Nigel Anderson

Advisor: Matthew Fuxjager

I intend on researching the physiological mechanisms underlying the evolution of novel signaling. More specifically, I am interested in examining the role of hormones in the evolution of neuromotor systems and corresponding behavioral outputs. I will be using foot flagging frogs as my model system.

Mayra Banuelos

Advisor: Emilia Huerta-Sanchez

Interested in developing new computational methods for studying archaic admixture.

Alberto Bortoni

Advisor: Sharon Swartz

I am interested in the hunting strategies of insect-eating bats. I study their flight trajectories to understand what makes them great aerial predators. I also build mathematical models that describe their motion as they hunt and hope to use these in engineering applications.   

John Burley

Advisor: James Kellner

Landscape-level ecological genomics of tropical canopy trees, climate change.

Ghislaine Posada Cardenas

Advisor: Matthew Fuxjager

How elaborate behavioral display evolve in manakins, with special attention to the way in which the musculoskeletal system is modified to support complex physical signaling.

Leah Darwin

Advisor: David Rand

Broadly interested in mitochondrial and nuclear interactions.

Rachel Fleming

Advisor: Tom Roberts

Functional morphology, biomechanics, evolutionary biology.

Alyssa Funk

Advisor: Emilia Huerta-Sanchez

Human population genetics, focusing on archaic introgression and adaptation.

Elsie Gibson

Advisor: Sohini Ramachandran

Interested in population genetic inference.

Hannah Hoff

Advisor: Tyler Kartzinel

Food web ecology, herbivore-plant interactions, and drivers of plant community composition and structure.

Aryan Jakhar

Advisor: Dov Sax

Interested in plant species’ range shifts in response to global climate change.

Elska Kaczmarek

Advisor: Beth Brainerd  

Functional morphology and biomechanics of vertebrates in an evolutionary context.

Rachel Kalisher

Advisor: Sharon Swartz  

Female reproductive physiology through bone microstructure to infer if fertility was an important factor in burial rites in the ancient world.

Brina Lopez Gfeller

Advisors: Emilia Huerta-Sanchez & Sohini Ramachandran

Interested in applying population genetics and computational methods to gain new insight into human evolution and diseases. 

Nicole Moody

Advisor: Matthew Fuxjager

Interested in the mechanisms of behavior with a focus on neurological and endocrine underpinnings of woodpecker drumming.

David Peede

Advisor: Emilia Huerta-Sanchez

Broadly interested in molecular evolution theory and developing population genetic methods to better understand the evolutionary forces that give rise to genetic variation. I currently am studying methods to quantity local introgression and the evolutionary history of the major histocompatibility complex in admixed populations.

Jarrod Petersen

Advisor: Tom Roberts

Interested in how structure governs function in organisms. Currently, my work in the Roberts lab examines how dynamic muscle shape change might influence the mechanical output during a contraction.

Sofia Piggott

Advisor: Matthew Fuxjager

Interested in using evolutionary history and plastic constraints to understand the influence of behavioral and anatomical changes on evolution.

Brooke Quinn

Advisor: Sharon Swartz

Pursuit trajectories and bat flight kinematics in laboratory and natural environments.

Courtney Reed

Advisor: Tyler Kartzinel

Evolution in mosaic environments, trade-offs between foraging and predator-avoidance, and the impacts of individual behavior on community structure

Amy Rutter

Advisor: Tom Roberts

Functional morphology and biomechanics of vertebrate locomotion.

Maya Weissman

Advisor: Dan Weinreich  

Broadly interested in mathematics and biology. I am currently working on computational methods to model the evolution of modifiers of fidelity of genetic information transmission within and between organisms, and specifically on the evolution of stochastic noise.

Hannah Weller

Advisor: Beth Brainerd  

How the specialized morphologies of fishes allow them to interact with (and eat parts of) their environments.

Cole Williams

Advisor: Sohini Ramachandran

Leveraging genetic relatedness for improved population genetic inference

Dafeng Zhang

Advisor: James Kellner

Answering questions about the structure and dynamics of forest ecosystems using remote sensing techniques