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Graduate student directory

Lauren Agnew
Maggie Anderson
Jessica Burkhart
John Cossette
Lang DeLancey
George Furey
Josie Griffin

Saumya Gupta
Abby Guthmann
Sarah Hammarlund 
Alexander Harkness
Shanta Hejmadi

Sarah Huebner
Gabriele Ilarde
Tyler Imfeld
Siddharth Iyengar
Lata Kalra
Sean Keogh
Dennis Kim
Elihuruma "Wilson" Kimaro
Kaitlin Kimmel

Rachel King
Mayank Kohli
Mounica Kota
Molly Kuhs
Hongyu Li
Simone Maddox
Anthony Massaro
Geoff Miller
Janine Mistrick
Erin Mittag
Amanda Muehlbauer
Taryn Mueller
Naven Narayanan Venkatanarayanan
Rachel Olzer
Zheng Oong
Rachel Pain
Melissa Pastore
Eduardo Perez Pazos
Cristy Portales-Reyes
Siddhant Pusdekar

Joseph Rabaey
Tom Radomski
Emma Roback
Naomi Rushing
Craig See
Kia Seehafer
Tyler Seidel
Alexander Shephard
Leno Smith
Evelyn Strombom
Jennifer Teshera-Levye
Amy Waananen
Pu Wang
Monica Watson
Samuel Weaver
Megan Wilcots
Sarah Winikoff
Amod Zambre
Max Zaret
Rodrigo Zorrilla Gonzalez

   

Jessica Burkhart (burkh135@umn.edu) 
Advisor(s):  Craig Packer
Research Interests:  Comparative study of neural mechanisms underlying social and other behaviors in lion and large cats
Study System: 
Degree Held:  B.S., Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, University of Arizona
Year of Entry into Program:  2017

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

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

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

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:  Communities of bacteria
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

Shanta Hejmadi (hejma002@umn.edu)
Advisor(s):  Keith Barker
Research Interests:  Evolutionary biology, phylogeny, biogeography, diversificatin and community assembly
Study System:
Degree Held: B.A. Lawrence University
Year of Entry into Program:  2017

Sarah Huebner (huebn090@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Craig Packer 
Research Interests:  Predator-prey-vegetation dynamics, trophic interactions, restoration ecology
Study System: Fenced game reserves in South Africa that have reintroduced African lions and elephants
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: Macroevolutionary patterns of species diversification and morphological trait evolution within and among lineages
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: Grassland community sensitivity to drought and fertilization, Resource limitation in plant communities, Science education and social justice
Study System: Nutrient Network and long term grassland fertilization experiments
Degrees Held: B.S., M.S., Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Pune, India, 2013
Year of Entry into Program: 2014

Elihuruma Wilson Kimaro (kimar001@umn.edu)
Advisor(s):  Mike Wilson
Research Interest:  Human-chimpanzee interactions re: use of medicinal plants and feeding behavior in relation to the value of those plants
Study System: 
Degree Held:  B.S., Wildlife Management, Sokoine University of Ag;  M.S., Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management Nelson Mandela African Institution
Year of Entry into Program:  2017

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

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

 Mounica Kota ( )
Advisor(s):  Marlene Zuk
Research Interests:  Interface between behavior and conservation; sexual selection, ornamentation, and conditions inducing role reversal in birds and insects
Study System:
Degree Held:  B.A., Oglethorpe University
Year of Entry into Program:  2017
 

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

Anthony Massaro (massa060@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Michael Wilson 
Research Interests: Dynamics of cooperation and competition; how variation in cooperative behaviors affects fitness
Study System:  Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes); Gombe National Park, Tanzania
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:  Primate Gut Microbiomes
Degree Held: B.S., University of Minnesota, 2013
Year of Entry into Program: 2016

Rachel Olzer
Advisor(s): Marlene Zuk (olzer001@umn.edu)
Research Interests: How novel traits are maintained and the role of behavior in evolution
Study System: Pacific field cricket (Teleogryllus oceanicus)
Degree Held:  B.S., Arizona State Unviersity-Tempe, 2014
Year of Entry into Program:  2015

Rachel Pain (repain@umn.edu)
Advisor(s):  Jessica Hellmann
Research Interests:  Biodiversity and adaptation in changing landscapes, particularly with respect to climate change
Study System:
Degree Held:  B.A., Biology, St. Olaf College
Year of Entry into Program:  2017

Melissa Pastore (mpastore@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Sarah Hobbie and Peter Reich
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, 2015
Year of Entry into Program:  2015

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

Tom Radomski (radom017@umn.edu)
Advisor:  Ken Kozak
Research Interests: Biogeography and community assembly
Study System:  Salamanders
Degree Held:  B.S., Missouri State University; M.S., Ohio University 
Year of Entry into Program: 2017

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

Kia Seehafer (seeha014@umn.edu)
Advisor(s):  David Stephens
Research Interests: Evolution of social behavior, social structures, communication, and decision-making in vertebrates
Study System: Starlings
Degree Held: B.A., B.S., California State University, Sacramento
Year of Entry into Program:  2017

Alexander Shephard (sheph095@umn.edu)
Advisor(s):  Emilie Snell-Rood
Research Interests:  Life-history evolution, behavior, phenotypic plasticity, adaptationism
Study System:
Degree Held:  B.S., McMaster University; M.S., McMaster University
Year of Entry into Program:  2017

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

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

 Amy Waananen (waana001@umn.edu)
Advisor(s):  Diane Larson, Dan Cariveau
Research Interests:  Consequences of habitat fragmentation, esp. for pollination dynamics; plant population evolution and ecology; landscape connectivity
Study System:  Tallgrass prairie
Degree Held:  B.A., St. Olaf College
Year of Entry into Program:  2017

Pu Wang (wang5922@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Michael Travisano
Research Interests: Microbial experimental evolution on multicellularity
Study System:  Yeast, Ciliate
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, hybridization and differential gene introgression across species boundaries.
Study System:  Cavefish
Degree Held: B.A., St. Olaf College, 2016
Year of Entry into Program:  2016

Sarah Winikoff (wini0019@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Jacques Finlay
Research Interests:  Ecosystem Ecology, Aquatic Ecology, Nutrient Remediation, Management-Based Science
Study System: Geographically Isolated Wetlands, Prairie Pothole Wetlands, Flow-Through Wetlands
Degrees Held: B.A., University of Minnesota-Morris, 2010;  M.S., University of Notre Dame, 2014
Year of Entry into Program: 2014

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