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Karen Talentino
Internal Steering Committee
Vice President for Academic Affairs
St. Michael's College

I have been interested in science and biology, specifically, for as long as I can remember. I attended the University of California at Santa Barbara for my undergraduate degree, and then moved to Nevada where I received my Master's and Ph.D. at the University of Nevada at Reno. My graduate research focused on hibernation physiology; my master's project was a study of the Belding ground squirrel, a high altitude species that is active above-ground for only four months a year. My Ph.D. project looked at the development of tapeworms in hibernating squirrels. I loved living in Nevada, and to this day I am still very intrigued by the desert environment and the physiological adpatations to extreme environments, whether high altitude habitats or deserts, or some other environment which presents significant challenges to those organisms that live there. - See more at: