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Graduate student directory

Dan Ackerman
Andrea Bailey
Richard Barnes
Kristen Becklund
Evelyn Boardman
Anika Bratt
Adam Clark
John Cossette
Aaron David
Samantha Del Serra
Juan Diaz-Nieto
Danielle Drabeck
Rebecca Ehrlich
George Furey
Noah Gettle
Miriam Gieske
Nicholas Goldsmith
Amanda Gorton
Josie Griffin
Jacob Grossman
Alexander Harkness
Virginia Heinen
 

Andrew Honsey
Tyler Imfeld
Siddharth Iyengar
Sarah Jaumann

Matthew Kaiser
Clare Kazanski
Amy Kendig
Kaitlin Kimmel
Rachel King
Megan Kobiela
Mayank Kohli
Angela Les
Katherine Liu
Benjamin Lowe
Marta Lyons
Rachel Olzer
Meredith Palmer
Melissa Pastore
Timothy Polnaszek
Cristy Portales-Reyes
Rachel Putnam
Maria Rebolleda-Gomez
Tricia Rubi

Dakota Rowsey
Meredith Steck
Carl Stenoien
Evelyn Strombom
Elizabeth Swanger
Jessie Tanner
Jennifer Teshera-Levye
James Tumulty
Pu Wang
Monica Watson
Michael Wells
Lauren White
Laura Williams
Shelby Williams
 

Dan Ackerman (dackerma@umn.edu)
Advisor: 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

Andrea Bailey (baile480@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Craig Packer and Mike Wilson
Research Interests: Sexual Coercion
Study System: Olive Baboons
Degree Held: B.A. Biology, Lewis Clark College, 2005
Year of Entry into Program: 2009

Richard Barnes (rbarnes@umn.edu)
Advisor: Clarence Lehman
Research Interests: Optimal life strategies, game theory, patterns of land-use, hydrologic modeling
Study System: In silico populations, currently
Degrees Held: B.S. Physics/B.A. Philosophy, University of Minnesota, 2011
Year of Entry into Program: 2014

Kristen Becklund (kbeck@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Linda Kinkle and Jennifer Powers
Research Interests: Plant-microbe interactions, tropical forest community ecology
Study System: Tropical forests; antibiotic-producing soil bacteria (Streptomyces)
Degree Held: B.S., University Wisconsin, Madison, 2007
Year of Entry into Program: 2010

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: Mike Wilson
Research Interests:
Study System:
Degree Held: B.A., Carleton College, 2011
Year of Entry into Program: 2014

Aaron David (david250@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Eric Seabloom and Georgiana May
Research Interests: Community assembly
Study System: Fungal endophytes, coastal dunes
Degree Held: BA, Washington University in St Louis, 2009
Year of Entry Into Program: 2010

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

Juan Diaz-Nieto (diaz0154@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Sharon Jansa
Research Interests: Species delimitation and speciation patterns.
Study System: Neotropical mammals.
Degree Held: B.S. Biology, Universidad de Antioquia, 2006
Year of Entry Into Program: 2009

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 Erlich (ehrli068@umn.edu)
Advisor(s):  Marlene Zuk
Research Interests: Evolution of mating systems and mating behavior
Study System:
Degree 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:
Degree 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: Earlham College, BA, 2011
Year of Entry into Program:  2013

Miriam Gieske (gies0107@umn.edu)
Research interests: Ecology and evolution of antagonistic competition
Study system: Streptomyces spp. (soil bacteria)
Degrees held: B.A., Lawrence University, 2007, biology and Spanish; M.S., University of Minnesota, 2013, agronomy
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)
Advisors: 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): Robert Zink
Research Interests:
Study System:
Degree Held: Reed College, BA, 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

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: 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

Tyler Imfeld (imfel001@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Keith Barker and Bob Zink
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: BS and MS (2013) from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, India
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

Matthew Kaiser (kais0101@umn.edu)
Advisor(s):George Heimpel
Research Interests: Biological control, community ecology, introduced species.
Study System: Aphid parasitoids, soybean aphid
Degree Held: B.S., University of Minnesota, 2008
Year of Entry into Program: 2009

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:
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 Technology Institute, 2007
Year of Entry into Program:  2011

Kaitlin Kimmel (kimme099@umn.edu)
Advisor:  Forest Isbell
Research Interests:  Effects of environment and plant physiology on community structure
Study System:
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: Peter Reich
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 & 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: Plan 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

Katherine Liu (liuxx971@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Mike Travisano, 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

Benjamin Lowe (lowe0160@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Ken Kozak
Research Interests: Evolutionary Biology of Reptiles and Amphibians
Study System: Southern Appalachian salamanders
Degrees Held: B.S. Humboldt State University, 2004; M.S. San Diego State University, 2008
Year of Entry into Program: 2008

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

Rachel Olzer
Advisor(s):  Emelie Snell-Rood
Research Interests:  sexual selection and the evolution of color signaling in butterflies
Study System:
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:
Degree Held:  B.A., Pennsylvania State University-Univ Park, 2013; M.S., Villanova Univesity, 2013
Year of Entry into Program:  2015

Timothy Polnaszek (polna005@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Dave Stephens
Research Interests:
Study System:
Degree Held: B.S., North Dakota State University, 2005
Year of Entry into Program: 2009

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

Rachel Putnam (rputnam@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Dave Tilman and Peter Reich
Research Interests: I am interested in factors that shape broad spatial patterns of plant distributions across landscapes as well as community-level processes that determine local presence or absence of plant species. In my thesis research I am examining the relative importance of climate and biotic interactions in limiting the range of sugar maple.
Study System: Forests of the midwestern United States and Canada
Degrees Held: B.A., Carleton College, 2001
Year of Entry into Program: 2006
Additional Links: http://forestecology.cfans.umn.edu/People/putnam/index.htm

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

Tricia Rubi (rubix002@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): David Stephens
Research Interests: Cognitive behavior, learning, decision-making, and information use
Study System: Blue Jays
Degree Held: B.A., University of Colorado, 2008
Year of Entry into Program:  2010

Meredith Steck (steck047@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Emilie Snell-Rood
Research Interests: Insect community ecology, species interactions
Study System: 
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, 2012
Year of Entry into Program:  2015

Elizabeth Swanger (swang009@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Marlene Zuk
Research Interests: Evolution and behavior, sexual selection, variation in female preferences, and mating behavior.
Study System: Pacific field crickets
Degrees Held: B.A./B.S. Indiana University, 2010
Year of Entry into Program: 2012

Jessie Tanner (tanne1232umn.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:  Michael Travisano
Research Interests:  microbiological study on multicellarity
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: 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

Michael Wells (wells306@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Keith Barker
Research Interests: Evolution and behavior, particularly cooperation, cooperative breeding and animal societies
Study System: Neotropical Wrens
Degree Held: B.A., University of Michigan, 2007
Year of Entry into Program: 2009

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:
Study System:
Degrees Held: B.A./B.S., University of Monash, 2007
Year of Entry into Program: 2011

Shelby Williams (will1366@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Clarence Lehman
Research Interests:
Study System:
Degree Held: B.S., University of Minnesota, 2006
Year of Entry into Program: 2011