Molly Garrett


Undergraduate Researcher

Division of Biological Sciences
226 Tucker Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO  65211
email: mjg9tf<at>



Research Interests:

I am currently a senior at the University of Missouri majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife and minoring in Biological Sciences.  After graduation in May of 2018, I plan to attend graduate school to conduct conservation genetics research.  

Prior to joining the Eggert Lab, I was a technician for two years on the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Statewide Crayfish Conservation Program where I studied crayfish life history, invasion, and eDNA samplingThis past summer, I conducted prairie sampling as part of an MDC patch-burn-grazing project to study the effects of which on vegetative structural heterogeneity.  

I have since joined the lab to collaborate with Kris Budd on the Asian Elephant Population Genetics project. Currently, my focus is determining the genetic structure of an elephant population near the Taikkyi and Hlegu townships located in the southern Bago Yoma mountain range in central Myanmar. From my time in the lab, I have become proficient in wet lab techniques including Fecal and Blood DNA extraction, PCR amplification, and sequencing/fragment analysis. I have also been successful in funding my own research by acquiring national grants such as the Sigma Xi. 

I hope to continue my interests in conservation genetics, behavior, and ecology further into a PhD program.