WASHINGTON (August 12, 2013) – Howard University biology sophomore Earyn McGhee traveled to Arizona for three weeks this summer to track lizard populations at the Southwestern Research Station in the state’s Chiricahua Mountains. The station is affiliated with the American Museum of Natural History.
McGhee served as a research assistant to George Middendorf, Ph.D., Howard University biology professor, and collected data for a long-term lizard demography study. She was supported by a National Science Foundation Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology grant for the research. During the academic year, McGhee is a member of the California Club, Howard University Environmental Society (HUES) and Howard’s Strategies for Ecology Education Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS) chapter.
McGhee said she learned about the opportunity from a friend. She said the summer experience has led her to reconsider career options.
“This was an eye-opening experience,” McGhee said. “After graduation, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go on to veterinary school or study to get a doctorate. This experience has geared me in the direction of getting a Ph.D., so I can continue researching.”