Brad Balukjian

Position: Graduate Student

Email Address: balukjian@nature.berkeley.edu

Research Institution: University of California, Berkeley

About Brad Balukjian

One common theme has run through all of my past jobs and education-islands. At Duke University, I designed my own major in island biogeography, and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in 2002. Shortly thereafter, I entered the workforce as an editor and writer for Islands Magazine, followed by a stint in public relations and marketing for the Tahiti Tourism Board. In the fall of 2006, I returned to science to pursue a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, with Dr. Rosie Gillespie. I spent the 2008-2009 academic year living on the island of Moorea collecting specimens for my doctoral research on the population genetics and systematics of a plant bug (Miridae) lineage in the Austral and Society Islands. While on Moorea, I also contributed directly to the Moorea Biocode project through my work in the local elementary school. I taught science to two fifth-grade classes, and had my students collect and process plant specimens for Biocode, thus directly linking current research and local education.

 

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Research Keywords: biodiversity, education, outreach, population genetics, terrestrial biology