Dynamics of Ecological and Evolutionary Processes Lab is based in 5350 Storer Hall at the Unversity of California, Davis. It is a developing group of people that work on various projects concerning the modeling, analysis, and simulation of ecological and evolutionary processes.
Current DEEP Lab MembersI am actively graduate students recruiting through Population Biology, Ecology, and Applied Mathematics. I also have a few projects for undergraduate research. Contact me if interested.
- Peter Ralph (2009-) Peter is finishing his Ph.D. with Steve Evans at U.C. Berkeley. Peter is a probabilist working on problems in evolution and ecology such as understanding the time to the most recent common ancestor and estimating dispersal kernals. Graham Coop and I are excited that Peter will be joining our labs this coming Fall!
- Graduate Students.
- Nick Fabina (2009-) Nick is finishing his double major in Economics and Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and will be coming to Davis this Fall. In collaboration with Karen Abbott and Tucker Gilman at Madison, Nick was been working on the evolution and ecology of phenology in plant-pollinator-herbivore communities. I am delighted to have Nick joing the lab this Fall.
Past DEEP Members
- Ryusuke Kon (2007-2008) was a COE research fellow from Japan who analyzed the dynamics of host-parasitoid communities and competitive communities with a storage effect.
- Graduate Students
- Will Tarantino (MS 2008, VIMS) was co-advised by Emmett Duffy and myself. He studied the effects of adaptive foraging and community assembly on biodiversity and ecosystem processes.
Past StudentsPrior to coming to UCD, I had the privledge with working the following students:
- Graduate students
- Peter Caldwell (MS 2001, WWU) got a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Washington and is currently a post-doctoral researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
- Daniel Graber (MS 2001, WWU) is a Mathematics Instructor Skagit Valley Community College.
- Chris Killingstad (MS 2002, WWU) is an instructor at Everett Community College
- Bobby Smith (MS 1999, WWU) works at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
- Undergraduate Students
- Evan Saltzman (BS 2008, WM) worked on the evolution of dispersal and is Ph.D. student in OR at GIT.
- Matt Holden (BS 2008, UCD) worked on dispersal in hetergenous environments and is an applied math Ph.D. student at Cornell.
- Adam Carpenter (BS 2008, WM) worked on effects of spatial and temporal heterogeneity on diversity and ecosystem processes.
- Jennifer "Jef" Akst (BS 2004, WM) worked on modeling the evolution of kleptoparasitism and is a Ph.D. in Wade's Lab at University of Indiana.
- Kevin Armstrong (2004) (BS 2004, WM) wrote MatLab code for simulating continuous time Markov chain models of community assembly and is a Ph.D. student in mathematics at University of Maryland.
- Bill Dirks (BS 1999, WWU) did his senior honor project on "Spiking and Oscillation in Neuronal Models" and received a NSF pre-doctoral fellowship in 1999 to attend Cornell as a Ph.D. student in Applied Mathematics.
- Jason Keagy (BS 2003, WM) collaborated with Dan Cristol and myself on the effects of replacing source habitats with sink habitats and is a PhD student at University of Maryland.
- Molly Kelton (BS 2005, Vassar) worked on competition in source-sink environments and is applying for graudate school at San Diego.
- Seth Rittenhouse (BS 2002, WWU) worked on intransititiveis in community assembly and is a Ph.D. student in Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
- Eric Ruggieri (BS 2006, Providence) analyzed the Schoener-Holt-Polis model of intraguild predation and is a Ph.D. student in the applied mathematics program at Brown University.
- Glory Tobiason (BS 2001, WWU) worked on the evolution of consumers competing for two resources, spent two years living on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania, taught math for several years at an alternative high school in Washington DC, and (more to come!)
- Jake Wamsley (BS 2006, WM) studied the effect of spatial heterogeneity on population abundance and persistence and is pursuing a Ph.D. in biochemistry at University of Virginia.
- Melanie Vejdani (BS 2005, WM) analyzed the co-evolution of host-parasitoid interactions in spatially heterogeneous environments.