Corinne M. LaViolette

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Undergraduate Mentoring


Environmental Biology


Current Research
Dr. Maribeth Watwood's Lab
NAU Microbiology

Northern Arizona University

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Hello, my name is Corinne and I am happy to be part of the UMEB program at NAU. I encourage those students who are interested to apply!!! When I began studying biology I was interested in the MACRO world, but overtime I began to get excited about soils and the micororganisms that inhabit them. Soils offer an area of study that integrates biology and chemistry and that appeals to me.

I am beginning a research project that involves looking for environmental viruses in soil samples from different environmental gradients in the Flagstaff, AZ area. These gradients range from elevations of around 5000 ft. to elevations as high as 11,000 ft. Along these gradients dominant vegetation changes from Pinyon-Juniper woodland to Ponderosa Pine, Aspen, and Fir forest. Flagstaff is a unique area with a varied landscape which creates a fascinating area in which to study ecosystem dynamics.

Ebola Cowpea