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Research Communities Program

The CBASE Research Communities Program aims to increase the number and quality of undergraduate research experiences available to CSU Pueblo students. To meet this goal, the CBASE grant has nurtured the formation of research communities in Biology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Engineering, Physics, and Teacher Education.

Each research community is led by a postdoctoral researcher and is supported by a team of faculty mentors. Students apply for paid positions within the Research Communities Program as new researchers (Research Interns) or experienced researchers (Research Fellows).

For questions about the Research Communities Program, please contact Dr. Brian Vanden Heuvel ( or Abby Davidson ( 

CBASE Research Community Groups

Meet Our CBASE Postdoctoral Researchers


    Biology Postdoc: Dr. Elizabeth Peterson

    Dr. Elizabeth Peterson is the postdoctoral researcher for the Biology Community of CBASE. She received her bachelor's degree in 2004 from Ithaca College (Biology Major and Environmental Science Minor) where she began her research career as a behavioral ecologist and conservation biologist. Since then, she was worked in western Africa on two occasions conducting behavioral ecology and conservation research with primates and a zookeeper with rescued chimpanzees.

    Dr. Peterson earned her Ph.D. in 2016 from the State University of New York-Albany; her dissertation focused on reproductive strategies in response to developmental lead (Pb2+) exposure in a model system, Drosophila. Prior to joining CSU-Pueblo, Dr. Peterson worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Union College studying sexual selection in Drosophila, as well as an instructor at SUNY-Albany.

    The ultimate goal of her research program is to conduct excellent research in the broader fields of behavioral ecology, environmental biology, and conservation to improve environmental quality and direct conservation efforts for mammalian keystone species (such as prairie dogs) using both field and laboratory approaches.

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