iUTAH Team - Graduate Research Assistant
Utah State University
iUTAH Research Focus Area
For iUTAH, Omar will prepare posters, presentations, and teaching materials in Spanish for the External Engagement and Workforce Development activities. These materials will provide students, educators, and the general public with the information and tools necessary to understand and analyze the health and function of local streams and to foster a sense of ecological stewardship.
Omar is a fourth-year PhD student in the Watershed Sciences Department at the Utah State University in Todd Crowl’s lab. His research interests include population biology, conservation, natural history, and biogeography of freshwater invertebrates in the tropics. He performed field work in Puerto Rico where he also received his master’s degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico. As a professor at the University of Puerto Rico, he designed experiences for the zoology, botany, invertebrates, ecology, and biology courses and labs. He also participated in different federal programs that involved science teachers and students from public schools located on the island.