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Francine Abe

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2010
Faculty Mentors: Bruce Lieberman & Ed O. Wiley
Dissertation Defense: June 10, 2010 - Honors
Dissertation Title: The nature of evolutionary radiations with a special focus on Devonian calmoniid trilobites


Blythe Alexander

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2011
Faculty Mentor: Rudolf Jander
Dissertation Defense: May 4, 2011
Dissertation Title: New behavioral insights into home range orientation of the house mouse (Mus musculus)


Tashitso Anamza

Degree Earned: MA in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2016
Faculty Mentor: Rafe Brown and Town Peterson
Thesis Defense: July 13, 2016
Dissertation Title: Analysis of stacked species distribution models provides a new perspective on biogeography and conservation of Philippine amphibians
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Mike Andersen

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2013
Faculty Mentor: Robert Moyle
Dissertation Defense: December 9, 2013
Dissertation Title: Diversification of the tropical Pacific avifauna
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Baruch Arroyo-Peña

Degree Earned: M.A. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2014
Faculty Mentor: Jorge Soberon
Thesis Defense: December 10, 2014
Report Title: Theoretical and Practical Analysis of Species Ecological Niche Internal Structure: Implications for Species Distribution Modeling
 


Stephen M. Baca

Degree Earned: M.A. in Entomology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2015
Faculty Mentor: Andrew Short
Thesis Defense: June 30, 2015
Thesis Title: The systematics of the burrowing water beetles (Coleoptera: Adephaga: Noteridae)
Currently: Doctoral student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas.
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Paul Michael Bardunias

Degree Earned: M.A. in entomology (non-thesis)
Term of Graduation: Summer 2009
Faculty Mentor: Deborah Smith
Report Title: Three dimensional path integration in the house mouse
Currently: a doctoral student at the University of Florida


Anthony Barley

Degree: Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2014
Faculty mentor: Rafe Brown
Dissertation Defense: April 14, 2014
Dissertation Title: From Microevolutionary Processes to Macroevolutionary Patterns: Investigating Diversification at Multiple Scales in Southeast Asian Lizards
Currently: Will a be post-doctoral researcher working with Robert Thomson at the University of Hawaii, Manoa
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Narayani Barve

Degree: Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2015
Faculty Mentor: A. Townsend Peterson
Dissertation Defense: May 5, 2015
Dissertation Title: Physiological constraints on geographic distribution of species
Currently: Post-doctoral student fellow working with Rob Guralnick, University of Florida
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Cornelia Becker

Degree Earned: M.A. in entomology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2008
Faculty Mentor: Orley “Chip” Taylor
Master's Presentation: August 14, 2008
Thesis Title: A possible size-determined directional selection in Danaus plexippus (Lepidoptera: Danaidae) with evidence from stable isotope analysis
Currently: completing master's level teaching certification at Johannes Gutenberg University


Daniel Bennett

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in entomology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2010
Faculty Mentor: Michael S. Engel
Dissertation Defense: December 6, 2010 - Honors
Dissertation Title: Phylogenetics of Crabronini, with a consideration of the evolution of predatory and nesting behaviors (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Crabronidae).
Currently: an assistant professor at Stephen F. Austin (CV in pdf).


Bastian Bentlage

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2012
Faculty Mentor: Paulyn Cartwright
Dissertation Defense: May 24, 2012 - Honors
Dissertation Title: Phylogenetic systematics, taxonomy, and biogeography of jellyfish (Cnidaria: Medusozoa)
Currently: a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Maryland with Charles Delwiche. (Basti's page on Google Scholar)


Brett Benz

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2011
Faculty Mentor: A. Townsend Peterson
Dissertation Defense: November 30, 2011 - Honors
Dissertation Title: Deciphering the evolutionary history of the montane New Guinea avifauna: Comparative phlyogeography and insights from paleodistributional modeling in a dynamic landscape
Currently: teaching an ornithology field course in Papua New Guinea and conducting avifaunal surveys in New Britain


Julie Bergene

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2012
Faculty Mentor: Edith L. Taylor
Thesis Defense: April 6, 2012 - Honors
Thesis Title: Dordrechtites arcanus, an anatomically preserved gymnospermous reproductive structure from the Middle Triassic of AntarcticaWork history
Currently: Public Education Coordinator at the Dole Institute of Politics, http://doleinstitute.org/julie-bergene/.


Alex Bittel

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2016
Faculty Mentor: Bryan Foster
Thesis Defense: May 6, 2016
Thesis Title: Historical contingency and biotic determinism in community assembly: a long-term experiment of grassland dynamics.
Currently: Currently pursuing a career in education and conservation.
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Bodbyl Roels

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2012
Faculty Mentor: John Kelly
Dissertation Defense: June 15, 2012 - Honors
Dissertation Title: Mating system evolution, plant-pollinator interactions, and floral ultraviolet patterning in Mimulus guttatus
Currently: Research Associate at Michigan State University and a post-doctoral researcher with Maren Friesen. (Sarah's web site)


Elisa Bonaccorso

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2007
Faculty Mentors: Town Peterson and Linda Trueb
Dissertation Defense: August 6, 2007
Dissertation Title: Evolution of the New World jays (Corvidae): Phylogeny, biogeography, and ecology
Currently: Faculty at Universidad Tecnológica Indoamérica (Elisa's page)


Rachel Bowes

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology – Honors
Term of Graduation: Spring 2016
Faculty Mentor:James Thorp
Dissertation Defense: May 6, 2016
Dissertation Title: Temporal analysis of river food webs.
Currently: postdoctoral researcher working with Professor Jim Thorp at the University of Kansas.
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Taylor Broadhead

Degree Earned: Taylor Broadhead was enrolled in the EEB master's program for two semesters before transferring to the doctoral program in Ecological Sciences and Engineering, Purdue University.
Faculty Mentor: Rafe Brown
Research interest: Bioacoustics of anurans.
Currently: Enrolled in doctoral program in Ecological Sciences and Engineering, Purdue University.
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Lindsay Campbell

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2016
Faculty Mentor: Town Peterson
Dissertation Defense: November 28, 2016
Dissertation Title: Modeling approaches to investigating distributions, abundances, and connectivity of mosquito vector species.
Currently: ORISE Fellow with the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
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Luke Campillo

Degree Earned: M.A in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2016
Faculty Mentor:Rob Moyle
Thesis Defense: March 25, 2016
Thesis Title: Use of genomic data to resolve gene tree discordance in a Southeast Asian genus: Readdressing paraphyly in the spiderhunter (Nectariniidae, Arachnothera) phylogeny.
Currently: enrolled in the doctoral program at the University of Hawaii.
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Anna Clarke Carlson

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2007
Faculty Mentors: Ed O. Wiley and Deborah Smith
Dissertation Defense: July 13, 2007
Dissertation Title: Population genetic patterns in sister species pairs sharing a single speciation event: A study of two species pairs of freshwater fishes
Currently: a research associate at the University of Arizona


Teresa Carroll

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2009
Faculty Mentor: James Thorp
Dissertation Defense: May 15, 2009
Dissertation Title:: Resources pulses and spatial subsidies in Ozark Karst Springs: Effects on community structure and food webs
Currently: an associate professor of biology and chair of the Environmental Studies program at Drury University in Springfield, MO


Jacob Carter

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2015
Faculty Mentor: Joy Ward
Dissertation Defense: August 25, 2015
Dissertation Title: Phenology and Physiology of White Ash in Relation to Climate Extremes
Currently: Post doctoral fellow with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education, EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency response.
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Pingfu Chen

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2008
Faculty Mentor: Ed O. Wiley
Dissertation Defense: April 24, 2008
Dissertation Title: Ecological niche modeling as a predictive tool: Asiatic freshwater fishes in North America
Currently: the Director of the Informatics Division of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences


Xi Chen

Degree Earned: M.A in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2015
Faculty Mentor: Justin Blumenstiel
Thesis Defense: September 4, 2015
Thesis Title: A signature of an increased piRNA response with increased TE abundance in Drosophila: an evolutionary arms race between TE and genome defense provided by piRNA pathway
Currently: Enrolled in the Computer Science Master's program, School of Engineering, University of Kansas.
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Joanna Cielocha

Degree Earned: PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2013
Faculty Mentor: Kirsten Jensen
Thesis Defense: April 12, 2013
Thesis Title: Contributions to the systematics, comparative morphology, and interrelationships of selected lecanicephalidean tapeworms (Plathelminthes: Cestoda: Lecanicephalidae)
Currently: Assistant Professor of Biology, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri


Kerry Cobb

Degree Earned: MA in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2016
Faculty Mentor:Rafe Brown
Thesis Defense: July 28, 2016
Dissertation Title: Geographic basis of genetic variation in Platymantis corrugatus
Currently: Enrolled in the doctoral program, Auburn University, Alabama
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Jeff Cole

Degree Earned:: Ph.D. in entomology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2009
Faculty Mentors: Jennifer Gleason and Michael Greenfield
Dissertation Defense: October 23, 2009
Dissertation Title: Species recognition is driving evolution of the acoustic mating system of shield back katydids (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae: Aglaothorax): Behavioral and phylogenetic evidence
Currently: assistant professor at Pasadena City College


Jack Colicchio

Degree Earned: PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation:Summer 2016
Faculty Mentor:Lena Hileman
Thesis Defense:May 24, 2016
Dissertation Title:Lingering wounds: The molecular and evolutionary outcomes of transgenerational plasticity in Mimulus guttatus
Currently:post-doctoral fellow working with Benjamin Blackman, Plant & Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley
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Cathy Collins

Degree Earned:Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation:Spring 2009
Faculty Mentor:Bryan Foster
Dissertation Defense:March 5, 2009 — Honors
Dissertation Title:Population and community responses to anthropogenic environmental changes
Currently:assistant professor of biology at Colby College (Cathy's page)


Jacob Cooper

Degree Earned: M.A in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2016
Faculty Mentor: Jorge Soberon
Thesis Defense: April 12, 2016
Thesis Title: Testing stacked distribution models: Predicting species richness and community composition in hummingbirds
Currently: Enrolled in the Doctoral program at the University of Chicago.
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Matthew Davis

Degree Earned:Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation:Fall 2009
Faculty Mentor:Edward O. Wiley
Dissertation Defense:December 4, 2009 - Honors
Dissertation Title:Integrating molecular evolution and morphology to study the evolutionary history of lizardfishes and their allies
Currently: a postdoctoral fellow KU


Steve Davis

Degree Earned: M.A. in entomology / PhD Entomology (honors)
Term of Graduation:Summer 2008 / Spring 2014
Faculty Mentors:Michael Engel and the late Steve Ashe Thesis Defense:June 6, 2008 / April 14, 2014
Thesis Title: Morphology and phylogeny of the weevil subfamily Baridinae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)
Dissertation title: Morphology, Phylogeny, and Evolutionary Development in the Weevils (Insecta: Coleoptera: Curculionoidea)
Currently: Gerstner Scholar and Kalbfleisch post-doctoral fellow at the American Museum of Natural History
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Micaleila Desotelle

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2008
Faculty Mentors: James Thorp
Master's Presentation: January 28, 2008
Thesis Title: Landscape impacts on fish community structure and food chain length in prairie and Ozark rivers
Currently: enrolled in a doctoral program at Michigan State University (profile at MSU)


Shannon DeVaney

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2008
Faculty Mentor: Ed O. Wiley
Dissertation Defense: December 10, 2008
Dissertation Title: Interrelationships of fishes of the order Stomiiformes
Currently: an assistant professor of biology at Pierce College (Shannon's homepage)


Wendy Eash-Loucks

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2010
Faculty Mentor: Daphne Fautin
Master's Defense: November 18, 2010
Thesis Title: Taxonomy and distribution of sea anemones (Cnidaria: Actiniaria, Corallimorpharia) from deep water of the northeastern Pacific
Currently: a water quality planner/project manager for King County, Washington


D. Jason Emry

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2008
Faculty Mentor: Helen Alexander
Dissertation Defense: April 18, 2008
Dissertation Title: Population ecology and management of the invasive plant, Lespedeza cuneata
Currently: an assistant professor at Washburn University (Jason's page)


Jacob Esselstyn

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2010
Faculty Mentors: Rafe Brown and Robert Timm
Dissertation Defense: April 27, 2010 - Honors
Dissertation Title: Diversification processes in an island radiation of shrews
Currently: An Assistant Professor and Curator of Mammals at LSU (Jake's page)


Nathaniel Evans

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2009
Faculty Mentor: Paulyn Cartwright
Master's Presentation: July 14, 2009
Thesis Title: The phylogenetic placement of two enigmatic metazoan parasites: Polypodium hydriforme and Myxozoa
Currently: a doctoral student at the University of Florida (Nat's page)


Debra Finch

Degree Earned:M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2010
Faculty Mentor: Helen Alexander
Master's Presentation: March 12, 2010
Thesis Title: Ecology of Carex blanda throughout a woodland/grassland ecotone: A small-scale study of a woodlands species in heterogeneous environments


Allison Fuiten

Degree Earned:M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2012
Faculty Mentors: Rafe Brown and Linda Trueb
Thesis Defense: March 28, 2012
Thesis Title: Skeletal variation in Melanesian forest frogs (Anura: Ceratobatrachidae)
Currently: a doctoral student at the University of Oregon (Cresko Lab)


Qinqin Gong

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2009
Faculty Mentors: John K. Kelly and Maria Orive
Master's Presentation: March 27, 2009
Thesis Title: The effects of directional epistasis on molecular evolution
Currently:a biology instructor at Cloud County Community College (Qinquin's page)


Victor Gonzalez-Betancourt

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2008
Faculty Mentor: Deborah Smith
Dissertation Defense: June 30, 2008
Dissertation Title: Phylogeny and classification of the bee tribe Megachilini (Hymenoptera: Apoidea, Megachilidae), with emphasis on the genus Megachile
Currently: an assistant professor at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (Victor's site)


Justin Gramarye

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology (non-thesis)
Term of Graduation: Fall 2009
Faculty Mentor: Larry Martin
Report Title: Flapping jaws: Cranial kinesis in the Nile hippopotamus (H. amphibius) and an anthracothere (Elomeryx), mechanisms, and muscular control
Currently:an adjunct instructor at Chattanooga State Community College


Jesse Grismer

Degree Earned: PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2016
Faculty Mentor: Rafe Brown
Dissertation title: The fragmentation of Gondwanaland: Influence on the historical biogeography and morphological evolution within Dragon Lizards (Squamata: Agamidae)
Currently: postdoctoral researcher working with Jamie Oaks. Auburn University, Alabama and Brad Shaffer, University California, Los Angeles, CA
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Juan M. Guayasamin

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2007
Faculty Mentor: Linda Trueb
Dissertation Defense: November 19, 2007
Dissertation Title: Phylogeny, taxonomy, character evolution, and biogeography of glassfrogs (Amphibia: Centrolenidae)
Currently:a professor/investigator at the Universidad Tecnológica Indoamérica (Juan's Google Scholar page)


Rachel Guyer

Degree Earned: MA in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2016
Faculty Mentor:Kirsten Jensen
Thesis Defense: June 10, 2016
Thesis Title: Select lecanicephalidean (Cestoda) fauna of the giant freshwater whipray, Himantura polylepis (Myliobatiformes: Dasyatidae), from Malaysian and Indonesian Borneo
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David Hall

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2016
Faculty Mentor: Bryan Foster
Dissertation Defense: November 11, 2016
Dissertation Title: Using ecological theory to inform the restoration and conservation of tallgrass prairie.
Currently: high school biology teacher
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Desiree Harpel

Degree: M.A. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2015
Faculty Mentor: Jamie Walters
Thesis Defense: April 22, 2015
Thesis Title: Investigating novel traits in Lepidoptera through the use of shotgun proteomics
Currently: Research Assistant in the lab of KU-EEB faculty Jamie Walters
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Carla Harper

Degree: Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Honors
Term of Graduation: Spring 2015
Faculty Mentor: Thomas N. Taylor
Dissertation Defense: May 1, 2015
Dissertation Title: The diversity and interactions of fungi from the Paleozoic and Mesozoic of Antarctica
Currently: Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research fellow working with Michael Krings, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie, Munich, Germany
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Ted Harris

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2017
Faculty Mentor: Frank deNoyelles, John Jones, and Val Smith †
Dissertation Defense: February 10, 2017
Dissertation Title: Factors effecting local, regional, and global scale cyanobacterial dominance and secondary metabolite occurrence.
Currently: conducting postdoctoral research at the Landbouwhogeschool, Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Kaylee Herzog

Degree: M.A. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Honors
Term of Graduation: Summer 2016
Faculty Mentor: Kirsten Jensen
Thesis Defense: July 7, 2016
Thesis Title:Tapeworms of the mangrove Whipray, Himantura granulata Macleay, and an investigation of host size as it relates to tapeworm faunal composition
Currently: enrolled in the doctoral program, University of Kansas
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Ismael Hinojosa Díaz

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in entomology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2010
Faculty Mentor: Michael S. Engel
Dissertation Defense: November 10, 2010
Dissertation Title: Comparative genital morphology, phylogeny, and classification of the orchid bee genus Euglossa Latreille (Hymenoptera: Apidae), with distributional modeling of adventive Euglossines
Currently: Research affiliate with the KU Biodiversity Institute


Pete Hosner

Degree: Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2014
Faculty Mentor: Robert Moyle
Dissertation Defense: April 15, 2014
Dissertation Title: Geographic Drivers of Avian Diversification in the Philippine Archipelago
Currently: Post-doctoral researcher working with Rebecca Kimball at the University of Florida
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Kate Ingenloff

Degree Earned: M.A. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2013
Faculty Mentor: A. Townsend Peterson
Dissertation Defense: December 2, 2013
Dissertation Title: Trans-Amazon dispersal potential for Crotalus durissus during Pleistocene climate events
Currently: doctoral aspirant in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas.
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Muhammad Janra

Degree: M.A. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2014
Faculty Mentors: Rob Moyle and Town PetersonStudent
Master’s Defense: January 1, 2014
Report Title: Phylogenetic Relationships of Niltavinae Using Multi-Gene Analysis
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Ming-Luen Jeng

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in entomology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2008
Faculty Mentor: Michael Engel and the former Steve Ashe
Dissertation Defense: June 24, 2008, Honors
Dissertation Title: Comprehensive phylogenetics, systematics, and evolution of the neoteny of Lampyridae (Insecta: Coleoptera)
Currently: an assistant curator at the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Taichung, Taiwan


Robin Jones

Degree:  M.A. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2013
Faculty Mentor: Robert Moyle
Master’s Defense: July 8, 2013
Thesis Title: A molecular genetic investigation into secondary contact and gene flow in island sister taxa
Currently: AmeriCorps outreach program manager at the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science. TINS is a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to inform the public about Tahoe's natural history, science, and conservation issues.


Irene Khavin

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2008
Faculty Mentors: Bryan Foster and Val Smith
Master's Presentation: March 3, 2008
Thesis Title: Arthropod and plant responses to resource availability and heterogeneity
Currently: a research assistant and lab manager at Drexel University (Irene's page)


Hayley Kilroy M.

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2010
Faculty Mentor: Kelly Kindscher
Master's Presentation: August 25, 2010
Thesis Title: Landscape context, metacommunity dynamics, and private management practices of native prairie hay meadows
Currently:a PhD in John Silander's lab at the University of Connecticut (Hayley's page)


Kendra Koch

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2009
Faculty Mentor: Kirsten Jensen
Master's Presentation: June 29, 2009
Thesis Title: The lecanicephalidean fauna of three species of eagle rays of the genus Aetomylaeus (Myliobatiformes: Myliobatidae)


Jacob Landis

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2011
Faculty Mentor: Lena Hileman
Master's Defense: April 13, 2011 - Honors
Thesis Title: Pollinator attractors: petaloidy and epidermal cell shape in close relatives of snapdragon
Currently: a doctoral student with Pam Solits at the University of Florida


Leo Legra

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2009
Faculty Mentor: A. Townsend Peterson
Master's Presentation: July 20, 2009
Thesis Title: Biogeography, ecology and conservation of Paradisaeidae: Consequences of environmental and climatic changes
Currently: working with the Papua New Guinea Institute of Biological Research


Nick Levsen

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2008
Faculty Mentor: Mark Mort
Dissertation Defense: October 6, 2008 — Honors
Dissertation Title: Systematics and glacial population history of the Alternifolium group of the flowering plant genus Chrysoplenium (Saxifragaceae)
Currently: Research Associate at Newcastle University (Nick's page)


Charles Linkem

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2012
Faculty Mentor: Rafe Brown
Dissertation Defense: April 2, 2012
Dissertation Title: Molecular phylogenetics and biogeography of Sphenomorphini (Squamata: Scincidae)
Currently:an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Washington with Drs. Adam Leache and Vladimir Minin (Charles' page)


Andrès Lira Noriega

Degree: Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2014
Faculty Mentors: Jorge Soberón and Town Peterson
Dissertation Defense: April 8, 2014 – Honors
Dissertation Title: Scale and Ecological and Historical Determinants of a Species’ Geographic range: The Case of the Vector-borne Plant Parasite Phoradendron californicum Nutt. (Viscaceae)
Past: Worked as a post-doctoral researcher with Carlos Martínez del Rio at the University of Wyoming
Currently: Researcher Institute of Ecology INECOL, Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico
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Quinn Long

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2010
Faculty Mentors: Bryan Foster & Kelly Kindscher
Dissertation Defense: June 28, 2010
Dissertation Title: Species coexistence in restored grassland plant communities: trait-based recruitment, niche-neutral assembly, and heterogeneous management
Currently: botanist/ecologist at Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, Missouri Botanical Garden (Quinn's page)


Sean Maher

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2010
Faculty Mentors: A. Townsend Peterson and Robert Timm
Dissertation Defense: April 27, 2010
Dissertation Title: Spatial dynamics of mammals and their pathogens and parasites
Currently: a postdoctoral researcher for Environmental Science, Policy & Management the University California, Berkeley (Sean's site)


Crystal Maier

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in entomology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2016
Faculty Mentor: Andrew Short
Dissertation Defense: July 14, 2016
Dissertation Title: Phylogeny, ecology, and taxonomic revision of the travertine beetles (Coleoptera: Lutrochidae)
Currently: Collection manager, Field Museum of Natural History
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Joseph Manthey

Degree Earned:Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2015
Faculty Mentor: Rob Moyle
Dissertation Defense: December 11, 2015
Dissertation Title: Evolutionary biology of birds and their associated microbiota in the Madrean Archipelago Sky Islands
Currently: Postdoctoral Associate at New York University-Abu Dhabi.
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Tara Marriage

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2009
Faculty Mentors: John K. Kelly and Maria Orive
Dissertation Defense: August 19, 2009
Dissertation Title: Mutation, asexual reproduction and genetic load: A study in three parts
Currently: a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Kansas with Dr. Stuart Macdonald


Courtney Masterson

Degree: M.A. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2016
Faculty Mentor: Helen Alexander
Thesis Defense: April 29, 2016
Thesis Title:Effects of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) herbivory on remnant tallgrass prairie plant communities
Currently: biology lecturere, University of Kansas
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David McLeod

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2010
Faculty Mentor: Linda Trueb
Dissertation Defense: April 28, 2010
Dissertation Title: Elucidating the relationships within the Limnonectes kuhlii species complex (Amphibia: Anura: Dicroglossidae)
Currently:a lecturer and director of anatomy laboratories at KU (Dave's site)


Claire McPartlin

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2010
Faculty Mentor: Linda Trueb
Thesis Title: Osteology of Calluella guttulata (Blyth 1855) and associated commentary on evolution in the family Microhylidae (Anura)


Kathryn Mickle

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2012
Faculty Mentors: Hans-Peter Schultze & Edward Wiley
Dissertation Defense: April 10, 2012 - Honors
Dissertation Title: Unraveling the systematics of palaeoniscoid fishes - lower actinopterygians in need of a complete phylogenetic revision
Recipient of the 2012 Marnie and Bill Argersinger Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
Currently: a visiting professor of anatomy at Rockhurst University (Kathryn's contact info)


Ginger Miller

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2010
Faculty Mentors: Michael Greenfield & Jennifer Gleason
Dissertation Defense: September 27, 2010
Dissertation Title: Pre-mating communication and hybridization between two meadow katydids, Orchelimum nigripes and O. pulchellum (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae): Male calling song and asymmetric female preference
Currently: an instructor at Longview Community College


Julius Mojica

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2011
Faculty Mentor: John K. Kelly
Dissertation Defense: July 18, 2011 - Honors
Dissertation Title: What constrains directional selection on complex traits in the wild?
Currently:a postdoctoral researcher for John McKay at Colorado State University (McKay Lab page)


Patrick Monnahan

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2016
Faculty Mentor: John K. Kelly
Dissertation Defense: March 21, 2016 - Honors
Dissertation Title: Evolutionary implications of the standing genetic variation in natural populations of Mimulus guttatus
Currently: Postdoctoral Researcher at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, United Kingdom.
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Sofía I. Muñoz Tobar

Degree: M.A. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2014
Faculty Mentor: Caroline Chaboo
Master’s Defense: April 10, 2014
Thesis Title: Molecular Phylogeny of Leaf Shining Beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Criocerinae)
Currently: Enrolled in the doctoral program at the University of Clemson, South Carolina to work with Michael Caterino
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Cheryl Murphy

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2012
Faculty Mentor: Bryan Foster
Dissertation Defense: August 22, 2012
Dissertation Title: Above-ground-belowground interactions: Investigating the role of plant communities in structuring soil bacterial communities


Daniel Najera

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in entomology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2009
Faculty Mentor: Rudolf Jander
Dissertation Defense: April 15, 2009
Dissertation Title: Redefining honeybee foraging cognition
Currently: teaching biology at Green River Community College.


Annalise Nawrocki

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2012
Faculty Mentor: Paulyn Cartwright
Dissertation Defense: March 28, 2012 - Honors
Dissertation Title: Phylogenetics of Aplanulata (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa) and the evolution and development of Ectopleura larynx


Kathleen Nuckolls

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2010
Faculty Mentors: Kenneth Armitage & Norman Slade
Dissertation Defense: July 1, 2010
Dissertation Title: Determinants of annual and lifetime reproductive success in female yellow-bellied marmots: a cross-generational study
Currently:a lecturer with the Environmental Studies program at KU (Kathleen's page)


Árpád S. Nyári

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2011
Faculty Mentor: A. Townsend Peterson
Dissertation Defense: April 22, 2011
Dissertation Title: Origin and evolution of the unique Australo-Papuan mangrove-restricted avifauna: novel insights from molecular phylogenetic and comparative phylogeographic analyses
Currently: a visiting assistant professor at Oklahoma State University (Árpád's page)


T. Ryan O’Leary

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2009
Faculty Mentor: Mark Mort
Master's Presentation: June 24, 2009
Thesis Title: Phylogenetics and biogeography of Aichryson inferred from chloroplast DNA sequences


Jamie Oaks

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2013
Faculty Mentor: Rafe Brown and Mark Holder
Dissertation Defense: October 16, 2013
Dissertation Title: Islands and Integrals: Processes of Diversification in an Island Archipelago and Bayesian Methods of Comparative Phylogeographical Model Choice
Currently: post-doctoral researcher at the University of Washington working on the development of new software and methods for testing models of diversification.a visiting assistant professor at Oklahoma State University
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Carl Oliveros

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2009
Faculty Mentor: Robert Moyle
Thesis Defense: April 28, 2009
Thesis Title: Origin and Diversification of Philippine Bulbuls
Currently: Enrolled in EEB Ph.D. program mentored by Rob Moyle (Carl's page)

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology (Honors)
Term of Graduation: Summer 2015
Faculty Mentor: Robert Moyle
Dissertation Defense: July 17, 2015
Dissertation Title: Phylogenomics of Rapid Avian Radiations
Currently: post doctoral researcher in the Brant Faircloth Lab, Louisiana State University. (Carl's page)
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Brian O'Neill

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2010
Faculty Mentor: James Thorp
Master's Presentation: March 26, 2010
Thesis Title: Ecological responses to hydrogeomorphic fluctuations in a sand bed prairie river: River complexity, habitat availability, and benthic invertebrates
Currently: completing a doctoral degree at KU under James Thorp's mentorship (Brian's page)

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2014
Faculty Mentor: James Thorp
Dissertation Defense: July 10, 2014
Dissertation Title: Community dynamics of ephemeral systems: food web drivers, community assembly, and anthropogenic impacts of playa wetlands
Currently: Assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
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Hannah Owens

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2008
Faculty Mentor: Kirsten Jensen
Master's Presentation: August 22, 2008
Thesis Title:Multiple species of Phoreiobothrium from the blacktip shark, Carcharhinus limbatus, in the Gulf of Mexico
Currently: a doctoral student with Ed O. Wiley at the University of Kansas (Hannah's page)

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2015
Faculty Mentor: Townsend Peterson
Dissertation Defense: April 6, 2015
Dissetation Title: Modeling species distributions: applications and methods for marine biogeography and conservation
Currently: Awarded NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship; will be a post-doctoral fellow working with Rob Guralnick, University of Florida (Hannah's page)
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Monica Papeş

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2009
Faculty Mentor: A. Townsend Peterson
Dissertation Defense: April 21, 2009 — Honors
Dissertation Title: Ecological applications of remote sensing data in neotropical rainforests
Currently:an assistant professor at Oklahoma State University in the Department of Zoology (Monica's page)


Barbara Parsons

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology (non-thesis)
Term of Graduation: Spring 2008
Faculty Mentor: Walter Dimmick
Report Title: Population genetics of captive and wild-caught Topeka shiners (Notropis topeka)


Mari Pesek

Degree:  M.A. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Graduation Term: Summer 2013
Faculty Mentor: Bryan Foster
Master’s Defense: April 17, 2013
Thesis Title: Drivers of plant and arthropod diversity and community structure in a grassland ecosystem
Mari passed away in a tragic car accident on September 11, 2013.


K.J. Pittman

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2011
Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Gleason
Dissertation Defense: December 9, 2011
Dissertation Title: Population genetics, phylogeography, and morphology of the Sand Shiner, Notropis stramineus


Victoria M. Pocius

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2014
Faculty Mentor: Chip Taylor
Dissertation Defense: August 20, 2014
Thesis Title: A Re-examination of Reproductive Arrest on the Monarch Butterfly, Danaus plexippus
Currently: Doctoral student at the University of Iowa.
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Piero Protti

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology (non-thesis)
Term of Graduation: Spring 2010
Faculty Mentor: Mark Mort
Report Title: Distribution and diversity of Aeonium spathulatum (Crassulaceae) on the western Canary Islands
Currently:an adjunct instructor at Rockhurst and Avila universities


Erin Questad

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2008
Faculty Mentor: Bryan Foster
Dissertation Defense: April 22, 2008
Dissertation Title: Disturbance, spatial turnover, and species coexistence in grassland plant communities
Currently: faculty at (Cal Poly Pomona)


Alexis Reed

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2012
Faculty Mentor: Sharon Billings
Dissertation Defense: April 9, 2012
Dissertation Title: Variation in physiological responses of forest trees to disturbance: implications for future forest carbon and management


Steve Roels

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2011
Faculty Mentor:Helen Alexander
Master's Defense: June 24, 2011 - Honors
Thesis Presentation: July 1, 2011
Thesis Title: Not easy being Mead's: Comparative herbivory on three milkweeds, including threatened Mead's milkweed (Asclepias meadii) and seedling ecology of Mead's milkweed
Currently: PhD student at Michigan State (Steve's page)


Patricia Ryberg

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in botany
Term of Graduation: Fall 2009
Faculty Mentor: Edith Taylor
Dissertation Defense: August 19, 2009 — Honors
Dissertation Title: Antarctic glossopterids: Clarifying and comparing reproductive structures
Currently: a postdoctoral researcher at KU Dr. Edith Taylor (Patricia's page at the BI)


Debosree Samanta Roy

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology (non-thesis)
Term of Graduation: Spring 2008
Faculty Mentors: Joy Ward
Report Title: Interactive effects of increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration and temperature on flowering time of Arabidopsis thaliana genotypes between the preindustrial and present periods


John Sahrmann

Degree: M.A. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2014
Faculty Mentor: John Kelly
Master’s Defense: April 17, 2014
Thesis Title: Integrating Multiple Evolutionary Processes in Models of Captive Breeding.
Currently: Research assistant at the St. Louis Zoo
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Steven Sanders

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Honors
Term of Graduation: Spring 2015
Faculty Mentor: Paulyn Cartwright
Dissertation Defense: December 16, 2014
Dissertation Title: Integrating genomic, transcriptomic and developmental approaches to investigate coloniality and life cycle evolution in the Hydractiniidae (Hydrozoa: Cnidaria)
Currently: Postdoctoral researcher with Matt Nicotra, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
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Abdallah Samy

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology – Honors
Term of Graduation: Spring 2016
Faculty Mentor:A. Townsend Peterson
Dissertation Defense: May 5, 2016
Dissertation Title: Geographic distribution modeling of infectious disease dynamics in space and time
Currently: assistant professor at Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, and a postdoctoral researcher at the Erasmus Medical Research Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Sarah J. Schmidt

Degree Earned: M.A. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2015
Faculty Mentors: Jim Thorp and Jerry deNoyelles
Master’s Defense: July 29, 2015
Thesis Title: Structure and function of the phytoplankton community of the Kansas river
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Andrew Schwendemann

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2012
Faculty Mentor: Thomas N. Taylor
Dissertation Defense: July 23, 2012
Dissertation Title: Paleophysiology of Permian and Triassic seed plants
Currently:a postdoctoral researcher at KU Dr. Thomas Taylor


Chulwoo (Choru) Shin

Degree: Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2015
Faculty Mentors: Kirsten Jensen and Michael Engel
Dissertation Defense: July 15, 2015
Dissertation title: Systematics and morphology of Ischyrosonychini, with an investigation of color change in the Geiger tortoise beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)
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Cameron Siler

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2011
Faculty Mentor: Rafe Brown
Dissertation Defense: October 7, 2011 - Honors
Dissertation Title: Historical processes and genetic implications of limb reduction and loss in an island skink lineage
Currently: an assistant curator of herpetology and assistant professor of biology at the University of Oklahoma (Cam's site


Chao Song

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2011
Faculty Mentor: Ford Ballantyne IV
Master's Defense: April 18, 2011
Thesis Title: Carbon dynamics in aquatic ecosystems in response to different nutrient availability and rising atmospheric CO2
Currently:a doctoral student at KU with Ford Ballantyne at the University of Georgia


Kathryn Sparks

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology (non-thesis)
Term of Graduation: Spring 2011
Faculty Mentors: Helen Alexander and Val Smith
Report Title: Early life stage growth in crop-wild sunflower (Helianthus annuus) hybrids


Yong-Chao Su

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Summer 2012
Faculty Mentor: Deborah Smith
Dissertation Defense: May 14, 2012
Dissertation Title: A gang of thieves - evolution of cooperative kleptoparasitism in the subfamily Argyrodinae (Araneae: Theridiidae)
Currently: postdoctoral research fellow at Tunghai University, Taiwan (Yong-Chao's page)


Jeet Sukumaran

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2012
Faculty Mentors: Rafe Brown & Mark Holder
Dissertation Defense: January 31, 2012
Dissertation Title: Geographies and genealogies: Phylogeographic simulation and Bayesian approaches to statistical phylogeographic model selection
Currently:a postdoctoral researcher at Duke University (Jeet's site)


Lisa Tiemann

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2011
Faculty Mentor: Sharon Billings
Dissertation Defense: April 14, 2011 - Honors
Dissertation Title: Soil microbial community carbon and nitrogen dynamics with altered precipitation regimes and substrate availability
Currently: a postdoctoral researcher at the University of New Hamsphire (Lisa's page)


Oscar Toro Núñez

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2013
Faculty Mentor: Mark Mort
Dissertation Defense: August 26, 2013
Dissertation Title: Systematics and evolution in the tribe Schizopetalae: an approximation to the study of extreme aridity as factor of diversification of an endemic lineage from the Atacama Desert (Chile)Soil microbial community carbon and nitrogen dynamics with altered precipitation regimes and substrate availability
Currently: working in his native country of Chile
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Lynn Villafuerte

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2010
Faculty Mentor: Deborah Smith
Master's Defense: August 31, 2010
Thesis Title: Genetic diversity in Apis dorsata F.
Currently: the program coordinator for the Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program and the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity


Luke Welton

Degree Earned: M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2012
Faculty Mentor: Rafe Brown
Master's Defense: April 2, 2012
Thesis Title: Multilocus phylogeny and Bayesian estimates of species boundaries reveal hidden evolutionary relationships and cryptic diversity in Southeast Asian water monitors (genus Varanus)
Currently: a doctoral student with Dr. Jack Sites at Brigham Young University (Sites lab)


Richard Williams

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2010
Faculty Mentor: A. Townsend Peterson
Dissertation Defense: December 7, 2010
Dissertation Title: Ecology and geography of avian viruses using niche models and wild bird surveillance
Currently: Postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Javier Perez-Tris in the Department of Zoology and Physical Anthropology at the Complutense University of Madrid (Richard's page)


Dan Williams

Degree Earned: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology
Term of Graduation: Spring 2009
Faculty Mentor: Larry Martin
Dissertation Defense: April 21, 2009
Dissertation Title: Small mammal faunal stasis in Natural Trap Cave (Pleistocene – Holocene), Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming
Currently: a visiting Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University (Dan's page)


Jin-Ho Yun

Degree Earned:M.A. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Term of Graduation: Fall 2014
Faculty Mentor: Val Smith
Master’s Defense: November 24, 2014
Thesis Title: The Potential of Freshwater Macroalgae as a Biofuels Feedstock and the Influence of Nutrient Availability on Freshwater Macroalgal Biomass Production
Currently: Enrolled in the doctoral program in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institution of Science and Technology)
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