Welcome to the research site of Patina Mendez & Team Caddis.

Teaching, Curriculum Development & Research Activities:

  • Scientific research design and writing for senior undergraduates in the Environmental Sciences Major
  • Collaborative mentored research for undergraduates focused on the insect order Trichoptera (Caddisflies)
  • Instars & Emerge Programs: Diversity, equity and inclusion programing at the Society for Freshwater Sciences
  • Social Tools for Bio: Social and inclusive curriculum models for online collaboration by biology undergraduates in general biology courses

Team Caddis is a group of undergraduate researchers who work collaboratively to small-scale, integrative research questions using caddisflies and other benthic macroinvertebrates as model organisms.

Some topics that interest us at Team Caddis include:

  • Biodiversity of California Caddisflies
  • Intermittent Streams and Life History of Caddisflies
  • Morphological Variation in Caddisfly Wing Venation
  • Freshwater Biomonitoring with Benthic Macroinvertebrates