UC Riverside and then at WSU Vancouver. She is particularly interested in behavioral ecology and recently received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to study behavior in birds.

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Amaury Ferrer

Amaury completed her undergraduate degree at WSUV in 2018, and is currently working as a research technician at a microbiology company.

Paige Jernigan

Paige completed her undergraduate degree at WSUV in 2018, and is pursuing a career in Environmental Science.

Jennifer Ruthruff

Jennifer completed her undergraduate degree at WSUV in 2017. She is moving on to a job as a field research technician in eastern Oregon and plans to travel the world once that job is complete.

Karina Exton

Karina interned in the lab as a WSUV undergraduate student majoring in biology. She is interested in studying microbes and examining their interactions with the environment. She plans to attend graduate school and continue research that focuses on microbiology.

Angelica Harig

Angelica is is continuing her studies at WSUV and pursuing a career in bioinformatics and agricultural inspection/security.

Nathan Hall

Nathan interned in the lab as a WSUV undergraduate majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Biology.