Research Staff

The FAU High School Research Program consists of a team of researchers that specialize in undergraduate research and mentoring. Our goal is to provide students with course-based and individualized support for all aspects of their research journey. Each member of the research team is also a principal investigator in their own respective fields and actively conducts research.

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Tricia Meredith, Ph.D.

Dr. Tricia L. Meredith is the Director of Research for Florida Atlantic University’s on-site lab school, A.D. Henderson University School and FAU High School. She is also an Assistant Research Professor in the College of Education at FAU. In partnership with her colleagues, Dr. Meredith has developed and oversees four main research initiatives including (1) the FAUHS Research Program, which guides dual enrolled students in undergraduate research, (2) the FAUHS Imaging Lab, which serves as a scientific imaging hub for research collaboration, education, and mentorship, (3) the faculty research training initiative, which supports K-12 teachers in developing classroom research skills and (4) the OPK12 Research Committee, which mediates all research collaborations with the school. As a biologist, Dr. Meredith conducts research on sharks and their sense of smell, in addition to her research on dual enrollment, undergraduate research, and STEM education.  She has presented at both biology and education conferences and published in both disciplines as well. Her focus, which draws these different interests together, lies in hands-on, project-based, research training and the impact of mentorship.

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Katherine Hendrickson, M.S.M.Sci

Katherine Hendrickson, M.S.M.Sci, is a Research Coordinator at FAU’s on-site lab school, A.D. Henderson University School and FAU High School, as well as FAU High School - Jupiter Campus, in partnership with Max Planck Academy. Katherine began her research career as an undergraduate student at the Florida Institute of Technology, studying the effects of climatic disturbances on the coral assemblages found at the Devil’s Crown volcanic crater in Floreana, a southern island in the Galápagos Islands. She has completed undergraduate research in coral ecology in Puerto Rico, Belize, and Southern Florida. She continued her research at Nova Southeastern University where she obtained her master’s degree in marine science with a specialization in Paleo-Marine Ecology. Her studies determined that the coral assemblages at Devil’s Crown were some of the oldest corals in the Pacific Ocean, a record 7,700 years old. Using her undergraduate and masters research experience, she began her doctoral work in conservation biology while studying a local threatened population of burrowing tortoises known as gopher tortoises. Her studies aim to understand how climate change will impact this unique population so that she can use that information to model new conservation methods. Her teaching experience spans both informal and formal settings. As an award-winning environmental educator and Broward County Park Naturalist for 9+ years, she provided guided tours, workshops, field research experiences and more across all different types of S. Florida Habitats. Her curiosity helped her gain a vast knowledge of Florida ecosystems and the flora and fauna that call them home. Her unique ability to showcase nature’s best kept secrets provided her an opportunity to travel as a guest lecturer though Japan, across the Pacific and into Alaska and Vancouver on Holland American Cruise Lines. In the more formal classroom setting, she taught undergraduate courses and field conservation biology internships at Nova Southeastern University.

Ms. Hendrickson is responsible for coordinating various aspects of the Boca and Jupiter-based campuses including (1) student researcher development for the FAUHS Research Program, which provides coursework and individualized mentoring to dual-enrolled students conducting undergraduate research, (2) curriculum integration for the FAUHS Owls Imaging Lab, a scientific imaging hub for research collaboration, education, and mentorship, and (3) teaching/preparing young students as they beginning their scientific careers.

When she is not sharing her love of scientific inquiry with her students, she enjoys hiking, scuba diving, sailing, spending time with her two retired greyhounds, and training her Catahoula Leopard Dog for search and rescue efforts. She is an avid backpacker and has ventured to places others rarely get a chance to see. Immersing herself in new cultures and learning new languages is a huge part of her love of learning.

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Tucker Hindle, M.S.

Tucker Hindle is a Research Coordinator for Florida Atlantic University (FAU)’s on-site lab school, A.D. Henderson University School and FAU High School. Mr. Hindle is responsible for coordinating various initiatives for the FAU High School Research Program, which guides dual-enrolled students in undergraduate research. Additionally, he is an instructor for the sequence of research courses and provides individualized mentorship for young student researchers.

Tucker conducts research in the areas of geomatics, geographic information systems (GIS), and spatial data science. He is an alumnus of FAU, where he completed a master's degree (M.S.) in Civil Engineering and a bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in Geomatics Engineering. His graduate research supported the development of watershed-based flood protection plans across Florida and resulted in a GIS-based flood risk model capable of generating accurate probabilistic inundation maps quickly while still detecting localized nuisance-destructive flood potential. Additionally, Tucker gained industry experience at an engineering consulting firm, where he collaborated with dynamic project teams to deliver geospatial data creation, editing, management, analysis, and map production as well as support for UAS/Drone and GPS field data collection efforts. He utilized GIS software and Python/R programming to prepare deliverables for various engineering projects related to transportation, water resources, environmental remediation, energy and communications infrastructure.

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Jennifer Krill, Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Krill is a University School Assistant Professor and an Experiential Research Lab Coordinator for Neurophysiology at FAU High School - Jupiter Campus, in partnership with Max Planck Academy. Dr. Krill developed and implemented a course-based, research intensive neurophysiology laboratory that trains students in electrophysiology techniques using invertebrates. The laboratory also serves as a research facility for students to conduct independent research projects under the mentorship of Dr. Krill with the goal of generating publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Dr. Krill, in collaboration with the Center for eLearning, developed and piloted FAU’s first fully online introductory biology course that used a zero-cost Open Educational Resource eText authored by Dr. Krill.

Dr. Krill’s own research investigates the mechanisms to protect the brain during high temperature stress. The common fruit fly is a poikilotherm, meaning that their internal temperature is the same as the environment around them. The fruit fly deals with extreme temperature conditions by going into a protective coma using a biological pathway called the PKG pathway.  While humans have the same pathway, we continue our brain function during extreme temperature stress and, as a result, can incur brain damage. By determining the mechanism by which the pathway protects the brains of fruit flies, we can try and develop a pharmaceutical intervention to prevent brain damage due to acute stress in humans.

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Amy Tift, Ph.D.

Dr. Amy Tift is the instructor for the 9th grade Exploring Research and Intro to Psychology courses at FAU High School. She is also affiliate faculty in the College of Education, in the department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology. Dr. Tift attended The Ohio State University where she worked in two cognitive developmental psychology labs while completing her bachelor's degree. Dr. Tift then attended FAU to complete her Master's and PhD in developmental psychology. Her research focused on infant multisensory perceptual development and how visual attention moderates the development of speech and language. At FAU High School, Dr. Tift has conducted research on note-taking modalities and their impact on student preparedness and organization strategies. Dr. Tift coordinates the Summer Bridge Program for incoming students and has conducted program evaluation research on the Bridge Program. In addition, Dr. Tift is the advisor for FAU High School chapter of National Honor Society and HOSA (Future Health Professionals). Outside of school, Dr. Tift is a mom to one little girl and two yorkies. She enjoys watercolor painting, travel, cooking, and scuba diving.

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