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Winter 2017

John Guittar, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Michigan State University


Fall 2016

Rafael D'Andrea, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dissertation on Deep Blue: From Trait Patterns to Species Lifetimes: Effects of Niche Differentiation on Coexistence and Community Structure 

Sylvie Kademian, M.S.

Current affiliation coming soon




Senay Yitbarek, Ph.D.
NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Population Level Consequences of Spatial Networks: Species Coexistence and Implications for Invasive Species


Summer 2016

Delaney Cargo, M.S.
Current affiliation coming soon

Peter Cerda, M.S.
Ph.D. student, University of Michigan, EEB

Alison Gould, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation on Deep Blue: The Evolutionary Ecology of a Bioluminescent Vertebrate-Microbe Symbiosis

Jen-Pan Huang, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Species Delimitation and Diversification History in Rhinoceros Beetles: How Many and Why So Many Species? 

Ivan Monagan, M.S.
Research Assistant, U-M Museum of Zoology

Chatura Vaidya, M.S.
Ph.D. student, University of Michigan, EEB

Susan Cheng, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Shedding light on photosynthesis: The impacts of atmospheric conditions and plant canopy structure on ecosystem carbon uptake

Zachary Hajian-Forooshani, M.S.
Ph.D. student, University of Michigan, EEB

Johanna Nifosi, M.S.

Current affiliation coming soon

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Effects of Rising Temperature on Interactions between Monarch Butterflies and their Parasites

Winter 2016

Taylor Forrest, M.S.

Research Assistant, University of Michigan Health System, Division of Nuclear Medicine

Madalyn Zimbric, M.S.

Research Laboratory Technician, University of Michigan Health System

Fall 2015

Rob Massatti, Ph.D.
Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey Soutwest Biological Science Center

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Effects of the Dynamic Pleistocene Climate on Plant Evolution: Integrative Tests Across Multiple Spatial and Temporal Scales


Brian Metzger, Ph.D.
University of Chicago, postdoctoral scholar

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Disentangling the Effects of Mutation and Selection on the Evolution of Gene Expression

Summer 2015

Buck Castillo, M.S.

Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan, EEB


Audra Huffmeyer, M.S.

Ph.D. Student, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of EEB

Bryan Juarez, M.S.

Ph.D. Student, Iowa State University, EEB

Thesis on Deep Blue: Ecomorphological change in lobe-finned fishes (Sarcopterygii): disparity and rates

Adrian Melo Carillo, M.S.

Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan, EEB


Sergio Redondo, M.S.

Ph.D. Student, Stanford University


Na Wei, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Gene Dispersal In Tropical Trees: Ecological Processes And Genetic Consequences


Aaron Iverson, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Biological Control, Biodiversity, and Multifunctionality in Coffee Agroecosystems

Micaela Martinez, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University

Dissertation on Deep Blue: The Drivers of Acute Seasonal Infectious Diseases

Rob Powers, M.S.

Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan, EEB

Lucy Tran, Ph.D.

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley (start Jan. 2016)

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Biotic and Abiotic Factors Influencing Diversification of Herbivorous Mammals

Winter 2015

Holly Andrews, M.S.

Ph.D. Student, University of California, Riverside, Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal 

Qixin He, Ph.D. 
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago, Department of Ecology and Evolution

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Inferring Histories of Adaptive Divergence with Gene Flow: Genetic, Demographic and Geographic Effects

Gordon Fitch, M.S. 

Ph.D. student, University of Michigan, EEB

Anneka Jankowiak, M.S.

Michigan State University Teaching Fellow, SET-UPS Program. Currently at Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology, teaching botany and human anatomy/physiology

Fall 2014

Sahar Haghighat, M.S.

Ph.D. student, Michigan State 

University, Department of Forestry

Summer 2014

Nelson Omar Bonilla, M.S.
Ph.D. Student

Lisa Walsh, M.S.
Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan

Clarisse Betancourt Roman, M.S.
Research Assistant at the University of Oregon

Winter 2014

Naim Edwards, M.S.
Outreach and Garden Director voices4Earth

Ben Miller, M.S.
Ph.D. Student, University of Washington
Thesis on Deep Blue: Terrestrial-aquatic transfers of carbon dioxide, methane, and organic carbon...  

Jay Reed, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Examination of the evolution and function of mite pockets in lizards  

Dylan Grippi, M.S.
Consumer Safety Officer, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Lizette Ramirez, M.S. 

Fall 2013

György Barabás, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago
Dissertation on Deep Blue: The robustness of ecological communities: theory and application


Jason Dobkowski, M.S.
Research lab technician, U-M EEB

John Marino, Ph.D. 

Postdoctoral Researcher, Michigan State University, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife; Research Fellow, U-M Department of Statistics

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Interactions between Echinostome Parasites and Larval Anurans across Ecological Contexts and Scales 

Jasmine Crumsey, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Exotic earthworm communities as drivers of soil carbon dynamics in northern temperate forests

Samantha Flowers, M.S.

David Marvin, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution, for Science, Stanford University
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Disentangling the mechanisms and uncovering the scale of the neotropical liana takeover

Spring/Summer 2013

Andres Baeza, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland
Dissertation on Deep Blue:Malaria population dynamics and climate forcing under agricultural development

Edward Baskerville, Ph.D.
Private consultant, part-time research programmer, Cobey Lab, University of Chicago
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Groups and niches in food-web structure: Bayesian methods and consequences for robustness

Huijie Gan, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University
Dissertation on Deep Blue:Oribatid mite communities in soil: structure, function and response to global environmental change

Alex Moore, M.S.
Ph.D. student, Yale University
Thesis on Deep Blue: Taxonomic and morphological evaluation of an endemic freshwater gastropod

Diego Alvarado Serrano, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, City College of New York (Email)
Dissertation on Deep Blue:Exploring the opportunities for divergence in environmentally heterogeneous environments in the tropical Andes

Marcella Baiz, M.S. 
Ph.D. student, U-M EEB
Thesis on Deep Blue: Intragroup genetic relatedness in two howler monkey species

Beatriz Otero Jimenez, M.S.
Ph.D. student, U-M EEB

Brian Sedio, Ph.D.
Earl S. Tupper Postdoctoral Fellowship, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Trait evolution and species coexistence in the hyperdiverse tropical forest tree genus Psychotria

Leiling Tao, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University (Email)
Dissertation on Deep Blue: A tale of two elements: effects of foliar nitrogen and phosphorus stoichiometry on plant-insect interactions 

Winter 2013

Anna Arias, M.S.
Ph.D. student, University of Michigan, School of Education

Allison Injaian, M.S.
Ph.D. student, University of California
Thesis on Deep Blue: Intraspecific variation and development of specialization in Polistes fuscatus, a model system

Brian Dorsey, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Huntington Botanical Gardens
Dissertation on Deep Blue:Phylogenetics and morphological evolution of Euphorbia subg. Euphorbia

Fall 2012

Keely Briggs, M.S.

Celia Churchill, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Marine Science Institute, University of California
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Evolutionary history and global phylogeography of the neuston

Semoya Phillips, M.S.

Kassandra Semrau, M.S.
Oligo Library Product Manager at MYcroarray

Dan Chang, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California (Email)
Dissertation on Deep Blue:Evolution and expression of gene families at the interface of predator-prey interactions

Hyunmin Han, M.S.
Analyst, Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Detroit

Wenfeng Qian, Ph.D.
Group Leader, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Functional evolutionary genomics: Yeast as a model system

Spring/Summer 2012

Cindy Bick, M.S.
Ph.D. student, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan

Doug Jackson, Ph.D.
Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Santa Cruz, California
Dissertation on Deep Blue:Fungal biocontrol in coffee: a case study in agroecology

Iman Sylvain, M.S.
Ph.D. student, University of California, Berkeley

Lucia Luna Wong, Ph.D.
Researcher in Med School Neurology Department., University of Michigan (Email)
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Differentiation on the Akodon mollis species group (Rodentia: Cricetidae: Sigmodontinae) in the Andes of Peru

Rachel Cable, MS
Research Lab Technician, Duhaime Lab, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan

Leslie McGinnis, M.S.
Graduate student, University of California Berkeley, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Alexa Unruh, M.S
Educator, Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Jeremy Wright, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Rochester
Dissertation on Deep Blue:Ecological and evolutionary consequences of venom production in catfishes

Winter 2012

Tory Hendry, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Cornell University
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Genome reduction and evolution in an obligate luminous symbiont

Liz Wason, Ph.D.

Science Writer, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Plants make scents: variation in plant volatile organic chemical emission at multiple scales


Michael Sheehan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University
Dissertation on Deep Blue: The evolution of individual recognition in paper wasps

Fall 2011

David Allen, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Middlebury College (Email)
Dissertation on Deep Blue:Succession and spatial pattern in a Michigan forest

Susanna Messinger, Ph.D.
Gaylord Donnelley Postdoctoral Environmental Fellow, Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Space: the final frontier of predator evolution?

Huateng Huang, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical School, University of Michigan
Dissertation on Deep Blue:Understanding how stochasticity impacts reconstructions of recent species divergent history

Ya Yang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Plant Biology, University of Minnesota
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Phylogenetics of Euphorbia subgenus Chamaesyce

Spring/Summer 2011

Mairin Balisi, M.S.
EEB Ph.D. program, University of California, Los Angeles

Serge Farinas, M.S.

Grants Compliance Manager and Data Analyst, Red Shield Services

Amanda Izzo, Ph.D.
Senior Science Writer, Institute for Disease Modeling, Intellectual Ventures, Seattle, Wash. (Email)
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Spotting the top male: sexual selection in a lek-mating paper wasp, Polistes dominulus

Dana Thomas, M.S.

Meg Bakewell, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Genomic patterns of gene evolution

Elizabeth Haber, M.S.
Ph.D. student, Geosciences Department, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Theresa Ong, M.S.
Ph.D. student, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan
Thesis on Deep Blue: Coexistence in multi-exploiter systems

Rachel Vannette, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis
Dissertation on Deep Blue:Whose phenotype is it anyway?

Winter 2011

Ryan Bebej, Ph.D.
Calvin College: Assistant Professor
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Vertebral anatomy of Remingtonocetidae (Mammalia, Cetacea)

Jess Middlemis-Maher, Ph.D.
Michigan State University: Research Associate 
Dissertation on Deep Blue:Ecological and evolutionary context of the stress response in Larvcal Anurans

Heidi Liere, Ph.D.
Visiting Biology Instructor, Sewanee-The University of the South
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Complex interactions and ecosystem function

Lei Qin, M.S.

Director, Health Economics and Payer Analytics, AstraZeneca

Fall 2010

John Berini, M.S.
Ph.D. Student, University of Minnesota

Clay Cressler, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Queen's University
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Multi-trait Selection and the Evolution of the integrated phenotype

Melissa Brady, M.S.

Kelsey Pressler, M.S.

Contractor, Senior Lab Technician, Dow Chemical

Spring/Summer 2010

Joseph Brown, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Embracing uncertainty in molecular phylogenetic analysis

Sandra Yap, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Phylogeography and demography of common plant species from the Philippine Islands

Winter 2010

Hannah Foster, M.S.
Ph.D student, Harvard University, Burton Lab

Aley Joseph, M.S., M.P.H. 
Graduate Student, University of Michigan School of Public Health 

Rachel Hessler, M.S. 
Ph.D. program, Wayne State University

Zhi Wang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

Winter 2009

Heather Adams, Ph.D.
Freelance Reporter, Pike County Dispatch; Owner, Aetherie Works

Emily Farrer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Tulane University

Marielle Newsome, M.S.

Amanda Zellmer, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Occidental College

Sarah Barbrow, M.S.
Library Systems-Dean's Office, School of Information, University of Michigan

Ken Luzynski, M.S.
Teach for America, Tulsa, Okla., fall 2010

Jess Peirson, Ph.D.
Research Compliance Specialist, University of Michigan Office of Research

Spring/Summer 2009

Sarah Cobey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Ecology and  Evolution, University of Chicago

Akane Uesegi, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University

Shalene Jha, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Texas

Diego Ruiz Moreno, Ph.D.
Professor of Statistics, Univerisidad Nacional Arturo, Argentina

Matt Chatfield, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Tulane University

Eladio Marquez, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Florida State University

Bret Weinstein, Ph.D. 
Professor, Evergreen State College

Tim Connallon, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Monash University

M. Jahi Chappell, Ph.D.
Director, Agroecology and Agriculture Policy, Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy, Minneapolis, Minn.

Elen Oneal, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Biology, Duke University

Bin Wang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Nanjing University

Yan Yancy Lo, M.S.
University of Michigan: School of Public Health

Zach Miller, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Montana State University

Fall 2008

Andrea Walther, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Kalamazoo College

Lauren Yelen, M.S.
Masters Student, SNRE, University of Michigan

Spring/Summer 2008

Leah Boris, M.S. 
River Bend Nature Center, Minn: River Bend Intern Naturalist

James Crants, Ph.D.
Research Associate, University of Minnesota

Ben-Yang Liao, Ph.D.
Assistant Principal Investigator, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwain

Javier Ruiz, Ph.D.
Associate Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University 

Luis Fernando Chaves, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University

Wendy Grus, Ph.D.
Genome Interpretation Scientist, Knome, Inc.

Nicole Maturen, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge University

Winter 2008

Nonyelum Alozie, M.S.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Albion College

Corinne Richards, Ph.D 
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences: University of Pittsburgh

Spring/Summer 2007

Beth Hahn, Ph.D.
Regional Wildlife Ecologist, Forest Service, USDA

Rachel Matthews, M.S.

Xiaoxia Wang, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego

Heather Lerner, Ph.D.
Museum Director and Assistant Professor, Earlham College

Ondrej Podlaha, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University, Boston 

Fall 2007

Jose Cabrera Schneider, M.S.

Krista McGuire, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Barnard College

Ronald Oldfield, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Case Western Reserve

Michael Fraker, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Ohio State University 

Ben Montgomery, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina Upstate

Winter 2007

Carrie Beyers, M.S.

Xionglei He, Ph.D. 
Endowed Professor, Sun Yat-sen University: Guangzhou, Chin

Meghan Shilts, M.S.
Research Associate, Yale University

Mary Anne Evans, Ph.D. 
Research Fellow, University of Michigan-SNRE

Deborah Huddleston, M.S.

Fall 2006

Heok Hee Ng, Ph.D.
Research Associate, National University of Singapore

Yi Cui, M.S.

Spring/Summer 2006

Prosanta Chakrabarty, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor, Curator of Ichthyology
Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Sciences
Baton Rouge, La.

Winter 2006

Tanya Dewey, Ph.D.
Research Program Officer, UMMZ, University of Michigan

Malini Sridharan, M.S.
MBA student, MIT Sloan School of Management

Glenn Fox, Ph.D.
Lecturer III, Div. of Anatomical Sciences, Dept. of Surgery, Univ. of Michigan Medical School

Fall 2005

Steven Albee-Scott, Ph.D. 
Instructor Environmental Sciences, Wilbur L. Dungy Endowed Chair of the Sciences, Jackson Community College 

Katia Koelle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, Duke University

John Whitlock, M.S.
Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan

Laura Eidietis, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Biology, University of Michigan

Kate Teeter, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Northern Michigan University

Spring/Summer 2005

Jacqueline Belle Courteau, Ph.D.
Lecturer III and Academic Advisor, University of Michigan, Program in the Environment

Carol Lynn Landry, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University

Michael H. Reiskind, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University

Ashley Patrick Dowling, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas

Keith Wayne Pecor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, College of New Jersey

Winter 2005

Shannon McCauley, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor, California State Polytechnic University