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Graduate Alumni Directory

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Graduate Alumni Directory

Spring/Summer 2020

Buck Castillo, Ph.D.

Advisors: Knute Nadelhoffer and Timothy James

Siria Gámez, M.S.

Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan

Advisor: Nyeema Harris

Winter 2020

Sara Colom, Ph.D.

Advisor: Regina Baucom

Amy-Charlotte Devitz, M.S.

Ph.D. Student, University of Minnesota

Advisor: Ben Dantzer

Michelle Fearon, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan

Advisor: Elizabeth Tibbetts

Elizabeth Feliciano, M.S.

Advisor: Timothy James

Camden Gowler, Ph.D.

Advisor: Meghan Duffy

Michael Grundler, Ph.D.

Advisor: Daniel Rabosky

Joanna Larson, Ph.D.

Advisor: Daniel Rabosky

Daniel Lyons, Ph.D.

M.D. Student, University of Michigan MSTP

Advisors: Jianzhi Zhang and Adam Lauring

Jillian Myers, Ph.D.

Research Lab Specialist, University of Michigan

Advisor: Timothy James

Khadijah Payne, M.S.

Advisor: Meghan Duffy

Abigail Potts, M.S.

National Forest Foundation Stewardship

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Unraveling the roles of genotype and environment in the expression of plant defense phenotypes

Advisor: Mark Hunter

Lisa Walsh, Ph.D.

Advisor: Priscilla Tucker

Fall 2019

Wesley Bickford, Ph.D.
Pathways Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Plant Invasions and Microbes: The Interactive Effects of Plant-Associated Microbes on Invasiveness of Phragmites australis

Advisors: Deborah Goldberg, Timothy James and Donald Zak

Iris Holmes, Ph.D.

Dissertation on Deep Blue: When Does Gene Flow Stop? A Mechanistic Approach to the Formation of Phylogeographic Breaks in Nature

Advisor: Alison Davis Raboksy

Spring/Summer 2019

Marcella Baiz, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn State University

Dissertation on Deep Blue: The Genetic Architecture of Speciation in a Primate Hybrid Zone

Advisors: Liliana Cortés Ortiz and Priscilla Tucker

Kenzo Esquivel, M.S.
Ph.D. Student, University of California, Berkeley

Advisor: Jacob Allgeier

Beatriz Otero Jimenez, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Stony Brook University

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Rodent Population Connectivity in Coffee Agroecosystems

Advisor: John Vandermeer

Andrew Wood, Ph.D.
Research Technician, Penn State University

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Genetic Drivers of Diversification in the Conus Adaptive Radiation

Advisor: Thomas Duda

Anat Belasen, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University

Dissertation on Deep Blue: The Impacts of Habitat Fragmentation on Amphibian Genetics and Health in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest Biodiversity Hotspot

Advisor: Timothy James

Jonathan Massey, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston Children’s Hospital

Dissertation on Deep Blue: The Function of Pigmentation Genes in the Development and Evolution of Drosophila Mating Behavior

Advisor: Patricia Wittkopp

Briana Sealey, M.S.
Ph.D. Student, University of Texas, Austin

Advisor: Alison Davis Rabosky

Winter 2019

Christian Cely Ortiz, Ph.D.
Current affiliation coming soon

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Natural Variations in Social Behaviors: Phenotypic Consequences and Genetic Differentiation in Paper Wasps

Advisor: Elizabeth Tibbetts

Caroline Parins-Fukuchi, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Developments for the Next Generation of Evolutionary Paleobiology

Advisor: Christopher Dick

Pamela Murillo, Ph.D.
Faculty, Department of Agronomony, University of Costa Rica

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Disentangling Species Boundaries and the Evolution of Habitat Specialization for the Ecologically Diverse Mite Family Acaridae

Advisor: Barry O'Connor

Clara Shaw, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn State University

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Drivers of Epidemic Timing and Size in a Natural Aquatic System

Advisor: Meghan Duffy

Fall 2018

Marian Schmidt, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas, Austin with Dr. Howard Ochman, funded by the Simon's Foundation

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Microhabitats Shape Bacterial Community Composition, Ecosystem Function, and Genome Traits

Advisor: Vincent Denef

Byron Smith, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Katie Pollard, University of California, San Francisco

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Integrated Analysis of the Gut Microbiota and Their Fermentation Products in Mice Treated with the Longevity Enhancing Drug Acarbose

Advisor: Thomas Schmidt

Summer 2018

Stephanie Alcala, M.S.
Sustainability Supervisor, Coffee Manufactory

Advisor: Christopher Dick

Leslie Decker, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Plant Quality Mediates the Response of Disease to Global Environmental Change

Advisor: Mark Hunter

Mariah Kenney, M.S.
Current affiliation coming soon

Advisor: L. Lacey Knowles

Xorla Ocloo, M.S.
Ph.D. Student, Emory University

Advisor: Liliana Cortés Ortiz

Alex Taylor, Ph.D.
Senior Associate in Scientific Communications, Weber Shandwick

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Deep Homology and Evolutionary Tinkering in Origins of Nodulation

Advisor: Yin-Long Qiu

Pascal Title, Ph.D.
Research Fellow, Environmental Resilience Institute, Indiana University

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Species Richness in Time and Space: a Phylogenetic and Geographic Perspective

Advisor: Daniel Rabosky

Cynthia Bick, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Can Oceanic Island Endemic Partulid Tree Snails Survive the Anthropocene?

Advisor: Diarmaid Ó Foighil

Paul Glaum, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Parsing the Particulars of Pollination: Ecological and Anthropogenic Drivers of Plant and Pollinator Dynamics

Advisor: John Vandermeer

Amanda Meier, Ph.D.
USDA-NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Entomology, University of Georgia

Dissertation on Deep Blue: The Influence of Mutualisms Below Ground on Multitrophic Interactions Above Ground

Advisor: Mark Hunter

Jeff Shi, Ph.D.
Scientific Computing Consultant, Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Diversity and Diversification Across the Global Radiation of Extant Bats

Advisor: Daniel Rabosky

Joseph Walker, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Novel Phylogenomic Methods for Uncovering the Evolutionary History of the Hyperdiverse Clade Caryophyllales

Advisor: Stephen Smith

Winter 2018

Katherine Crocker, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health​

Dissertation on Deep Blue: The Past Is Never Dead, It Isn't Even Past: Maternal Environment Affects Multiple Generations of Offspring via Hormone Provisioning

Advisor: Mark Hunter

Imani Russell, M.S.
Ph.D. Student, University of California, Santa Barbra

Advisor: Alison Davis Rabosky

Xinzhu (April) Wei, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Genetic Interactions and Gene-by-Environment Interactions in Evolution

Advisor: Jianzhi Zhang

Jordan Bemmels, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Georgia

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Species Range Shifts in Dynamic Geological and Climatic Landscapes: Studies in Temperate and Tropical Trees

Advisor: Christopher Dick

Teal Harrison, M.S.
Environmental Fellow, University of Michigan, School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) and Erb Family Foundation

Advisor: Diarmaid Ó Foighil

Fall 2017

Shawn Colborn, M.S.
Current affiliation coming soon

Advisor: Nyeema Harris

Paula Matzke, M.S.
Current affiliation coming soon

Advisor: Thomas Duda

Corbin Kuntze, M.S.
Ph.D. Student, University of Wisconsin

Advisor: Nyeema Harris

Summer 2017

Kevin Bakker, Ph.D.
NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Statistics, University of Michigan and University of Chicago

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Uncovering the Mechanisms Governing Childhood Infectious Disease Dynamics

Advisor: Timothy James

Wei-Chin Ho, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Arizona State University

Dissertation on Deep Blue: The Genotype-Phenotype Map: Origins, Properties, and Evolutionary Consequences

Advisor: Jianzhi Zhang

Thomas Jenkinson, Ph.D.
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Population Structure and Evolutionary Ecology of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest

Advisor: Timothy James

Mariana Cecilia Valencia Mestre, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Loyala University Chicago

Advisor: John Vandermeer

Theresa Wei Ying Ong, Ph.D.
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University and University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Biocomplexity: the Autonomous Agroecological Alternative

Advisor: John Vandermeer

Susanna Campbell, M.S.
Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan, EEB

Advisors: Liliana Cortés Ortiz and Benjamin Winger

Chuan Li, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Damon Runyon Fellow, Stanford University

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Quantifying and Understanding Intragenic and Intergenic Epistasis in Yeast

Advisor: Jianzhi Zhang

Tristan McKnight, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, St. Lawrence University

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Ecological Specialization in Predatory Lasiopogon Robber Flies and its Role in Facilitating Diversification and Species Coexistence

Advisor: L. Lacey Knowles

Carlos Muñoz-Ramirez, Ph.D.
Center for Studies on Biodiversity and Sustainable Environments (CIBAS), Catholic University of the Most Holy Conception, Concepción, Chile

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Mismatched Mimics: Insights and Conundrums from the Evolutionary History of Colorful Ground Beetles

Advisor: L. Lacey Knowles

Andréa Thomaz, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia Biodiversity Research Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Riverscape Genetics: Insights Into the Drivers of Divergence in Coastal Brazilian Fishes

Advisor: L. Lacey Knowles

Winter 2017

John Guittar, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Trait-Based Community Assembly in a Changing Climate: Dispersal Dynamics and Ecological Filtering In a Grassland Metacommunity

Advisor: Deborah Goldberg

Kristel Sanchez, M.S.
Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan, EEB

Advisor: Meghan Duffy

Chau Ho, M.S.
Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan, EEB

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Effect of shade trees on microclimate conditions and coffee leaf rust

Advisors: Robyn Burnham and Christopher Dick

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 

Advisor: Annette Ostling

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

Advisor: John Vandermeer

Summer 2016

Delaney Cargo, M.S.
Current affiliation coming soon

Advisor: Liliana Cortés Ortiz

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

Advisors: Thomas Duda and Alison Davis Rabosky

Alison Gould, Ph.D.
Research Fellow, California Academy of Sciences

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

Advisor: Paul Dunlap

Jen-Pan Huang, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Fellow, Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

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

Advisor: L. Lacey Knowles

Ivan Monagan, M.S.
Ph.D. Student, Columbia University

Advisor: Thomas Duda

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

Advisor: John Vandermeer

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

Advisor: Knute Nadelhoffer

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

Advisor: John Vandermeer

Johanna Nifosi, M.S.

Contractor - Ecology, United States Geological Survey

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

Advisor: Mark Hunter

Winter 2016

Taylor Forrest, M.S.

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

Madsen Zimbric, M.S.

Research Lab Specialist, University of Michigan Medical School

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

Advisors: L. Lacey Knowles and Anton Reznicek

Brian Metzger, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Chicago

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

Advisors: Patricia Wittkopp and Jianzhi Zhang

Summer 2015

Buck Castillo, M.S.

Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan, EEB

Advisors: Knute Nadelhoffer and Timothy James

Audra Huffmeyer, M.S.

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

Advisor: Liliana Cortés Ortiz

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

Advisors: Daniel Rabosky and Lauren Sallan

Adrian Melo Carillo, M.S.

Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan, EEB

Advisor: Liliana Cortés Ortiz

Sergio Redondo, M.S.

Ph.D. Student, Stanford University

Advisor: Liliana Cortés Ortiz

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

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

Advisor: Christopher Dick

Aaron Iverson, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University

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

Advisors: John Vandermeer and Robyn Burnham

Micaela Martinez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Columbia University

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

Advisors: Pejman Rohani and Aaron King

Rob Powers, M.S.

Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan, EEB

Advisor: Timothy James

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

Advisor: L. Lacey Knowles

Winter 2015

Holly Andrews, M.S.

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

Advisor: Mark Hunter

Qixin He, Ph.D. 
Postdoctoral Fellow, The 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

Advisor: L. Lacey Knowles

Gordon Fitch, M.S. 

Ph.D. student, University of Michigan, EEB

Advisor: John Vandermeer

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

Advisor: Regina Baucom

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

Jingchun Li, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Curator of Invertebrates, Department of EEB, University of Colorado, Boulder

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Evolutionary Diversification of the Marine Bivalve Clade Galeommatoidea

Clarisse Betancourt Roman, M.S.
Research Lab Specialist, University of Michigan Medical School, Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases

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

Winter 2014

Naim Edwards, M.S.
Director, Michigan State University Detroit Partnership in Food, Learning and Innovation

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.
Current affiliation coming soon
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, Linköping University, Sweden
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. 

Faculty, Bradley University

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

Jasmine Crumsey, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford 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, Arizona State University
Dissertation on Deep Blue:Malaria population dynamics and climate forcing under agricultural development

Edward Baskerville, Ph.D.
Software Developer, Mount Sinai Health Data and Design Innovation Center (HD2i)
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.
Postdoctoral Fellow, American Museum of Natural History, New York
Adjunct Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology Dept., Columbia University
Thesis on Deep Blue: Taxonomic and morphological evaluation of an endemic freshwater gastropod

Diego Alvarado Serrano, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Ohio University
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.
Master's Student, Simon Fraser 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.
Botanist, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Dissertation on Deep Blue:Phylogenetics and morphological evolution of Euphorbia subg. Euphorbia

Fall 2012

Keely Briggs, M.S.

Celia Churchill, Ph.D.
Current affiliation coming soon
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.
Senior Scientist, Merck Research Laboratories, Information and Analytics, Computational Genomics and Genetics
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.
Principal Investigator, 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.
Staff Scientist and Engineer, Eastern Research Group, Lexington, Mass.
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.
Spanish Medical Interpreter, University of Michigan Health System
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.
Curator of Ichthyology, New York State Museum
Dissertation on Deep Blue:Ecological and evolutionary consequences of venom production in catfishes

Winter 2012

Tory Hendry, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Department of Microbiology, 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.
Assistant Professor, Middlebury College (Email)
Dissertation on Deep Blue:Succession and spatial pattern in a Michigan forest

Susanna Messinger, Ph.D.
Data Analyst, Zions Bancorporation
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Space: the final frontier of predator evolution?

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

Ya Yang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Plant Biology and Assistant Curator, College of Biological Sciences, 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.
Associate 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.
Assistant Professor, Calvin College, Department of Biology
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Vertebral anatomy of Remingtonocetidae (Mammalia, Cetacea)

Jess Middlemis-Maher, Ph.D.
Associate Director, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning
Dissertation on Deep Blue:Ecological and evolutionary context of the stress response in Larvcal Anurans

Heidi Liere, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar, Reed College, Department of Biology, Portland, Ore.
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.
Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, School of Biological Sciences
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.
Research Associate, University of Sheffield, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences
Dissertation on Deep Blue: Embracing uncertainty in molecular phylogenetic analysis

Sandra Yap, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines, College of Biology
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.

Current affiliation coming soon

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Evolutionary Systems Biology.

Winter 2009

Heather Adams, Ph.D.
Data Analyst, Gravy Analytics, Washington DC

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Controls on Bacterial Productivity in Arctic Lakes and Streams.

Emily Farrer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Tulane University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Plant-Environment Feedbacks in a Native and Invasive System.

Marielle Newsome, M.S.

Amanda Zellmer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Occidental College, Department of Biology

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences of Population Connectivity in an Amphibian with Local Adaptation

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Biogeography, Ecology, and Evolution of the Endemic Vasular Flora of the Glaciated Greate Lakes Region: A Case STudy of the Solidago Simplex Species Complex.

Spring/Summer 2009

Sarah Cobey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Chicago, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology  

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Ecological and Evolutionary Dynamics of Influenza Viruses.

Akane Uesegi, Ph.D.
Research Fellow, Monash University, School of Biological Sciences

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Tritrophic Investigation of the Evolution of Host Plant Use in an Insect Herbivore: A Case Study with a Leafminer (Amauromyza Flavifrons).

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Movement in the Matrix: Pollination and Dispersal Processes in a Tropical Coffee and Forest Landscape Mosaic.

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: The Role of Primary and Secondary Transmission on the Dynamics of Cholera in Endemic Areas.

Matt Chatfield, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Unity College, School of Biodiversity Conservation 

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Evolutionary Dynamics among Salamanders in the Plethodon glutinosus Group, with an Emphasis on Three Species: P. jordani, P. metcalfi, and P. teyahalee (Caudata: Plethodontidae).

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Evolutionary Trade-Offs: Emergent Constraints and Their Adaptive Consequences.

Tim Connallon, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Monash University, School of Biological Sciences

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Evolutionary Consequences of Sex Linkage and Sex-Specific Selection.

M. Jahi Chappell, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, United Kingdom

From Food Security to Farm to Formicidae: Belo Horizonte, Brazil's Secretaria Municipal de Abastecimento and Biodiversity in the Fragmented Atlantic Rainforest.

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Biogeographic and Evolutionary Mechanisms Driving Diversification in Caribbean Ground Crickets (genus Amphiacusta).

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Origin and Evolution of Mycorrhizal Symbioses in Land Plants.

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

Fall 2008

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: A Systematic Study of North American Freshwater Limpets (Gastropoda: Hygrophila: Ancylidae)

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Pollination and Pollen Limitation in Mayapple (Podophyllum Peltatum L.), A Nectarless Spring Ephemeral.

Ben-Yang Liao, Ph.D.
Investigator, Institute of Population Health Sciences, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Expression Evolution of Mammalian Genes.

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Effects of Dispersal and Insect Herbivory on Seedling Recruitment of Dipteryx Oleifera Benth (Fabaceae) a Tropical Tree.

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Ecological Dynamics of Vector-Borne Diseases in Changing Environments

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Evolution of the Vomeronasal System Viewed through System-Specific Genes.

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Genetic Analysis of the Evolution of Petaloid Bracts in Dogwoods.

Winter 2008

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

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Ecological and Evolutionary Implications for the Conservation of Panamanian Golden Frogs.

Spring/Summer 2007

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Socially-facilitated habitat selection by two migratory forest songbirds.

Rachel Matthews, M.S.

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Mechanisms of Human Gene Evolution.

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Molecular Phylogenetics of Diurnal Birds of Prety in the Avian Accipitridae Family.

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Evolution of Genes Involved in Mammalian Reproduction and Sex Determination.

Fall 2007

Jose Cabrera Schneider, M.S.

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Ectomycorrhizal associations function to maintain tropical monodominance: Studies from Guyana.

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Effects of Behavioral Interaction on Sex Determination in the Midas Cichlid.

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Predation risk assessment and the anti-predator behavioral dynamics of larval anurans.

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Patterns and Consequences of Competition for Pollination between Introduced and Native Species with Different Floral Traits.

Winter 2007

Carrie Beyers, M.S.

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Genomic studies on gene duplication.

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

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Phytoplankton ecology of arctic lakes.

Deborah Huddleston, M.S.

Fall 2006

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: A phylogenetic analysis of the Asian catfish family Sisoridae (Teleostei: Siluriformes), and the evolution of epidermal characters in the group.

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.

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Phylogenetic and biogeographic analyses of Greater Antillean and Middle American Cichidae.

Winter 2006

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Systematics and phylogeography of North American Myotis (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae).

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Total evidence and the evolution of Ophidia (Reptilia: Squamata).

Fall 2005

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: The phylogeny and phylogeography of two false-truffles, Leucophleps spinispora and Hymenogaster sublilacinus, in the Great Basin, United States.

Katia Koelle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Dept. of Biology, Emory University

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Host immunity and climate forcing in cholera dynamics and evolution.

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

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: A biomechanical description of the anuran tadpole startle response and some implications of anatomical diversity.

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Patterns of introgression in the European house mouse hybrid zone: Comparisons among loci and between transects.

Spring/Summer 2005

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Direct, indirect, and interacting effects of overabundant deer and invasive autumn olive on native vegetation.

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Androdioecy in white mangrove Laguncularia racemosa: Maintenance of a rare breeding system through plant -pollinator interactions.

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Oviposition behavior and larval ecology of Culex mosquitoes in southeast Michigan.

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Molecular systematics and the evolution of parasitic associations of dermanyssoid mites (Acari: Dermanyssoidea).

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

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Some aspects of the chemical ecology of the crayfish Orconectes virilis and Orconectes rusticus.

Winter 2005

Shannon McCauley, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Mississauga

Dissertation on Deep Blue: Species distributions in anisopteran odonates: Effects of local and regional processes.