Graduate Student Affiliates

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Armstrong, Frances

Graduate Program : Population Biology 

Research Interest: Marine evolutionary ecology; particularly life history strategies and population connectivity of marine invertebrates.

Faculty Mentor: Rick Grosberg   Email:


Atkisson, Curtis

Graduate Program : Anthropology

Research Interest: 

Faculty Mentor:Monique Borgerhoff-Mulder   Email:


Blair, Logan

Graduate Program :  Integrative Genetics & Genomics

Research Interest: Origin and evolution of cis-regulatory sequences in Drosophila.

Faculty Mentor:  Artyom Kopp  Email:


Brand, Philipp

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Evolutionary history and the patterns of selection of olfactory receptor genes of euglossine bees.

Faculty Mentor: Santiago Ramirez    Email:


Brennan, Reid

Graduate Program :  Ecology

Research Interest: Genetic and physiological mechanisms of osmotic plasticity

Faculty Mentor:  Andrew Whitehead  Email:


Buffalo, Vincent

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Population genomic theory and methods for understanding linked selection; evolutionary quantitative genetics.

Faculty Mentor: Graham Coop   Email:


Calfee, Erin

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Genomic methods to answer questions about natural selection within hybrid zones, the evolution of reproductive isolation, and the role of admixture in natural systems.

Faculty Mentor: Graham Coop   Email:


Caplins, Serena

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: The genetic basis of different life histories through comparative transcriptomics/genomics and differential gene expression. Life histories are fascinating due to their influence over evolutionarily relevant processes, i.e., gene flow, effective population size, and fitness.

Faculty Mentor: Rick Grosberg   Email:


Charles, Grace

Graduate Program : Ecology 

Research Interest: Dynamics and drivers of savanna plant community ecology.

Faculty Mentor:  Truman Young  Email:


Christie, Kyle

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Evolution of reproductive isolation in Streptanthus (Jewelflower);speciation, local adaptation, and spatial patterns of morphological and genetic variation.

Faculty Mentor:  Sharon Strauss  Email:


Contino, Colin

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Population genomics of Drosophila; genetics of adaptation, population genetics of sex-specific genes.

Faculty Mentor:  David Begun Email:


Corn, Katherine

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Functional morphology and phylogenetics to understand fish performance and diversity, particularly the relationship between evolution of functional traits and lineage diversification.

Faculty Mentor:  Peter Wainwright  Email:


Cornwell, Brendan

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest:  The evolution of host/symbiont interactions in Cnidarians inhabiting the spatially and temporally variable marine intertidal zone. Specifically, the role that each organism plays in allowing the holobiont to persist across a range of environment conditions.

Faculty Mentor: Rick Grosberg   Email:


Decker, Robin

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Theoretical ecology; community and landscape ecology, climate change, effects of land-use change and applications in conservation biology.

Faculty Mentor:  Alan Hastings  Email:


Ehlman, Sean

Graduate Program : Animal Biology 

Research Interest: Behavioral responses to environmental change, most often human-induced environmental change.

Faculty Mentor:  Andy Sih  Email:


Elwood, Elise

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Plant ecology; distribution and causes of spread or decline of invasive and rare species.

Faculty Mentor:  Jenny Gremer  Email:


Ettinger, Cassandra

Graduate Program :  Genetic

Research Interest: Plant-microbe interactions.

Faculty Mentor:  Jonathan Eisen  Email:


Freedman, Micah

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Chemical ecology of plant-herbivore interactions, ecology and evolution of floral scent, coevolution, island biogeography.

Faculty Mentor:  Sharon Strauss  Email:


Friedman, Sarah

Graduate Program :  Ecology

Research Interest: Interested in using a combination of genetic and morphometric evidence to explore the mechanisms behind macroevolutionary processes witha particular focus on marine fish diversity.

Faculty Mentor: Peter Wainwright   Email:


Gao, Jiansi

Graduate Program : Population Biology

Research Interest: Statistical and computational phylogenetic interference with application to historical biogeography, lineage diversification and various other evolutionary processes.

Faculty Mentor:  Brian Moore  Email:


Ghose, Sonia

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: TBA

Faculty Mentor: Jonathan Eisen   Email:


Griesemer, Christopher

Graduate Program :  Ecology 

Research Interest: How population connectivity and historical demography inform current latitudinal range limits of intertidal invertebrates; related larval dispersal and microevolution in the sea with attention to consequences of climate change; marine invertebrate phylogenies as related to evolution of life history strategies.

Faculty Mentor:  Rick Grosberg   Email:


Guizar Amador, Maria Fernanda

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Interested in the evolution of secondary metabolism in plants, and how these metabolites may play a role in ecological interactions and plant evolution.

Faculty Mentor:  Santiago Ramirez  Email:


Hanna, Giovanni

Graduate Program :  Integrative Genetics & Genomics

Research Interest: Development and evolution of male (and perhaps also female) reproductive organs.

Faculty Mentor: Artyom Kopp   Email:


Hudson, Asher

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Behavior, host-pathogen interactions, and conservation.

Faculty Mentor:  Brian Johnson  Email:


James, Marisano

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: The visual ecology of Strepsiptera, Arthropod vision. Physiology of vision. Vision in geral. Parasites. Evolution,including that of multicellularity.

Faculty Mentor: David Begun   Email:


Karatayev, Vadim

Graduate Program :  Ecology

Research Interest: Dynamics of metacommunities in spatially and temporally variable environments, and how these communities are shaped by strongly dispersing species.

Faculty Mentor: Marissa Baskett  Email:


Kardish, Melissa

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Host-associated microbial communities and their effects on ecological patterns and ecosystem functioning. Specifically using the bacterial communities associated with Zostera marina, eelgrass.

Faculty Mentor: Jay Stachowicz   Email:


Kollars, Nicole

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Marine community and evolutionary ecology-particularly, plant-herbivore interactions.

Faculty Mentor: Jay Stachowicz  Email:


LaForgia, Marina

Graduate Program :  Ecology

Research Interest: Seed banks, seed dormancy, coexistence under temporally variable environments, grassland management and restoration.

Faculty Mentor:  Susan Harrison  Email:


Lee, Kristin

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Population genomic theory and method development, methods to identify the mode of convergence from population genomic data

Faculty Mentor:  Graham Coop  Email:


Longo, Sarah

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest:  Patterns and processes underlying the diversity of fishes, including the construction and application of phylogenies.

Faculty Mentor: Peter Wainwright   Email:


Lopresti, Eric

Graduate Program :  Ecology

Research Interest: Relationships between plants, herbivores and higher trophic levels, as mediated by plant exudates.

Faculty Mentor: Rick Karban   Email:


Luecke, David

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Evolutionary modifications of organ growth control and cell type specification.

Faculty Mentor:  Artyom Kopp and Graham Coop  Email:


Luo, Yige

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Sexual dimorphism, pheromone evolution and species diversification in Drosophila.

Faculty Mentor: Artyom Kopp   Email:


Lyberger, Kelsey

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Feedback loops between evolution and ecology; eco-evolutionary dynamics of Anolis lizards on Caribbean islands.

Faculty Mentor:  Thomas Schoener and Sebastian Schreiber  Email:


May, Michael

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Method development for phylogenetic interference with applications historical processess.

Faculty Mentor:  Brian Moore  Email:


Mc Munn, Marshall

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Community ecology, temporal variation in the traits and abundance of organism on seasonal and diel scales.

Faculty Mentor: Louie Yang  Email:


Miller, Jeffrey

Graduate Program :  Pharmacology and Toxicology

Research Interest: Current projects: Determining 1. the physiological and ecological consequences of exposure to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill using the genomic responses of Fundulus grandis gill tissue and 2. the mechanism of heritable, extreme pollution tolerance of Fundulus heteroclitus by comparing embryonic genome responses of exposure to mechanistically-related compounds

Faculty Mentor: Andrew Whitehead   Email:


Miller, Lauren

Graduate Program :  Ecology

Research Interest: Ecomorphology, adaptive radiations and convergent evolution by integrating molecular phylogenies, morphological data and fossil information.

Faculty Mentor:   Jay Stachowicz and Peter Wainwright Email:


Moore, Jacob

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Theoretical ecology applied to issues in conservation, specifically local and spatial scale oyster dynamics.

Faculty Mentor: Sebastian Schreiber   Email:


Morgan, Victoria

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Phylogenetics, connectivity, and the genetic basis of adaptation in marine invertebrates.

Faculty Mentor:  Rick Grosberg   Email:


O'Brien, Anna

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Patterns of species interactions across environmental contexts. Specifically, the role climate adaptation between plants and root-associated microbes.

Faculty Mentor:  Sharon Strauss and Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra  Email:


Patel, Swati

Graduate Program :  Applied Math

Research Interest: Mathematics, evolution and theoretical ecology. Models of eco-evolutionary dynamics.

Faculty Mentor: Sebastian Schreiber   Email:


Payne, Eric

Graduate Program :  Ecology

Research Interest: Parasites - modification of behavior, diversity, interactions.

Faculty Mentor:  Andy Sih  Email:


Rhoades, Olvia

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Community ecology:How distinct measures of diversity influence complex species interactions and community structure.

Faculty Mentor:   Jay Stachowicz Email:


Robinson, Moria

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Direct and indirect effects of environmental heterogeneity on plant traits, herbivores, and natural enemies. Specifically, tritrophic ecological networks of woody shrubs, caterpillars, and parasitoids across a mosaic of serpentine and non-serpentine soils.

Faculty Mentor:  Sharon Strauss  Email:


Saleh, Nicholas

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Behavioral ecology, genetics, and chemical ecology of social insects and insect mating systems.

Faculty Mentor: Santiago Ramirez  Email:


Soltis, Nicole

Graduate Program :  Plant Biology

Research Interest: Quantitative genetics of the virulence of a common fungal pathogen on domesticated host plants and their wild relatives.

Faculty Mentor: Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra   Email:


Stitzer, Michelle

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Population genetics and evolutionary dynamics of transposable elements and their host genomes (primarily maize and teosinte).

Faculty Mentor:  Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra  Email:


To, Anita

Graduate Program :  Integrative Genetics & Genomics

Research Interest: Population genetics and landscape genomics of conifer species.

Faculty Mentor: Charles Langley   Email:


Vann, Laura

Graduate Program :  Genetics

Research Interest: Evolutionary genetics, with a focus on population and ecological genetics. Application of next-gen sequencing tools to non-model species and the use of genomic data to answer questions concerning local adaptation and evolution in non-model species.

Faculty Mentor:  Jonathan Eisen  Email:


Vetr, Nikolai

Graduate Program :  Anthropology

Research Interest: Current research interests lie largely in the development and application of statistical phylogenetic methods to questions of morphological evolution in humans and close relatives.

Faculty Mentor:  Brian Moore  Email:


Werner, Chhaya

Graduate Program :  Population Biology 

Research Interest: Plant community ecology:patterns of regrowth after large disturbances, and how regeneration is shaped by competition and climate.

Faculty Mentor:  Truman Young and Susan Harrison  Email:


Wexler, Judith

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Evolution of sexual differentiation pathways in insects.

Faculty Mentor:  Artyom Kopp  Email:


White, Easton

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Theoretical ecology and evolution applied to question in population dynamics, life history trait evolution, and conservation. I study beetles, pikas, sharks

Faculty Mentor: Alan Hastings   Email:


Yair, Sivan

Graduate Program :  Population Biology

Research Interest: Interested in how hybridization and introgression play a role in adaptation and speciation. Plan to use statistical models to interpret patterns of genetic variation between individuals and populations to understand the evolutionary mechanisms taking place.

Faculty Mentor:  Graham Coop  Email:


Zemenick, Ash

Graduate Program :  Ecology

Research Interest: Learn how pollinating and non-pollinating insects influence, and are influenced by, nectar microbe communities.

Faculty Mentor: Jay Rosenheim   Email: