“It is a great pleasure to welcome this talented and diverse incoming cohort of graduate students to our program,” said EEB Professor and Chair Diarmaid Ó Foighil. “We look forward to seeing them flourish over the coming years.”

The incoming Ph.D. and master’s cohorts, their faculty advisors, research interests and their previous institution follow:

Wesley Bickford; Deborah Goldberg; plant ecology, community ecology, invasive species; University of Maryland College Park.

Buck Castillo; Tim James and Knute Nadelhoffer; ecology of forests, climate change, molecular and chemical ecology; University of Michigan.

Christian Cely Ortiz; Elizabeth Tibbetts; evolution of social behavior; University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.

Sara Colom; Gina Baucom; phylogenetics, statistics, population genetics, microbe-plant interactions, sustainable agriculture; University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez.  

Michelle Fearon; Elizabeth Tibbetts; ecology and evolution of mating behaviors in insects; University of California Davis.

Camden Gowler; Meghan Duffy; disease ecology and evolution, community ecology; Emory University.

Michael Grundler; Daniel Rabosky; macro-evolution, feeding ecology, phylogenetics, reptiles; Cornell University.

Iris Holmes; Daniel Rabosky, Alison Davis Rabosky; amphibian population genetics, adaptive basis and evolutionary implications of organismal distribution; Cornell University.

Jonathan Massey; Trisha Wittkopp; the genetic basis of species differences in morphology and behavior; University of Toronto.

Jillian Myers; Tim James; disease ecology, microbial ecology, bacterial-fungal interactions; James Madison University.

Jacqueline Popma; Knute Nadelhoffer; ecosystem ecology and nitrogen cycling; Radboud University Nijmegan.

Joseph Walker; Stephen Smith; evolution, large phylogenies; Purdue University.

Lisa Walsh; Priscilla Tucker; biodiversity and ecosystems, genetic variability; University of Michigan.

Kathryn Wiles; Melissa Duhaime and Vincent Denef; microbial ecology and evolution; Humboldt State University.

The traditional master’s students include:           

Delaney Cargo; Liliana Cortés Ortiz; population genetics, selective pressures and social systems of primates; Grand Valley State University.

Taylor Forrest; Elizabeth Tibbetts; connections between cognition, memory, and learning to the nervous system and evolutionary mechanisms behind these; University of Michigan.

Zachary Hajian-Forooshani; John Vandermeer; non-native/native mutualisms, plant-insect interactions, microbial symbionts; University of Michigan.

Chatura Vaidya; John Vandermeer; pollinators, agroecosystems, sustainable food systems; Clemson University.

Madalyn Zimbric; L. Lacey Knowles; invertebrate phylogenetics; parasitism; The University of Chicago.

The following are our incoming Frontiers master’s students:

Peter Cerda; Tom Duda; species interactions driving evolution; University of Texas – Pan American.

Nicholas Medina; Tom Duda; how patterns in plant community assemblage govern temperate and tropical forest carbon storage; Brandeis University.

Ivan Monagan; Tom Duda; community ecology, biodiversity conservation, tropical ecology; Virginia State University.

Johanna Nifosi; Tom Duda; plant-insect interactions and conservation; The Metropolitan University.

In the spirit of the broad-based program structure, Frontiers students select their advisors at the beginning of winter term 2015. In the meantime, Duda, the Frontiers program director, is their temporary advisor.    

The 2014 cohort of 23 students is one of the largest EEB has had in recent years. The wide-ranging research interests of EEB’s newest students is evident in the variety of their faculty advisors. An EEB Frontiers master’s alumnus, Castillo, joins the Ph.D. program this year. Walsh, a traditional master’s alumnus, begins EEB’s Ph.D. program.

Read more about the Frontiers cohort in previous EEB web news: Frontiers Master’s 2014 cohort dives in at U-M Biological Station