User:Nico

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About Me

I'm a senior at Harvard concentrating in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology with a secondary field in Philosophy and some training in Classical and Near Eastern languages. My main academic interests include molecular biology, microbial physiology and ecology, bioengineering, metaphysics, philosophy of science, action, language, and religion, Christian theology, biblical studies, and classical and near eastern language and literature. I work with the Girguis Lab in Harvard's Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology on microbial fuel cells and the mechanisms and environmental impacts of unmediated extracellular electron transfer (EET). My senior thesis next year will involve using metabolic flux analysis to better understand EET's physiological significance. In my spare time, I write for and serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the Ichthus, Harvard College's journal of Christian thought and expression, and staff two conferences for Harvard Model Congress, an educational government simulation for High School students across America.

I'm incredibly excited to be in Borneo! I've become increasingly interested in the field aspect of biological research over the past year, and my time here is a great opportunity to experience it firsthand as a possible career option. I've also always been enchanted by the incredible diversity of tropical ecosystems, and what I learn here will enable me to further explore and refine my interest by asking specific questions about different taxa and connecting my studies to the very practical field of conservation biology.

Projects

Focal Taxon

My focal taxon here is the genus Ficus of figs (Moraceae), encompassing both stranglers and free-living trees. To see the taxonomic work I've done so far, visit my focal taxon page.

Lambir Hills

Kimberly, Doni, and I estimated the amount of carbon stored as aboveground biomass in four representative rain forest ecosystems.

Gaya Island

Thasun and I measured and compared baseline demographic and morphometric attributes of two populations of shore-dwelling crabs.

Maliau Basin

Rachel and I investigated the reproductive ecology and circadian rhythms of a population of spore-dispersing Ganoderma bracket fungi.


Real Name: Cameron Domenico Kirk-Giannini
Dets so far: 9