Cavazos to examine questions of community ecology


Brittany Cavazos joined the Rogers Lab fall of 2016. The lab focuses on understanding the role of vertebrates in terrestrial systems. They conduct much of their research on the Mariana Islands. Due to the introduction of the brown tree snake, Guam’s forests are now functionally without birds.

With help from the Harry and Audrey Finch Scholarship , Cavazos, will spend the summer of 2017 in Guam. There she will examine the functional traits of fruit-bearing trees to determine if selective pressures have already changed the plants since the arrival of the brown tree snake.

She will likely continue to examine questions of plant-animal interaction in Guam. But as a fellow of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GFRP), Cavazos has the flexibility and independence in creating her own research focus.

The GRFP, from the National Science Foundation, recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend along with a cost of education allowance for tuition and fees.