Meet the members of the Mims Lab!
Meryl C. Mims, PhD
Meryl Mims is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. She is also an affiliated faculty member with VT's Global Change Center. Meryl completed her Master's (2010) and PhD (2015) at the University of Washington in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. She then served as a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the U.S. Geological Survey in Corvallis, Oregon, before joining the faculty at Virginia Tech.
Mary Jade ("MJ") Farruggia
Mary Jade (MJ) Farruggia is a PhD student in the Mims Lab and an Interfaces of Global Change graduate fellow. She completed her undergraduate degree in ecology at the University of California, San Diego. Prior to joining the lab, she worked on aquatic communities in both marine and freshwater systems in California. MJ studies the effect of hydroperiod on communities of amphibians and aquatic invertebrates in ephemeral desert ponds in Southeast Arizona.
MJ occasionally contributes articles to the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group. Check out her writing here!
Chloe Moore joined the Mims Lab in Fall 2017. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science at the University of Georgia in 2015. While in undergrad she researched the effects of land cover on hellbender presence detected using environmental DNA. Prior to joining the lab, Chloe worked and researched in a variety of fields, including a national laboratory in Long Island, NY and a national wildlife refuge in Tallahassee, FL. She had the opportunity to do a range of things from assisting the surgery of a red wolf to surveying for tiger salamanders in frozen lakes.
Steffany is a research technician in the lab and works on all kinds of projects, from our trait databases to study design to the day-to-day lab management! She has experience in molecular ecology, many field techniques, and all things lab management. She's also a very talented potter.
London Hughes is currently in his sophomore year at Virginia Tech and joined the Mims Lab in fall 2017. He is from Roanoke, Virginia, and has been a Hokie his whole life. London is a biology major who plans to go on a pre-med or pre-vet pathway. He is currently volunteering as an undergraduate in Mims Lab and is working with Chloe Moore on a trait database for toads and frogs in the United States. He enjoys all outdoor activities and is helping the Mims Lab contribute to the understanding of freshwaters and their organisms.