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Vrinda Suresh

I began working in the Hadly Lab in the summer of 2019, assisting with DNA extractions and dietary analysis of elephant, giraffe, and antelope fecal samples from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Subsequently I have been analyzing seasonal changes in bat species population composition and dietary patterns in and around Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.  I am using iNaturalist/GBIF occurrence data to analyze seasonality of insect populations.  Other tools for identifying bat species and the insects they are consuming include DNA analysis of guano, and bat call analysis of ultrasonic site recordings.  My work contributes to a variety of inquiries into the insect apocalypse and the Anthropocene at Jasper Ridge.  In addition to pursuing a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, I am enrolled in Stanford’s Notation in Science Communication program.