Professor Tom Mullikin
Having led environmental expeditions to every continent, Tom Mullikin brings a unique blend of first-hand experience, critical legal analysis, and community and stakeholder involvement to the leadership of Project Abby 2100. His extensive travel, including multiple trips to the Arctic and Antarctic, provide context to his work as a senior environmental attorney. Tom presently serves as a Research Professor at Coastal Carolina University where he has used his environmental expertise to synthesize solutions to real-world problems with his students.
In April 2015, Tom led a course on global climate change and environmental Policy at Universidad de San Fraciscos' satellite campus on San Cristobal Island, Galapagos. Tom soon realized the threat global climate change posed to this small island and decided to make a difference with his class of six students. Project Abby 2100 will humanize climate change for the inhabitants of San Cristobal over the life span of their elders and the projected life span of a newborn, Abby.
Bryan grew up in the Sonoran desert and had few interactions with marine life; despite these rare occurrences they still greatly influenced his career. Upon enrolling at the University of Arizona for his BSc, he pursed internships that exposed him to large marine fishes. He spent a summer at the Bimini Biological Field Station studying a variety of sharks. He returned to Bimini the following two years where he conducted research for his MSc thesis on the social behavior of lemon sharks (Negaprion brevirostris) while enrolled at Coastal Carolina University. At CCU he has continued research on topics including the physiology of deep-sea sharks and the spatial ecology and feeding preferences of sharks in Winyah Bay.
In addition to his interests in marine ecology, Bryan is also fascinated by global climate change and how policy implementation can impact citizens around the world. As a TA for the class in the Galapagos, Bryan had a wonderful opportunity to assist with Project Abby 2100.
Kaitlyn is a senior undergraduate student at Ithaca College. In May of 2016 she will receive her Bachelors of Science degree in Communications Management and Design with a focus on Corporate Communication. Throughout her studies, she has also focused on environmental science and volunteers at the Paleontological Research Institute helping identify Devonian fossils. She continues her research in waste management for Tompkins County and concepts of sustainability within organizations. Upon graduation she will be working in science communications and expanding on environmental policy.
Bethany is a senior undergraduate student at the University of Rochester. She will receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science in May of 2016. Her research interests include various components of climate change and sustainability. Upon graduation she hopes to gain further experience in sustainability based research before continuing her education in graduate school.
Isabel Villarruel Oviedo
Isabel is currently studying in the Galápagos Islands. She received a bachelor degree at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Biology while investigating the snails of San Cristobal Island. Her team we found two species of invasive snails.
Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Ecology and would like to continue her research on snails in the Galapagos Islands, specifically in San Cristobal. For her team's final project, she will determine if there is any type of competition between introduced and native species. She is also very interested in learning how to mitigate the impacts that humans cause to nature and understanding the dynamics that nature goes through.