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Graduate student directory

Dan Ackerman
Evelyn Boardman
Anika Bratt
Adam Clark
John Cossette
Caroline Daws
Samantha Del Serra
Danielle Drabeck
Rebecca Ehrlich
George Furey
Noah Gettle
Miriam Gieske
Nicholas Goldsmith
Amanda Gorton
Josie Griffin
Jacob Grossman

Saumya Gupta
Sarah Hammarlund 
Alexander Harkness
Virginia Heinen

Andrew Honsey
Sarah Huebner
 

Tyler Imfeld
Siddharth Iyengar
Sarah Jaumann
Clare Kazanski
Amy Kendig
Kaitlin Kimmel
Rachel King
Megan Kobiela
Mayank Kohli
Angela Les
Hongyu Li
Katherine Liu
Shelby Loberg
Marta Lyons
Anthony Massaro
Erin Mittag
Amanda Muehlbauer
Rachel Olzer
Meredith Palmer
Melissa Pastore
Cristy Portales-Reyes
Maria Rebolleda-Gomez
Dakota Rowsey

Naomi Rushing
Craig See
Meredith Steck
Carl Stenoien
Evelyn Strombom
Jessie Tanner
Jennifer Teshera-Levye
James Tumulty
Pu Wang
Monica Watson
Samuel Weaver
Lauren White
Laura Williams
Amod Zambre
 

Dan Ackerman (dackerma@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Jacques Finlay
Research Interests: Global change, ecosystems ecology, dendrochronology, biogeochemistry
Study System: Dwarf shrubs in Arctic tundra
Degree Held: B.A., Carleton College, 2013
Year of Entry in Program: 2014

Evelyn Boardman (board054@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Jacques Finlay
Research Interests: Watershed biogeochemistry, remote sensing
Study System:
Degree Held: B.S., University of Vermont, 2013
Year of Entry into Program:  2013

Anika Bratt (bratt075@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Jacques Finlay
Research Interests: Aquatic ecology, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling, urban ecology, nutrient limitation, community ecology, biodiversity-ecosystem function
Study System: Urban, Suburban, & Agricultural lakes across MN, Cedar Creek Bog in East Bethel, MN, & The South Fork of the Eel River in northern CA.
Degree Held: B.A., College of St. Catherine, 2010
Year of Entry into Program: 2011

Adam Clark (clar1079@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): David Tilman
Research Interests: Community ecology, succession, old filed dynamics, and myrmecology
Study System: Cedar Creek LTER
Degree Held: A.B., Harvard University, 2011
Year of Entry into Program: 2011

John Cossette (cosse009@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Mike Wilson
Research Interests: Sociality and cooperation, the evolution of multicellularity, and the relationship between individual behavior and group-level fitness
Study System: Soil bacterium Myxococcus xanthus
Degree Held: B.A., Carleton College, 2011
Year of Entry into Program: 2014

Caroline Daws (cdaws@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Peter Kennedy
Research Interests: The role of symbiotic fungal interactions in aboveground/belowground community dynamics and ecosystem function.
Study System:
Degree Held: B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2015
Year of Entry Into Program: 2016

Samantha Del Serra (delse002@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Sharon Jansa
Research Interests: Adaptive radiation, systematics and evolution of mammals
Study System: Malagasy rodents
Degrees Held: M.A., SUNY at Stony Brook, 2013; B.A., Macalester College, 2012
Year of Entry Into Program:  2014

Danielle Drabeck (drabe004@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Sharon Jansa
Research Interests: Evolution of resistance to Venom in Mammals
Study System: South American marsupials/crotalids and African Carnivores, Viperids, and Elapids
Degrees Held: B.S., Tulane University, 2008; M.S., Tulane University, 2010
Year of Entry Into Program: 2012

Rebecca Ehrlich (ehrli068@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Marlene Zuk
Research Interests: Evolution of mating systems and mating behavior
Study System: Insects
Degrees Held:  B.A., B.S., University of California, Davis, 2014
Year of Entry into Program:  2015

George Furey (furey034@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): David Tilman
Research Interests: Biodiversity management in human-dominated landscapes, ecosystem services
Study System: Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
Degrees Held: B.A., Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2011; M.S., University of British Columbia, 2014
Year of Entry into Program:  2015

Noah Gettle (gettl008@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Michael Travisano
Research Interests: Evolution of phenotypic plasticity, evolution of developmental systems, eco-evo interactions
Study System: Brewers yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae)
Degree Held: B.A., Earlham College, 2011
Year of Entry into Program:  2013

Miriam Gieske (gies0107@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Linda Kinkel 
Research interests: Ecology and evolution of antagonistic competition
Study system: Streptomyces spp. (soil bacteria)
Degrees Held: B.A., Lawrence University, 2007; M.S., University of Minnesota, 2013
Year of Entry into Program:  2013

Nicholas Goldsmith (golds306@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Ruth Shaw
Research Interests: Quantitative Genetics, adaptation, global change
Study System: Native Prairie Plants
Degree Held: B.S., Purdue University, 2012
Year of Entry into Program: 2012

Amanda Gorton (gorto019@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Peter Tiffin and David Moeller
Research interests: The scale of local adaptation, populations genetics, urban adaptation
Study system: Common ragweed
Degrees held: BSc, University of Toronto, 2009; MSc, University of Toronto, 2011
Year of Entry into Program:  2013

Josie Griffin (griff804@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Michael Travisano
Research Interests:
Study System:
Degree Held: B.A., Reed College, 2009
Year of Entry into Program:  2013

Jacob Grossman (gross679@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Jeanine Cavender-Bares
Research Interests: Effects of (phylo)genetic, species, and functional diversity on ecological function
Study System: Plant communities
Degrees Held: B.A., Oberlin College, 2008; M.F.R., University of Washington, 2012
Year of Entry into Program: 2012

Saumya Gupta (gupta333@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Mark Bee
Research Interests: The evolution and mechanisms of animal communication and the relationship between the processing of signals in the nervous system to the changes in the behavior of animals. 
Degrees Held: B.S., M.S., Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Mohali, India, 2016 
Year of Entry into Program: 2016 

Sarah Hammarlund (hamma111@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): William Harcombe 
Research Interests: Interactions in microbial communities and the evolution of cross-feeding and other forms of cooperation. 
Study System:
Degree Held: B.S., University of Washington, 2012
Year of Entry into Program: 2016

Alexander Harkness (harkn042@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Emma Goldberg
Research Interests: Population genetics
Study System:
Degree Held:  B.S., University of Washington, 2012
Year of Entry into Program:  2015

Virginia Heinen (heine142@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Dave Stephens
Research Interests: Learning, cognition, signaling, and social information
Study System: Blue jays
Degree Held:  B.S., Michigan State University, 2011
Year of Entry into Program: 2011

Andrew Honsey (honse018@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Paul Venturelli
Research Interests: Fisheries Ecology, Fisheries Management
Study System: Great Lakes region fish populations
Degrees Held: B.S., Hillsdale College, 2012; M.S., Purdue University, 2014
Year of Entry into Program: 2014

Sarah Huebner (huebn090@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Craig Packer 
Research Interests: Community and restoration ecology. 
Study System: Lions
Degree Held: B.A., University of Northern Iowa, 2016
Year of Entry into Program: 2016

Tyler Imfeld (imfel001@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Keith Barker
Research Interests: Impact of environmental factors on rates of speciation and species extinction
Study System: New World songbirds
Degree Held: B.S., Xavier University, 2013
Year of Entry into Program: 2014

Siddharth Iyengar (iyeng029@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Elizabeth Borer and Eric Seabloom
Research Interests: Plant community ecology, ecosystem ecology, plant-pathogen interactions
Study System: C/BYDV viruses and plants they infect, tropical dry forests and grasslands
Degrees Held: B.S., M.S., Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Pune, India, 2013
Year of Entry into Program: 2014

Sarah Jaumann (jauma002@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Emilie Snell-Rood
Research Interests: I study the relationships between evolution and different levels of plasticity, such as developmental and behavioral plasticity. A secondary interest is the evolution of social behavior in stressful environments.
Study System: Insects
Degree Held:  B.S., Colorado State University, 2011
Year of Entry into Program: 2011

Clare Kazanski (ckazansk@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Sarah Hobbie and Peter Reich
Research Interests: Plant-soil interactions, soil carbon and carbon cycling, terrestrial ecosystem response to global change
Study System: Temperate terrestrial systems, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
Degree Held: B.A., Carleton College, 2007
Year of Entry into Program: 2011

Amy Kendig (kend0110@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Eric Seabloom and Elizabeth Borer
Research Interests: Dynamics of multihost pathogen systems, spatially-explicit community interactions
Study System: Barley/cereal yellow dwarf virus and the grasslands it infects
Degree Held: B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2007
Year of Entry into Program:  2011

Kaitlin Kimmel (kimme099@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Forest Isbell and David Tilman 
Research Interests: Effects of environment and plant physiology on community structure
Study System: Grasslands, Cedar Creek LTER 
Degrees Held:  B.S., Albright College, 2013; M.S., St. Joseph's University, 2015
Year of Entry into Program:  2015

Rachel King (king0708@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Peter Reich and Sarah Hobbie
Research Interests: Forest Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology, global change biology
Study System: Boreal Forest
Degrees Held: B.A., Scripps College, 2012
Year of Entry into Program: 2014

Megan Kobiela (kobie003@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Emilie Snell-Rood
Research Interests: Evolution, behavior, anthropogenic change, toxins
Study System: Butterflies
Degrees Held:  B.S., University of Virginia, 2010; M.S., College of William & Mary, 2013
Year of Entry into Program:  2013

Mayank Kohli (kohli027@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Eric Seabloom and Elizabeth Borer
Research Interests: Effects of global changes on plant communities
Study System:
Degrees Held: M.Sc., National Center for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India 2012; B.E., Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India 2009
Year of Entry into Program:  2014

Jennifer Teshera-Levye (levye001@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Jeannine Cavender-Bares
Research Interests: Plant hydraulics and leaf venation architecture
Study System: American Oaks
Degree Held: B.A., Harvard University, 2011
Year of Entry into Program:  2013

Angela Les (lesxx002@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): James Forester
Research Intersts: Species ecological responses to anthropogenic changes
Study Sysem:  Moose
Degree Held:  B.S., University of Connecticut, 2013
Year of Entry into Program:  2015

Hongyu Li (lixx4913@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Mark Bee
Research Interests: Neuroethology; animal behaviors in natural environments and the neural mechanisms behind them. 
Study System: Tree frogs
Degree Held: B.S., Sichuan University, 2016
Year of Entry into Program: 2016

Katherine Liu (liuxx971@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Mike Travisano and Alan Love (Philosophy)
Research Interests: Evolution of complexity; modularity, evolution and development, history and philosophy of biology, cancer biology, translational research, biology and society
Study System: Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Degrees Held: B.S., University of California, Davis, 2007; M.S., Arizona State University, 2010
Year of Entry into Program: 2012

Shelby Loberg (will1366@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Clarence Lehman
Research Interests: Disease ecology; Ecology education
Study System: Ticks and mathematical models
Degree Held: B.S., University of Minnesota, 2006
Year of Entry into Program: 2011

Marta Lyons (lyons179@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Ken Kozak
Research Interests: Evolutionary ecology of geographic range limits
Study System: Montane salamanders
Degree Held: B.A., Carleton College, 2010
Year of Entry into Program: 2011

Anthony Massaro (massa060@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Michael Wilson and David Stephens
Research Interests: Dominance hierarchies and aggression in social mammals. 
Study System: 
Degree Held: B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College, 2016
Year of Entry into Program: 2016

Erin Mittag (mitta062@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Sarah Hobbie, Jacques Finlay
Research Interests: Land use and water quality interactions, urban ecology, biogeochemical processes, and science communication. 
Study System: 
Degree Held: B.A., St. Olaf College, 2012
Year of Entry into Program: 2016

Amanda Muehlbauer (muehl038@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Ran Blekhman
Research Interests: How host genetics interact with the microbiome and how these interactions influence human evolution. 
Study System: 
Degree Held: B.S., University of Minnesota, 2013
Year of Entry into Program: 2016

Rachel Olzer
Advisor(s): Marlene Zuk
Research Interests: Sexual selection and the evolution of color signaling in butterflies
Study System: Pacific field cricket (Teleogryllus oceanicus)
Degree Held:  B.S., Arizona State Unviersity-Tempe, 2014
Year of Entry into Program:  2015

Meredith Palmer (palme516@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Craig Packer
Research Interests: Predator-prey interactions, anti-predator behaviors, landscapes of fear, optimizing foraging trade-offs, heterospecific communication
Study System: Large terrestrial mammalians in savanna ecosystems
Degree Held: B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, 2011
Year of Entry into Program:  2013

Melissa Pastore (mpastore@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Sarah Hobbie
Research Intersts: Ecosystem ecology and global change
Study System: Tall grass prairie, BioCON at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
Degrees Held:  B.A., Pennsylvania State University-Univ Park, 2013; M.S., Villanova University, 2013
Year of Entry into Program:  2015

Cristy Portales-Reyes (porta020@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Forest Isbell
Research Intersts:
Study System:
Degree Held:  B.S., University of Texas, Austin, 2014
Year of Entry into Program:  2015

Maria Rebolleda-Gomez (rebol004@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Michael Travisano
Research Interests: Evolution of complexity and cooperation; multicellularity; cell differentiation; modularity
Study System: Yeast
Degree Held: B.A., National Auto University Mexico, 2010
Year of Entry into Program: 2011

Dakota Rowsey (rowse006@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Sharon Jansa
Research Interests: Morphological Radiation and Speciation
Study System: Philippine Murines
Degree Held: B.S., Pacific Lutheran University, 2014
Year of Entry into Program: 2014

Naomi Rushing (rushi013@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Ruth Shaw
Research Interests: The consequences of translocating plant populations during prairie restoration efforts and the scale of local adaptation of native prairie plant species. 
Study System: 
Degree Held: B.A., Grinnell College, 2002
Year of Entry into Program: 2016

Craig See (crsee@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Sarah Hobbie and Peter Kennedy
Research Interests: The direct and indirect controls of mychorrhizal fungi over forest carbon and nitrogen cycling, and what they mean for sequestration.
Study System: 
Degree Held: B.A., Hamline University, 2009; M.S., SUNY College of Environmental Science, 2013
Year of Entry into Program: 2016

Meredith Steck (steck047@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Emilie Snell-Rood
Research Interests: Search behavior and foraging, ecological specialization, causes and consequences of interindividual differences
Study System: Cabbage white butterfly (Pieris rapae)
Degree Held: B.A., Bowdoin College, 2009
Year of Entry into Program: 2012

Carl Stenoien (sten0364@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Karen Oberhauser
Research Interests: Behavioral and evolutionary ecology, ecological specialization, insect chemical defenses
Study System: Two parasitoid wasps (Pteromalus spp.) and pupae representing variety of potential butterfly host species
Degree Held: B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College, 2011
Year of Entry into Program: 2012

Evelyn Strombom (strom522@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Allison Shaw
Research Interests: Collective animal behavior
Study System:
Degree Held:  B.A., Swarthmore College, 2012
Year of Entry into Program:  2015

Jessie Tanner (tanne123@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Mark Bee
Research Interests: Behavioral ecology, mating systems, female choice and intra-individual variation in female preferences
Study System: Amphibians
Degrees Held: B.S./B.A., University of Oklahoma, 2012
Year of Entry into Program: 2012

James Tumulty (tumul001@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Mark Bee
Research Interests: Animal communication, social recognition, behavioral plasticity and evolution
Study System: Frogs
Degrees Held: B.S., Siena College, 2007; M.S., East Carolina University, 2012
Year of Entry into Program: 2012

Pu Wang (wang5922@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Michael Travisano
Research Interests: Microbiological study on multicellularity
Study System:
Degrees Held: B.S., Ocean University, 2012; M.S., Ocean University, 2015
Year of Entry into Program:  2015

Monica Watson (watso541@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Georgiana May
Research Interests: Evolution of Virulence in Multihost systems
Study Systems: Fungi, plant, insect
Degree Held: B.S., Pennsylvania State University, 2013
Year of Entry in Program:   2014

Samuel Weaver (weave271@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Kenneth Kozak and Suzanne McGaugh
Research Interests: Genetic basis of phenotypic adaptation, ecological and genetic causes of species divergence, hybridization and differential gene introgression across species boundaries.
Study System: 
Degree Held: B.A., St. Olaf College, 2016
Year of Entry into Program:  2016

Lauren White (whit1951@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Meggan Craft and James Forester
Research Interests: Disease ecology, contact networks and individual variability in disease transmission
Study System: Theoretical host-pathogen modeling 
Degree Held:  B.S., University of Virginia, 2012
Year of Entry into Program:  2013

Laura Williams (will3972@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Jeannine Cavender-Bares and Peter Reich
Research Interests: Plant community ecology 
Study System: Tree diversity experiments 
Degrees Held: B.A./B.S., Monash University, 2007
Year of Entry into Program: 2011

Amod Zambre (zambr043@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Emilie Snell-Rood 
Research Interests: Evolution of sexual signals. 
Study System:
Degree Held: BSc, University of Pune, 2010; MSc, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, 2013
Year of Entry into Program: 2016