EDUCATION

2022 M.S. Coursework, Biological Sciences, University of Alabama.
2022 B.S. Environmental Science, Brigham Young University. Minor: Statistics. Advisor: Ben Abbott. GPA: 3.86. Major GPA: 3.93. Minor GPA: 4.00

Additional Training

2021 EPT of the Southeastern United States. SFS Taxonomic Certification Level 2 (genus-level). Clemson University. Instructors: John Morse and Mike Floyd. Grade: A.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2022 Graduate Council Fellow. University of Alabama.
2021-2022 Research Assistant. Aquatic Entomology. Brigham Young University. Advisor: C. Riley Nelson.
2019-2022 Lab Manager and Research Assistant. Ecosystem ecology and hydrology. Brigham Young University. Advisor: Ben Abbott.
2019 Environmental Epidemiology Intern. Utah Department of Health — Environmental Epidemiology Program. Project: The Health Effects of Sand and Gravel Pit Operations in Residential Utah Populations. Supervisor: Sam Lefevre.
2018-2022 Research Assistant. Environmental Epidemiology. Brigham Young University. Advisor: John Beard.

Detailed Research Experiences

Ecosystem Ecology Lab Manager. Brigham Young University | Dept. of Plant and Wildlife Sciences. Advisor: Ben Abbott. April 2019 – April 2022.

  • Programming and Statistical Experience
    • Analyze multivariate datasets in R to assess relationships between global water quality and gross domestic product per capita using regression, changepoint, and correlation analyses
    • Compose data visualizations in R for 3 grant-funded projects to communicate information in presentations and publications
    • Maintain SQLite database containing standardized data from 8 different data collecting sensors to ensure accurate and safe data from the five-year, government-funded project
  • Field Work Experience
    • Upkeep a network of 28 water monitoring stations by configuring, installing, cleaning, downloading, and repairing 6 different sensor models
    • Collect water, eDNA, and macroinvertebrate samples on a schedule that ranges from weekly to bimonthly to understand how wildfire impacts local watersheds
  • Managerial and Lab Experience
    • Develop and train lab members in over 20 protocols to secure consistency and accuracy of work done in the field and in the lab by all lab members

Aquatic Entomology Research Assistant. Brigham Young University | Biology Department. Advisor: C. Riley Nelson. January 2021 – April 2022.

  • Identify aquatic insects down to genus level to estimate the impact of wildfire on aquatic biodiversity
  • Take aquatic macroinvertebrate samples to contribute data to a variety of projects
  • Use R and USGS and other public macroinvertebrate data to simulate biodiversity measurements using different sampling methods
  • Guide BIO 100 students on aquatic invertebrate sampling trips to generate data for a citizen science approach to freshwater biomonitoring

Environmental Epidemiology Research Assistant. Brigham Young University | Department of Public Health. Advisor: John Beard. October 2018 – April 2022.

  • Perform literature review to identify confounding relationships between health outcomes and occupational exposures
  • Write SAS codes to analyze the change in suicide rates relative to different occupational exposures
  • Develop new method of using public databases to link mortality and occupational datasets

Environmental Epidemiology Intern. Utah Department of Health – Environmental Epidemiology Program. Supervisor: Sam Lefevre. February 2019 – November 2019.

  • Used R programming to perform literature review and meta-analysis on the health effects of crystalline silica to assess residential health risks
  • Created visuals in R and maps using ArcGIS software to locate all gravel pits in Utah, identify exposed resident populations, and assess the risk of crystalline silica exposure among those populations
  • Wrote R scripts to analyze emergency department, birth outcome, gestational age, cancer, and silicosis data to estimate health effects of living near gravel pits

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed

  1. John D Beard, Mitchell G Greenhalgh, Emily Hawkes, Bailey M Jones, Sarah C Hamner, Steven M Thygerson, Development of a job-exposure matrix-like exposure assessment method for the US general population based on Occupational Information Network (O*NET) job tasks, Annals of Work Exposures and Health, Volume 68, Issue 2, March 2024, Pages 155–169, https://doi.org/10.1093/annweh/wxad076
  2. Abbott, B. W., Abrahamian, C., Newbold, N., Smith, P., Merritt, M., Greenhalgh, M., Sayedi, S. S., et al. (2023). Accelerating the renewable energy revolution to get back to the Holocene. Earth’s Future, 11, e2023EF003639. https://doi.org/10.1029/2023EF003639
  3. Crandall T, Jones E, Greenhalgh M, Frei RJ, Griffin N, Severe E, et al. (2021) Megafire affects stream sediment flux and dissolved organic matter reactivity, but land use dominates nutrient dynamics in semiarid watersheds. PLoS ONE 16(9): e0257733. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0257733
  4. Errigo IM, Abbott BW, Mendoza DL, Mitchell L, Sayedi SS, Glenn J, Greenhalgh M, et al. (2020) Human Health and Economic Costs of Air Pollution in Utah: An Expert Assessment. Atmosphere. 2020;11: 1238 https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11111238

Other Publications

  1. Benjamin W Abbott, John M Chaston, Jonas Bush, Chantel Sloan, Brian Poole, Mitchell Greenhalgh, S Isaac St Clair, Haley Moon, Jacob Gudmundsen, Sarah Gottfredson, Isabella M Errigo, Skyler Lemmon. (2020) Making sense of the research on COVID-19 and school reopenings. Brigham Young University. 10 Aug 2020. http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.24052.17285
  2. B Abbott, M Greenhalgh, SI St Clair, J Bush. (2020) Making sense of the research on COVID-19 and masks. Brigham Young University. 19 Jul 2020. http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.11144.03840/1

In Preparation

  1. Mitchell Greenhalgh, Ben Abbott, Erin Jones, Jeremy Bekker. The impact of novel ecological settings on undergraduate performance and wellbeing. Target Journal: Environmental Health Perspectives.

PRESENTATIONS

Oral

  1. Mitchell Greenhalgh, Ben Abbott, Sam St Clair, Paul Frandsen, Trevor Crandall, Isaac St Clair, Erin Jones, Brian Brown, Leika Patch, Adam Norris, Sam Bratsman, Anna Eichert, Mary Proteau, Haley Moon, Isabella Errigo, Leslie Lange, Emilee Severe, Zach Aanderud, Devri Adams, Kordan Kildew, Randy Larsen, Riley Nelson. Wildfire will rock you like a hurricane. Salt Lake City Watershed Symposium, 2021.
  2. Mitchell Greenhalgh, Benjamin W. Abbott, Adrian Rocha, Arial Shogren, Jay P. Zarnetske, Frances Iannucci, William B. Bowden, Samuel P. Bratsman, Leika Patch, Rachel Watts, Randy Fulweber, Rebecca J. Frei, Amanda M. Huebner, Ludda Ludwig, Greg Carling. Tundra wildfire triggers long-term lateral nutrient loss in Alaskan Arctic. Spring Runoff Conference, 2020. (The abstract was accepted, but the conference was cancelled due to COVID-19.)
  3. Mitchell Greenhalgh, Alex Merrill, David Lopez, Sam Lefevre. The Health Effects of Sand and Gravel Pit Operations in Residential Utah Populations. Utah One Health Symposium, 2019.

Poster

  1. John D. Beard, Mitchell G. Greenhalgh, Emily Hawkes, Bailey M. Jones, Sarah C. Hamner, Steven M. Thygerson. Keyword searches of O*Net job tasks for exposure assessment. EPICOH, 2021.
  2. Mitchell Greenhalgh, Alex Merrill, David Lopez, Sam Lefevre. The Health Effects of Sand and Gravel Pit Operations in Residential Utah Populations. Utah Conference for Undergraduate Research (UCUR), 2020.
  3. Mitchell Greenhalgh. Effectiveness of nature at improving undergraduate performance and health. European Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, 2020. (The abstract was accepted, but the conference was cancelled due to COVID-19.)

FUNDING

Research Grants

2020 College of Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Awards, Brigham Young University. The impact of novel ecological settings on undergraduate performance and wellbeing. Principal Investigators: Mitchell Greenhalgh, Ben Abbott. Role: Lead Investigator. ($3,000)

Fellowships and Scholarships

2022-2023 Graduate Council Fellow. Graduate School of The University of Alabama. ($56,374)
2015-2022 Brigham Young University Academic Scholarship. (half-tuition)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND CERTIFICATIONS

2022 Conservation Biology Society. University of Alabama.
2022 UA Safe Zone Ally. University of Alabama.
2022 STEMinists. University of Alabama.
2021-Present Society for Freshwater Sciences. Certified Taxonomist: Eastern EPT to Genus Level.
2019-2021 Society for Ecological Restoration. Brigham Young University Chapter: Treasurer.
2019-2021 Utah Water Watch. Tier 1 Water Monitor.

SKILLS

Programming Proficiencies:

  • Advanced: R, Python
  • Intermediate: SQL, SAS

Foreign Language Proficiencies:

  • Advanced: Swedish and Spanish
  • Basic: German and French