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Graduate Students

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Mabel Alvarado Gutierrez
Doctoral aspirant, EEB

Advisor: Michael Engel
Research Interests: Ichneumonidae
Hometown: Perú

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

Doctoral candidate, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisor: Rafe Brown
Research Interests: reptiles and amphibians, speciation, phylogenetics, landscape genetics
Hometown: Pinole, CA

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

Doctoral aspirant, 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

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

Doctoral aspirant, 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
 

 

Steve Davis
Doctoral candidate, EEB

Advisor: Michael Engel
Research Interests: Phylogenetics, systematics, fossil weevils, and evolutionary development
Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD

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

Doctoral candidate, EEB
Dyche Hall

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

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
 

 

Lucas Hemmer
Doctoral aspirant, 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

Doctoral candidate, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisor: Robert Moyle
Research Interests: Biogeography, molecular systematics, ornithology
Hometown: Holly, MI

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

Doctoral aspirant, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisor: Robert Moyle, Town Peterson
Research Interests: Geographical isolation, population divergence and speciation of forest birds
Hometown: Padang, Indonesia

Doctoral candidate, EEB
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Takeru Higuchi Hall, KBS

Advisor: Benjamin A Sikes
Research Interests: mycology, paleontology, plant anatomy, systematics, taphonomy
Hometown: Alberta, Canada

Doctoral aspirant, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisor: John Kelly
Research Interests: Bioinformatics
Hometown:

Doctoral candidate, EEB
Dyche Hall

Advisor: Jorge Soberón, Town Peterson
Research Interests: abundance, central-peripheral hypothesis, ecological niche, genetic diversity, mistletoe, phylogeography, scaling
Hometown: Zamora, Michoacán, México

Doctoral aspirant, EEB
Haworth

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

 

Doctoral aspirant, EEB
Higuchi Hall

Advisor: James Thorp
Research Interests: Freshwater ecology, ecosystem services, conservation
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

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 conservationCommunity Ecology, Evolution
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

Doctoral candidate, EEB
Haworth Hall

Advisor: John Kelly
Research Interests: Evolutionary quantitative genetics

Sofia Muñoz
Master's student, EEB

Advisor: Caroline Chaboo
Research Interests: Applied entomology, ecology, systematics
Hometown: Ecuador

Brian O'Neill
Doctoral candidate, EEB
Higuchi Hall

Advisor: James Thorp
Research Interests: Ecology of ephemeral aquatic systems
Hometown: Ada, MN

Carl Oliveros
Doctoral candidate, EEB
Dyche Hall

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

Doctoral candidate, EEB
Dyche Hall

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

Master's student, EEB
Haworth Hall

Advisor: Orley Taylor
Research Interests: Monarch butterfly biology and conservation
Hometown: Scranton, PA

 Register, Rachel.
Master's Student
Haworth Hall

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

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


 

Doctoral aspirant, EEB

Advisor: John Kelly
Research Interests: Evolutionary genetics, inbreeding depression
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

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
 

 

Doctoral aspirant, EEB
Haworth Hall

Advisor: Lena Hileman
Research Interests: Plant evo-devo, especially of flowers and endosperms. Biological constraints on evolution of characters.
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:

Brad Williams
Doctoral candidate, EEB
Higuchi Hall

Advisor: James Thorp
Research Interests: Ecology and management of large river ecosystems
Hometown: Little Rock, AR

Doctoral aspirant, EEB

Advisors: Val Smith
Research Interests: Ecology of Algae Biofuels, Ecological Stoichiometry, Metabolic Ecology
Hometown: Changwon, Korea

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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