Current Undergraduate Students

Students that are currently working on projects with me and/or being mentored by me.

JOSEPH TRAINER  Joseph graduated from UCLA in 2018 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry. He recently applied to medical schools around the country, moving a step closer towards his future goal of becoming a Doctor of Emergency Medicine. When Joseph is not studying or working, he enjoys singing, playing piano, and spending time with friends. Under Rob’s tutelage, his research is focused on advancing carbonate clumped isotope thermometry as a tool in the geosciences to accurately predict the extent of changes in climate.

JOSEPH TRAINER

Joseph graduated from UCLA in 2018 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry. He recently applied to medical schools around the country, moving a step closer towards his future goal of becoming a Doctor of Emergency Medicine. When Joseph is not studying or working, he enjoys singing, playing piano, and spending time with friends. Under Rob’s tutelage, his research is focused on advancing carbonate clumped isotope thermometry as a tool in the geosciences to accurately predict the extent of changes in climate.

PAST STUDENTS

Though mentoring never really stops!

Christina Pham

Christina is a fourth year undergraduate student at UCLA studying biochemistry. When she’s not studying, she likes to relax by eating good food with friends and family. Christina collaborates with Rob studying and understanding biomineralization processes of certain sea organisms. 

Lauren Gentile

   

Hayley Bricker

 

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Alex valencia Villa

Alexandra graduated from UCLA in 2018 with a B.S. in Geology and worked in Dr. Tripati’s Lab for 2 years until her graduation. In the lab, she was a part of a variety of projects where she also took on leadership roles. She investigated carbon cycle dynamics in the North Pacific using samples from the Plio-Pleistocene, assisted in the reconstruction of seawater pH using boron isotopes from multiple planktonic foraminifera and their potential to constrain pH, and led a team to calibrate carbonate calcification temperatures derived from clumped isotope analysis in modern samples. Alex was also heavily involved in the Center for Diverse Leadership in Science and supported diversity in science by recruiting diverse lab members and participating in outreach events aimed towards girls and minority groups. As a first-generation Latinx scientist, she hopes to empower others through her story. Alex just started her 1st year as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Geoscience department Her graduate research is centered on the climate reconstruction from the Last Glacial Maximum through the Holocene, from planktonic foraminifera found in sediment cores off the coast of Venezuela. She is also implementing a diversity/outreach committee within the Geoscience Graduate Student Association to increase diversity within the geosciences.