“The research process itself has changed the way I approach academic matters… I feel that I can walk confidently into the library and, more importantly, walk out of the library with questions answered.”

—Arianna Stokes

Genetic Insights into the Biogeography and Evolutionary History of the Killer Whale

Research paper written for University Writing Program 102B: Writing in the Disciplines: Biological Sciences

Stokes wrote a scientific review about the use of the killer whale’s genetic data to make biogeographic inference and assess the relatedness of different killer whale populations. In addition to online databases, Stokes used citation maps to jump from one study to the next, “like a sleuth following a chain of clues.” This approach allowed her to understand the diverse viewpoints and areas of controversy within the field. Stokes also worked with the library’s biology subject specialist to develop a more strategic approach to the research process.

In Her Own Words

Read Arianna’s reflective essay from her Lang Prize application.