- FAU High School Research Program
- 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.
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.
Katherine Hendrickson, M.S.M.Sci
Katherine conducts research in the areas of conservation biology, community conservation, and efficacy of STEM education initiatives. She is an alumnus of Nova Southeastern University (M.S.) and Florida Institute of Technology (B.S) holding a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Marine Biology. Her undergraduate and master's research experience focused on how climate change impacted coral assemblages in the Galapagos Island leading her to find the oldest coral reef in the pacific ocean. Her doctoral research also featured threatened populations but this time she focused on local terrestrial populations of 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.
Tucker Hindle, M.S.
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, and energy and communications infrastructure.
Jennifer Krill, Ph.D.
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 its 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.
Amy Tift, Ph.D.