Karla Jacome



Karla joined the Carnaval lab as an undergraduate in September 2019. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree from the City College of New York in Biochemistry. Her project in the lab is focused on analyzing the effect of environmental factors in the tree frog sister species pair: Hypsiboas semilineatus and H. geographicus. She is also the co-founder of an organization called STEM Hive, which provides resources for middle school students to engage and retain their early interest in STEM. In the future, Karla is interested in integrating biochemical processes into species distribution modeling, to understand how biochemistry can affect ecosystems in South America.


Carolina Perez

Carolina is an undergraduate completing a BS in Biology at the City College of New York. She is currently interested in creating species distribution models using Wallace to determine the spatial distribution of the green anole, Anolis punctatus, in the Atlantic Forest during the Pleistocene and in the present. She is interested in learning the relationship between species and the biotic factors within the environment.

When not in the lab, she is the CEO of STEM Hive, a nonprofit organization that empowers young underrepresented students who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to pursue an interest. She conducts workshops in Woodside, Queens teaching a group of students different topics in STEM along with her cofounders.


Weijun Liang



Weijun is pursuing a degree of BS in Biotechnology in City College of New York. His honors project is focusing on the phylogeny of Pajama frogs in the Hypsiboas polytaenius clade. His interest is to study molecular evolution, phylogenetics, and comparative genomics with the application of biotechnology and bioinformatics in the future.