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Pop Bio Student Directory


The following represents an A - Z listing of Pop Bio students.


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Research Interest

Faculty Mentor

Armstrong, Frances


Marine evolutionary ecology; particularly life history strategies and population connectivity of marine invertebrates.

Rick Grosberg

Brand, Philipp


Evolutionary history and the patterns of selection of olfactory receptor genes of euglossine bees.

Santiago Ramirez and Artyom Kopp

Buffalo, Vicent



Graham Coop

Calfee, Erin


Natural selection within hybrid zones, the evolution of reproductive isolation, and the role of admixture in natural systems; statistical methods.

Graham Coop

Caplins, Serena


The genetic basis of different life histories through comparative transcriptomics/genomics and differential gene expression. Life histories are fascinating due to their influence over evolutionarily relevant processes,i.e., gene flow, effective population size, and fitness.

Rick Grosberg

Christie, Kyle


Evolution of reproductive isolation in Streptanthus (Jewelflower); speciation, local adaptation, and spatial patterns of morphological and genetic variation.

Sharon Strauss

Contino, Colin


Population genomics of Drosophila; genetics of adaptation, population genetics of sex-specific genes.

David Begun

Corn, Katherine


Interested in using phylogenetics and biomechanics to explore fish performance and diversity, with particular focus on the relationship between evolution of functional traits and lineage diversification. Also interested in the role of functional integration and modularity in driving and constraining evolution of morphology.

Peter Wainwright

Cornwell, Brendan


The evolution of host/symbiont interactions in Cnidarians inhabiting the spatially and temporally variable marine intertidal zone. Specifically, the role that each organism plays in allowing the holobiont to persist across a range of environmental conditions.

Rick Grosberg

Decker, Robin


Theoretical ecology; community and landscape ecology, climate change, effects of land-use change and applications in conservation biology.

Alan Hastings

Elwood, Elise


Plant ecology; distribution and causes of spread or decline of invasive and rare species.

Jenny Gremer

Freedman, Micah


Chemical ecology of plant-herbivore interactions, ecology and evolution of floral scent, coevolution, island biogeography.

Sharon Strauss

Gao, Jiansi


Statistical and computational phylogenetic inference with applications to historical biogeography, lineage diversification and various other evolutionary processes.

Brian R. Moore

Ghose, Sonia



Jonathan Eisen

Guizar Amador, Maria Fernanda


Interested in the evolution of secondary metabolism in plants, and how these metabolites may play a role in ecological interactions and plant evolution.

Santiago Ramirez

Hudson, Asher


Behavior, host-pathogen interactions, and conservation.

Brian Johnson

James, Marisano


The visual ecology of Strepsiptera. Arthropod vision. Physiology of vision. Vision in general. Parasites. Evolution, including that of multicellularity.

Jonathan Eisen

Kardish, Melissa


Host-associated microbial communities and their effects on ecological patterns and ecosystem functioning. Specifically using the bacterial communities associated with Zostera marina, eelgrass.

Jay Stachowicz

Kollars, Nicole


Marine community and evolutionary ecology-particularly, plant-herbivore interactions.

Jay Stachowicz

Lee, Kristin


Methods to identify the mode of convergence from population genomic data.

Graham Coop

Longo, Sarah


Patterns and processes underlying the diversity of fishes, including the construction and application of phylogenies.

Peter Wainwright

Luecke, David


Evolutionary modifications of organ growth control and cell type specification.

Artyom Kopp and Graham Coop

Luo, Yige


Sexual dimorphism, pheromone evolution and species diversification in Drosophila.

Artyom Kopp

Lyberger, Kelsey


Feedback loops between evolution and ecology; eco-evolutionary dynamics of Anolis lizards on Caribbean islands.

Thomas Schoener
and Sebastian Schreiber

May, Michael


Method development for phylogenetic inference with applications to historical processes.

Brian R. Moore

McMunn, Marshall


Community ecology, temporal variation in the traits and abundance of organisms on seasonal and diel scales.

Louie Yang

Moore, Jacob


Theoretical ecology applied to issues in conservation, specifically local and spatial scale oyster dynamics

Sebastian Schreiber

Morgan, Victoria


Phylogenetics, connectivity, and the genetic basis of adaptation in marine invertebrates.

Rick Grosberg

O'Brien, Anna


Patterns of species interactions across environmental contexts. Specifically, the role of climate adaptation between plants and root-associated microbes.

Sharon Strauss
and Jeffery Ross-Ibarra

Rhoades, Olvia


Community ecology: How distinct measures of diversity influence complex species interactions and community structure.

Jay Stachowicz

Robinson, Moria


Direct and indirect effects of environmental heterogeneity on plant traits, herbivores, and natural enemies. Specifically, tritrophic ecological networks woods shrubs, caterpillars, and parasitoids across a mosaic of serpentine and non-serpentine soils.

Sharon Strauss

Saleh, Nicholas


Behavioral ecology, genetics, and chemical ecology of social insects and insect mating systems.

Santiago Ramirez

Stitzer, Michelle


Population genetics and evolutionary dynamics of transposable elements and their host genomes (primarily maize and teosinte).

Jeffery Ross-Ibarra

Werner, Chhaya


Plant community ecology: patterns of regrowth after large disturbances, and how regeneration is shaped by competition and climate.

Truman Young and Susan Harrison

Wexler, Judy


Evolution of sexual differentiation pathways in insects.

Artyom Kopp

White, Easton


Theoretical ecology and evolution applied to questions in population dynamics, life history trait evolution, and conservation. I often study beetles, pikas, and sharks.

Alan Hastings

Yair, Sivan


Interested in how hybridization and introgression play a role in adaptation and speciation. Plan to use statistical models to interpret patterns of genetic variation between individuals and populations to understand the evolutionary mechanisms taking place.

Graham Coop