James Henderson (’16)


I first heard about the Foster and Baker lab when I first visited Clark in 2012 as an accepted student; Dr. Baker presented his Bio 101 lecture on Darwin and the basis of evolution when I came to visit and I knew he meant business. After taking his Bio 101 course and Dr. Foster’s evolution course, I was thoroughly interested in how the life and history of the three-spine stickleback could show us about evolution.

My first time working in the Foster/Baker lab was the summer before my junior year. I came in as a lab assistant for summer research work, which included helping Laura Urciuoli with her master’s thesis on how ambient tannin levels in growth fluid effect the growth of three-spine stickleback. It was a fun and informative summer and I wanted to explore more! However, as my junior year included organic chemistry and physics classes, that became less of a possibility. I returned to the lab this Spring 2016 semester for a directed study. This involved working with an undergraduate student on his independent research as well as acting as the website manager and editor for the lab site.

Outside of the Lab

I am an avid photographer, both film and digital. Wherever you see me, I will most likely have my camera nearby! I am also a volunteer EMT for Clark University’s Emergency Medical Service.