Student Researchers


Isabelle Cisneros

Isabelle feeding a hummingbird.

Isabelle joined the lab as a junior biology, and was the first research student who was funded via crowd sources.  What was really special about this crowd sources effort was that most of the backers of Isabelle’s project were former Powers lab research students who wanted to give back for the experience they received.  Isabelle’s core project was measurement of nighttime hypothermia (torpor) in hummingbirds to see if they could use shallow torpor (body temperature decrease of 5-10 °C) as an alternative to deep torpor (body temperature decrease of >20 °C) for balancing their energy budget.  This is an important questions because as nighttime temperatures rise due to climate change the ability to use shallow torpor (like many other bird species) could allow better survivorship in current habitats.  If you want to learn more details about Isabelle’s project click here

Emma Bloomquist

Emma setting up the IR camera.

Emma joined the lab as a junior biology major who is also in the George Fox University (GFU) Honors program.  Emma is funded by the GFU Richter Scholar Program.  Emma’s core project is near and dear to the heart of the Powers lab as she is studying the ability of hummingbirds to dissipate heat during hovering at high temperature.  Her work will be the central part of a third paper from the Powers lab on heat dissipation during flight in hummingbirds.  This work will be done at the University of Montana in collaboration with Dr. Bret Tobalske, an internationally renown flight biomechanisit who has collaborated with the Powers lab for many years.  Emma will also present her work at the SICB meeting in San Francisco this coming January.

Kaheela Reid

Kaheela feeding a hummingbird.

Kaheela joins the lab as a sophomore biology major.  She is the first student ever funded by the university’s diversity program.  Initially Kaheela was intending to study the influence of evaporative water loss on resting metabolic rate in hummingbirds, but issues with system design necessitate a shift to studying the role hummingbird bills play in heat dissipation.  The role bills play in heat dissipation is important because hummingbird habitats warm in response to climate change diversity in ways in which they can dissipate heat will become critical.  Kaheela will also present her data at the SICB meeting in San Francisco this coming January.



Julie Litchfield (current GFU student), Elizah Stephens (current GFU student), Nathan Weston (current GFU student)


Noemi Camacho (research technician), Rosalee Elting (applying to graduate school)


Noemi Camacho (research technician), Joseph Canepa (applying to MAT program), Sara Nutter (graduate School – art), Rebecca Schroeder (graduate school, U of Idaho)


Joseph Canepa (applying to MAT program), Kathleen Langland (marine science research), Rebecca Schroeder (graduate school, U of Idaho)

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John Luke Andrew (Dental School), Elliott Davis, Kathleen Langland (marine science research)


Ryan Lane (graduate school, OHSU), Kyle Maki, Paige (Copenhaver) Parry (Ph.D., faculy GFU)


Keely Corder (graduate school, U of Montana), Ryan Lane (graduate school, OHSU), Jessi-Ann Michaelson (nurse practicioner)


Jessi-Ann Michaelson (nurse practicioner), Seth Monson (dentist)


Jessi-Ann Michaelson (nurse practicioner), Seth Monson (dentist), Travis Schroeder (physician)


Kevin Watanabe-Smith (Ph.D., OHSU)


Philip Getsinger (dentist)





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