Dr. Paige E. Copenhaver-Parry
Dr. Parry is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry at George Fox University. She completed her PhD in Ecology at the University of Wyoming in 2016 under Dr. Dan Tinker and joined the faculty at George Fox University in the fall of 2016. Her research program emphasizes the ecological processes underlying forest tree distributions and range dynamics. Paige currently teaches Ecology, Environmental Science, Plant Biology and Statistical Methods in Biology.
Elizah is a senior majoring in biology and philosophy. Her main interests are in forest and soil ecology and the implications that science may have for living out deeply-rooted, well-informed faith. She joined the Parry Lab in order to learn as much as possible about the world of ecology and to observe the faith journeys of other more senior scientists in the hope that somewhere in the process she would find her own. She is currently investigating the relative impacts of edaphic factors, biotic interactions, and light availability on seedling establishment in the Rocky Mountains using hierarchical Bayesian modeling.
Chris is a junior at George Fox University where he is pursuing a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. His project in the Parry Lab is focused on determining the relative effects of climate and fire on establishment in mixed-species forests in the Rocky Mountains. Chris joined the Parry Lab in order to develop essential scientific competencies (i.e. grant writing, coding, and presenting research) and to perform cutting-edge research in a field that is becoming increasingly more important to understand given the strong, negative human-related impacts on the biosphere. As an aspiring physician, he hopes to use the scientific thinking skills and competencies gained during his time in the Parry Lab to inform his decision-making as a healthcare provider, and to carry out public health studies aimed at improving access to healthcare in America and less developed nations.