The BRiDGE Coordinating Committee is composed of Nigel Golden, Nadia Fernandez, Elsa Cousins, Brooke Burrows, RoseAnn Vik and Mariela Garcia Arredondo. BRiDGE logos and graphics were designed by Lian Guo.
BRIDGE is supported by the Campus Climate Improvement Grant, Office of Professional Development, Office of the Associate Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion, the College of Natural Science, the School of Earth and Sustainability, and the NSF Graduate Fellowship Learning Community.
Nigel Golden (he/him)
I seek to understand how environmental changes will impact arctic adapted-species like the Arctic Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus parryii) and develop models that will predict shifts in their abundance and distribution.
Mariela Garcia Arredondo (she/her)
I use field observations, synchrotron spectroscopy, and laboratory investigations to understand how root weathering affects carbon loss and accrual in soils.
My research applies genomic tools to understand populations of wildlife species. I study the Golden Dorado (Salminus brasiliensis), using genomic approaches to investigate their contemporary and historical population structure.
Social Psychology – Psychology of Peace and Violence Program
I study how different modes of communication influence individual, group, and societal-level change within both collective action and conflict reconciliation processes.
Elsa Cousins (she/her)
Organismic & Evolutionary Biology
I study the interaction of plants and global change, particularly the evolution of defense chemicals at the edges of non-native plant range expansion.
I study the pathogenesis of Adenovirus 36 to investigate its role in infective obesity and breast cancer.
Molecular and Cellular Biology, Food Science
I study domestication and evolution of microbes associated with food systems, using comparative genomics and bioinformatics to assess taxonomic and functional changes in the microbial community.
Care Anderson (they/them)
Environmental Conservation, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
I study how soil carbon and minerals interact in floodplain ecosystems that experience drastic floods and droughts, which will help us predict whether soils will store or release carbon under climate change.
Psychological & Brain Sciences – Developmental Science
I study how family systems and context promote or inhibit early social-cognitive development.
Psychological & Brain Sciences – Clinical Psychology
I study the ways that the assessment and diagnosis of ADHD in early childhood vary as a function of family factors, specifically culture and race, and other contextual factors that influence externalizing behaviors including parenting and schools.
Neuroscience and Behavior
I study hormones and social behavior in rodents. In particular, I am interested in the neural mechanisms that mediate behavioral differences between closely related social and non-social species.
LeAnn Zuñiga (they/them)
My research investigates the sourcing and transport of dissolved manganese in Massachusetts groundwaters to better understand the presence of manganese in glacial aquifer systems.
I study microbe-mineral interactions and biogenic rock and mineral transformations, catalyzed by high-temperature microbes called hyperthermophilic iron reducers that live in hot springs and deep sea hydrothermal vents.
I study how bacteria interact with plants on the surface of leaves in order to understand if we can utilize these relationships to support sustainable farming practices.
Molecular and Cellular Biology
I investigate how mycobacteria, an important and unique group of bacteria, make, edit and coordinate the synthesis of their cell envelope.
The founding BRiDGE Coordinating Committee was composed of Benjamin Keisling, Raquel Bryant, Nadia Fernandez, Nigel Golden, and Mariela Garcia Arredondo.
My research focuses on identifying the causes of ice-sheet fluctuations during the last few million years and understanding the climatic consequences of ice-sheet collapse.