Our Staff

Our staff works closely with professors, students, and other community members that are vital to the growth and creation of the STOICH project. These individuals fill important organizational and mentoring roles in the Ecological Stoichiometry Cooperative.


Casey Brucker

Database Technician, University of Wyoming

Casey joined the Ecological Stoichiometry Cooperative with the University of Wyoming in Sarah Collins’ lab. Her B.S. degree is in Conservation and Restoration Ecology with a minor in Statistics from Utah State University. She has a background in remote fieldwork, outdoor education, writing grants and NEPA comments for NGOs, and performing GIS analyses. Casey is coordinating data acquisition efforts, designing the ESC website, and working in a variety of other capacities in an effort to assist in the STOICH database creation.

Elise Ehlers

Data Technician, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Elise joined the STOICH project in Jessica Corman’s lab in January of 2022. She earned her B.S. in Biochemistry with minors in Water Science, Chemistry, and Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Elise is interested in the relationship between nutrient availability and cellular metabolism, particularly as it relates to phytoplankton growth. Her contributions to the STOICH project will focus on coordination and data acquisition.

Alex Lewanski

Research Technician, University of Wyoming

Alex joined the STOICH project after completing an MS at the University of Wyoming in Katie Wagner’s lab. During his MS, he focused on applying genomic data to investigate speciation and hybridization in freshwater fishes. As part of the STOICH team, Alex is contributing to several projects including research related to how stoichiometric traits evolve and how these traits influence the composition of ecological communities.

Marc Madigan

Project Management Specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Marc joined the STOICH project in August, 2021. He has a BS in Biological Sciences from Michigan Technological University, a Master’s in Educational Administration from Northern Michigan University, and is pursuing a PhD in Educational Psychology at UNL.

Contact Marc: marc.madigan@unl.edu

Chad Petersen

Data Manager, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Chad joined the STOICH project in February, 2022. He has a BS and Master’s in Physics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Chad is interested in developing user-oriented data and software tools to solve emerging research challenges. His main efforts will involve design, maintenance, and training for the STOICH database & API.