S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources
Peak Prize: Undergraduate Researchers of the Year
Jesse Fleri is a fourth-year student pursuing a B.S. in Conservation and Restoration Ecology with double minors in fisheries science and soil science. He will graduate with honors in the spring of 2018 having completed four research projects on a variety of natural resources topics. He has conducted research with physicists in a radiocarbon dating lab, environmental engineers assessing wastewater treatment standards, aquatic entomologists investigating life history bottlenecks in macroinvertebrate communities and geomorphologist modelling salt marsh morphodynamics in restored Chesapeake Bay islands. Jesse has been fortunate in his research pursuits, having participated in the NSF funded EPSCoR iUtah fellows programs as well as the NSF funded Maryland Sea Grant Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) fellows program. Jesse has presented oral and poster presentations at several conferences and recently had work he co-authored accepted for presentation at the European Geoscience Union. He is currently in the process of preparing two manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Jesse hopes to pursue graduate education internationally in conservation planning,
community ecology, or spatial ecology of invasive species.