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

How bats' compliant morphological structures permit flight and how do they constrain their ecology.

Bianca Brown

Advisor: Tyler Kartzinel

Microbiome-Host-Environment (GxGxE) interactions using the barnacle species S. balanoides and various Drosophila species.

John Burley

Advisor: James Kellner

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

John Capano

Advisor: Beth Brainerd

Comparative physiology, functional morphology and biomechanics within an evolutionary context.

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.

Wei Cheng

Advisor: Sohini Ramachandran

Statistical theories and computational methods which could be used to analysing data for interpreting the evolutionary process. 

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.

Jacqueline Howells

Advisor: Marc Tatar

Metabolic mechanisms of neurodegeneration. 

Corinne Huflitz

Advisor: Marc Tatar

Signal transduction and chromatin modifications in Drosophila melanogaster adult diapause.

Yordano Jimenez

Advisor: Beth Brainerd  

Functional morphology of feeding in fishes.

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.

J.J. Lomax

Advisor: Beth Brainerd  

The biomechanics behind suction feeding in fishes and understanding the functional morphology of dentition in these organisms.

Armita Manafzadeh

Advisor: Stephen Gatesy

Functional morphology, development, and paleontology.

Audrey Massmann

Advisor: Stephen Porder

I am interested in the biogeochemical feedbacks of plant community shifts, especially in tropical rainforests.

Lindsay McCulloch

Advisor: Stephen Porder  

Tropical ecosystem ecology with a specific interest in how nutrients move throughout a system.

Meredith Miles

Advisor: Matthew Fuxjager

Evolution of animal communication systems, working with courtship dance and woodpecker drums.

Nicole Moody

Advisor: Matthew Fuxjager

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

Dave Morgan

Advisor: Dan Weinreich

I am generally interested in molecular evolution and questions on epistasis, enzyme promiscuity, and novelty motivate my research. Current work uses deep mutational scanning to investigate mutational interactions within beta-lactamases.

Kimberly Neil-Cohen

Advisor: David Rand  

Disease ecology, conservation medicine, and wildlife biology.

Joaquin Nunez

Advisor: David Rand  

How natural populations evolve and adapt in highly heterogeneous environments.

David Peede

Advisor: Emilia Huerta-Sanchez

Broadly interested in applying evolutionary theory, patterns of molecular evolution, and population genetics to better understand why Homo sapiens has persisted when its congenerics have not.

Donny Perret

Advisor: Dov Sax  

How species distributions respond to changes in the environment at different scales, with a specific interest in studying the effects of climate change on the edges of a species range.

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.

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

Stephen Rong
Stephen Rong

Advisor: Sohini Ramachandran  

Statistical, computational, and theoretical population genetics, and the evolution of adaptations.

Andrea Rummel

Advisor: Sharon Swartz  

How bats maintain flight performance in the cold from a biomechanical and physiological perspective, and more broadly how muscles of the wing are used during flight.

Amy Rutter

Advisor: Tom Roberts

Functional morphology and biomechanics of vertebrate locomotion.

Sahar Shahamatdar

Advisor: Sohini Ramachandran       

Characterizing signature mutations in cancer genomes, and identifying ancestry-informative markers from population-genomic datasets.

Sam Smith

Advisor: Sohini Ramachandran  

Developing methods for multi-ethnic genome-wide association studies, in particular the way that the same disease can be linked to unique genetic variants in different ethnic groups.

Adam Spierer

Advisor: David Rand

Mitochondrial genetics of exercise and aging, how exercise works to improve mitochondrial function and health, and developing Drosophila into a stronger model for understanding the cellular and systematic effects of chronic exercise.

Morgan Turner

Advisor: Stephen Gatesy  

Paleontology, experimental biology, and visual design; exploring new ways to quantify and visualize foot motion, and measure it in skeletal and track fossils.

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.

Shawn Williams

Advisor: David Rand  

 How the mitochondrial and nuclear genome interact to regulate metabolic function. 

Dafeng Zhang

Advisor: James Kellner

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