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Graduate Students

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Robin Abraham
Doctoral aspirant
Dyche Hall

Advisor: Rafe Brown
Research Interests: Amphibian life history & behavior, Biogeographic patterns
Hometown: Thiruvananthapuram, India

Mabel Alvarado Gutierrez
Doctoral aspirant, EEB

Advisor: Michael Engel
Research Interests: Ichneumonidae
Hometown: Perú

Completed EEB MA degree, Doctoral aspirant, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisor: Jorge Soberón
Research Interests: Conservation, bioinformatics, applied and theoretical ecology, macroecology
Hometown: Mexico

Steve Baca
Master's student, Entomology

Advisor: Andrew Short

Narayani Barve
Doctoral candidate, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisor: Town Peterson
Research Interests: Ecological niche modeling, biodiversity informatics, remote sensing
Hometown: Bangalore, India

Chet Bhatta
Doctoral aspirant, EEB
Haworth

Advisor: Deb Smith
Research interests: Bees and Pollination
Hometown: Nepal

Master's student, EEB
Higuchi Hall

Advisor: Bryan Foster
Research Interests: Community ecology and assembly, phylogenetics
Hometown: Hays, KS

Doctoral aspirant, EEB
Higuchi Hall

Advisor: Jim Thorp
Research Macroecological, aquatic food web, stable isotope techniques
Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL

Laura Breitkreuz
Doctoral aspirant, EEB

Advisor: Michael Engel
Research Interest: phylogeny, reclassification and revision of Chrysopidae
Hometown: Berlin, Germany

Keely Brown
Doctoral aspirant
Haworth 4015

Advisor: John Kelly
Research Interests: Metagenomics in artificially selected microbial communities; Epigenetic inheritance mechanisms; Mimulus transformation
Hometown: Spokane, WA

 

Doctoral candidate, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisor: Town Peterson
Research Interests: Modeling spatial distributions of disease hosts, vectors, and reservoirs
Hometown: MI

Lucas Campillo
Master's student, EEB

Advisor: Robert Moyle
Research Interests: Avian systematics and biogeography
Hometown: Westmont, IL

Doctoral candidate, EEB
Haworth Hall

Advisor: Joy Ward
Research Interests: Plant Physiological Ecology, Climate Change, Invasive Species Biology
Hometown: North Little Rock, AR

Doctoral candidate, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisor: Rafe Brown
Research Interests: Systematics, phylogeography, Southeast Asian amphibians and reptiles
Hometown: Malaysia

Sally Chang
Doctoral aspirant, EEB
Haworth Hall

Advisor: Paulyn Cartwright
Research Interests: Invertebrate phylogenetics and evolution, evolutionary developmental biology
Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland

Doctoral aspirant, EEB
Haworth Hall

Advisor: Justin Blumenstiel
Research Interests: Evolutionary genetics and molecular evolution
Hometown: Hefei, China

YiSheng Chiu
Doctoral aspirant
8022 Haworth Hall

Advisor: Craig Martin
Research Interests: Forest Ecology, Invasion Biology, Plant Physiology and Ecology
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Kerry Cobb
Master's Student
Dyche Hall

Advisor: Rafe Brown

Research Interest: Using genetic tools to investigate Reptile and Amphibian diversity, local and regional biogeography, and speciation

Hometown: Shawnee, Kansas

Doctoral candidate, EEB
Haworth Hall

Advisor: Lena Hileman
Research Interests: Plant epigenetics
Hometown: Cranford, NJ

Kaila Colyott
Doctoral candidate, EEB
Haworth Hall

Advisor: Jennifer Gleason
Research Interests: Insect Behavior, Entomology, Sexual Selection
Hometown: Rockford, IL

Jacob Cooper
Master's student, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisor: Jorge Soberon
Research Interest: Ornithology and Tropical Ecology
Hometown: Grand Junction, CO
 

 

Thilina De Silva
Doctoral aspirant, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisor: Town Peterson
Research Interests: Museum and genomics approaches to understand the basis of avian diversity, evolution and behavior. Mechanisms for slowing /preventing the loss of biodiversity (in Sri Lankan ecosystems). Study of bird guilds as ecological indicators.
Hometown: Kandy, Sri  Lanka

Taro Eldredge
Doctoral candidate, EEB

Advisor: Andrew Short
Research Interests: Systematics, evolution, and behavior of the beetle family Staphylinidae
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Alex Erwin
Doctoral aspirant, EEB

Advisor: Justin Blumenstiel
Research interests: Epigenetic mechanisms
Hometown:

Sumudu Fernando
Doctoral aspirant
Dyche Hall

Advisor: Town Peterson
Research Interests: Biogeography, Phylogenetics and Speciation
Hometown: Kurunegala, Sri Lanka

Jeremy Forsythe
Master's student
Kansas Biological Survey - Higuchi Hall

Advisor: Bryan Foster
Research interests: Plant Community Ecology; Succession; Stochastic and Deterministic Processes; The Importance of Spatial Components in Ecological Analysis
Hometown: Endicott, NY

Matt Girard
Doctoral aspirant
Dyche, 7th Floor

Advisor: Leo Smith
Research Interests: Anguilliformes, Fishes Systematics, Reproduction in Fishes
Hometown: Miami, FL

Doctoral candidate, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisor: Rafe Brown
Research Interests: Phylogeny, biogeography, Herpetology
Hometown: CA

Guyer, Rachel.
Master's Student
Haworth Hall

Advisor: Kirsten Jensen
Research Interest: Taxonomy, systematics, and diversity of elasmobranch cestodes
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Doctoral candidate, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisor: Bryan Foster
Research Interests: Ecology, prairie restoration
Hometown: USA

Harpel, Desiree
Master's student, EEB
Haworth Hall

Advisor: Jamie Walters
Research Interests: Proteomics
Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Carla Harper
Doctoral candidate, EEB
Haworth Hall

Advisor: Thomas N. Taylor
Research Interests: Paleobotany, paleomycology, plant evolution
Hometown: Del Rio, Texas

Ted Harris
Doctoral aspirant, EEB, Self Graduate Fellow
Haworth

Advisor: Val Smith and Jennifer Graham
Research Interests: The occurrence and magnitude of cyanobacteria blooms and their potential toxins and taste-and-odor causing compounds
Hometown: Greenville, IL

Liam Heins
Master's student
Dyche Hall

Advisors: Bruce Lieberman and Mark Holder
Research Interests: Phylogenetics, paleontology, arthropod systematics and evolution
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Lucas Hemmer
Doctoral candidate, EEB
Haworth

Advisor: Justin Blumenstiel
Research Interests: Molecular Evolution, Meiotic Recombination
Hometown: Lindsay, NE

Chris Hensz
Doctoral candidate, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisor: Jorge Soberón
Research Interests: Biomathematics, biogeography, ecological niche modeling
Hometown: anywhere, USA

Master's student
Haworth Hall

Advisor: Kirsten Jensen
Research Interests: The host-parasite ecology and taxonomy & systematics of elasmobranch cestodes
Hometown: Delmar, NY

Carl Hutter
Doctoral aspirant, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisors: Rafe Brown and Rich Glor
Research Interests: Biogeography, speciation, community assembly, systematics, macroevolution
Hometown: Shawano, Wisconsin

Doctoral aspirant, EEB

Advisor: Town Peterson
Research Interests: Ecological niche modeling, apex predator ecology, climate change
Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Lukas Klicka
Doctoral aspirant
Dyche Hall

Advisor: Rob Moyle
Research Interesets: Phylogeography and population genetics
Hometown: Cambridge, MN

 

Az Klymiuk
Doctoral candidate, EEB
785-864-4338
Takeru Higuchi Hall, KBS

Advisor: Benjamin A Sikes
Research Interests: mycology, microbial ecology, taphonomy, paleobotany, paleomycology, comparative plant anatomy
Hometown: Alberta, Canada

Doctoral candidate, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisor: John Kelly
Research Interests: Bioinformatics
Hometown:

Terra Lubin
Doctoral aspirant, EEB
Haworth

Advisor: Helen Alexander
Research interest: Community ecology and conservation
Hometown: Lawrence, KS

 

Doctoral candidate, EEB

Advisor: Andrew Short
Research Interests: Systematics, evolution, beetles
Hometown: Jersey City, NJ

Doctoral candidate, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisor: Robert Moyle
Research Interests: Speciation and Biodiversity
Hometown: Fond du Lac, WI

Courtney Masterson
Master's student, EEB
Haworth

Advisor: Helen Alexander
Research Interests: Community ecology, Plant-animal interactions, herbivory, tallgrass prairie conservation
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Doctoral aspirant, EEB
Haworth

Advisor: Deborah Smith
Research Interests: Bee conservation; Foraging; Parasitism
Hometown: Hartford, KS

Doctoral candidate, EEB
Higuchi Hall

Advisor: Sharon Billings
Research Interests: climate change, biogeochemistry, soil organic matter
Hometown: Seoul, Korea

Andrew Mongue
Doctoral aspirant
Haworth Hall

Advisor: Jamie Walters
Research Interests: sexual selection, cryptic female choice, sperm competition
Hometown: Jonesboro, GA
 

Doctoral candidate, EEB
Haworth Hall

Advisor: John Kelly
Research Interests: Evolutionary quantitative genetics

Carl Oliveros
Doctoral candidate, EEB
Dyche Hall


Carl Oliveros: Biodiversity Institute profile
Advisor:
Robert Moyle
Research Interests: Philippine and Southeast Asian ornithology, biogeography, and conservation
Hometown: Las Pinas, Philippines

Karen Olson
Master's student, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisor: Rafe Brown
Research Interests: Phylogeography, population genetics and conservation of mammals
Hometown: Jupiter, Florida

Hannah Owens
Doctoral candidate, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisors: Town Peterson, Ed Wiley
Research Interests: Ichthyology, climate change, biogeography
Hometown: Downers Grove, IL

Kathy Roccaforte
Doctoral aspirant, EEB
Higuchi Hall

Advisor: Bryan Foster
Research Interests: Plant community ecology, plant-pollinator interactions, evolutionary ecology, tallgrass prairie conservation
Hometown:

Paula Roy
Doctoral aspirant, EEB
6016 Haworth Hall

Advisor: Jennifer Gleason
Research Interests: Community assembly, life history and sexual behavior of insects
Hometown: Lancaster, PA


 

Abdallah Samy
Doctoral aspirant, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisor: Town Peterson
Research Interests: Disease Ecology and modeling, Disease transmission dynamics, Ecological Niche Modeling, Biodiversity Informatics, GIS and Remote Sensing, vector control programs, Entomology, Evolution, and Bioinformatics.
Hometown: Awlad Sakr, Sharkia, Egypt

Doctoral candidate, EEB

Advisor: Paulyn Cartwright
Research Interests: Evolution, Development, Phylogenetics,
Hometown: Lusby, MD

Sarah Schmidt
Doctoral Candidate
Higuchi Hall

Advisor: James Thorp
Research Interests: River ecology, particularly algal
communities and ecosystem metabolism
 

 

Aniket Sengupta
Doctoral aspirant, EEB
Haworth Hall

Advisor: Lena Hileman
Research Interests: Flower evo-devo: role and expression of CYCLOIDEA in ancestrally radial flowers, genetic parallelisms, constraints on morphological evolution, phylogenetics.
Hometown: Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Doctoral candidate, EEB
Haworth Hall

Advisors: Kirsten Jensen, Michael Engel
Research Interests: Beetle systematics, morphology,
histology and biology of leaf beetles
Hometown: Seoul, Korea

Marianna Simões
Doctoral aspirant, EEB

Advisor: Andrew Short and Andrew T. Peterson
Research Interests: Systematics and evolution of insects, molecular and morphological phylogeny and biogeography of Coleoptera
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Susan Su
Doctoral aspirant, EEB
Haworth Hall

Advisor: Deborah Smith
Research Interests: Beetle evolution and systematics
Hometown: Taichung, Taiwan

Scott Travers
Doctoral aspirant, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisor: Rafe Brown
Research Interest: Herpetological evolutionary biology, Phylogenetics, Biogeography, Lineage diversification,
Community assemblage.
Hometown:

Michael Walker
Doctoral candidate, EEB
Haworth Hall

Advisor: Joy Ward
Research Interests: Effects of climate change of flower development in Arabadopsis
Hometown:

Tashitso
Master's student, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisors: Rafe Brown, Town Peterson
Research Interests: Diversity of vertebrates in the Himalayas
Hometown: Tibet


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