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Graduate student directory

Dan Ackerman
Andrea Bailey
Richard Barnes
Kristen Becklund
Evelyn Boardman

Anika Bratt
Adam Clark
John Cossette
Jane Cowles

Aaron David
Samantha Del Serra
Juan Diaz-Nieto
Danielle Drabeck
Max Dresow
Matthew Dufort
William Eddy
Noah Gettle
Miriam Gieske
Nicholas Goldsmith
Amanda Gorton
Josie Griffin
Jacob Grossman
Virginia Heinen
 

Vinnie Hirt
Andrew Honsey
Tyler Imfeld
Siddharth Iyengar
Sarah Jaumann

Matthew Kaiser
Clare Kazanski
Amy Kendig
Rachel King
Megan Kobiela
Mayank Kohli
Katherine Liu
Benjamin Lowe
Marta Lyons
Lisa O'Bryan
Christine O'Connell
Meredith Palmer
Timothy Polnaszek
Rachel Putnam
Maria Rebolleda-Gomez
Charlotte Riggs
Tricia Rubi

Dakota Rowsey
Meredith Steck
Carl Stenoien
Elizabeth Swanger
Jessie Tanner
Jennifer Teshera-Levye
James Tumulty

Marcus Warwell
Monica Watson
Xiaojing Wei
Michael Wells
Lauren White
Laura Williams
Shelby Williams
Peter Wragg
Xiao Yi

Dan Ackerman (dackerma@umn.edu)
Advisor: Jacques Finlay
Reserach 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:
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Degrees Held: B.S./B.A., 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, biology
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

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, biology
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, environmental science & organismic biology
Year of Entry into Program: 2011

John Cossette (cosse009@umn.edu)
Advisor: Mike Wilson
Research Interests:
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Degree Held: B.A., Carleton College, 2011

Jane Cowles (cowl0037@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): David Tilman
Research Interests: Biodiversity, productivity, mechanisms of species coexistence
Study System: North American tallgrass prairie
Degree Held: B.A., Hamilton College, 2010, biology

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, Environmental Studies and Spanish
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, biology
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

Max Dresow (dreso004@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Emilie Snell-Rood
Research Interests:
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Degree Held: B.A. St. Olaf College, 2010
Year of Entry Into Program: 2012

Matthew Dufort (dufor003@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Keith Barker and Ken Kozak
Research Interests: Community ecology, trait evolution, diversification, phylogenetics, geometric morphometrics, behavioral ecology, birds
Study System: Woodpeckers
Degree Held: B.A. Carleton College, 2001, biology
Year of Entry into Program: 2008

William Eddy (eddyi001@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Sarah Hobbie
Research Interests: Microbial Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Ecosystem Ecology, Plant Physiological Ecology, Landscape Ecology -- form a global change perspective
Study System: Terrestrial Ecosystems, especially northern forests.
Degrees Held: B.S., Baldwin-Wallace College, 2002, biology; M.S., University of Michigan, 2006, natural resources and environment terrestrial ecosystem
Year of Entry into Program: 2007

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

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 in Zoology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, 2009; MSc in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, 2011

Josie Griffin (griff804@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Robert Zink
Research Interests:
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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. in Biology and Environmental Studies, Oberlin College, 2008; M.F.R. in International Forestry, University of Washington, 2012
Year of Entry into Program: 2012

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, zoology
Year of Entry into Program: 2011

Vinnie Hirt (hirt0021@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Andrew Simons
Research Interests: Ichthyology, Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Systematics
Study System: Freshwater suckers (Catostomidae)
Degrees Held: B.S. University of North Carolina, 2002, biology; M.S., John Carroll University, 2006, biology
Year of Entry into Program: 2006

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, Biology; M.S., Purdue University, 2014, Forestry and Natural Resources
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, Biology
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, Biology
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
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, EEB
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
Degree Held: B.A. Carleton College, 2007, biology
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, biology
Year of Entry into Program:  2011

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. in Biology, 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
Degrees Held: M.Sc., Wildlife Biology and Conservation, National Center for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India 2012; B.E. Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India 2009

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

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, zoology; M.S. San Diego State University, 2008, evolutionary biology

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, biology
Year of Entry into Program: 2011

Paul Nelson (nels6813@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Georgiana May
Research Interests:
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Degrees Held: B.S., University Illinois, 2006, biology;  M.S., University Illinois, 2008, biology
Year of Entry into Program: 2009

Lisa O'Bryan (obry0017@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Michael Wilson
Research Interests: Animal behavior, acoustic communication, animal cognition
Study System: Chimpanzees, Gombe National Park, Tanzania
Degree Held: BS, Texas A&M University, 2008, zoology
Year of Entry into Program: 2008

Christine O'Connell ( )
Advisor(s): Jon Foley and Steve Polasky
Research Interests: Land use change impacts on ecosystem ecology, ecosystem services, tropical forest ecology, and global agriculture.
Study System: Amazonia
Degree Held: B.S., Stanford University, 2008, environmental science
Year of Entry into Program: 2010
Website: http://envelopescience.wordpress.com/

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

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

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, ecosystem science
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, biology
Year of Entry into Program: 2011

Charlotte Riggs (riggs077@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Sarah Hobbie
Research Interests: Biogeochemistry; ecosystem ecology; plant-soil-microbe interactions; carbon cycling
Study System: Temperate ecosystems
Degree Held: B.A., Wesleyan University, 2008, biology
Year of Entry into Program:  2010

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, Biology
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, ecology and evolution
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

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

Xiaojing Wei (weixx150@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Jeannine Cavender-Bares
Research Interests:
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Degree Held: B.S., China Agricultural University, 2008, biology
Year of Entry into Program: 2009

Marcus Warwell (warw0017@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Ruth Shaw
Research Interests: Ecological genetics, biogeography, adaptive relation between plants and climate
Study System: Conifers
Degrees Held: B.S., Florida A & M University & University of Florida (Joint Degree), 1997, natural resources conservation; M.S., University of Florida, 2002, natural resources conservation
Year of Entry into Program: 2006
Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/rmrs/profiles/?last=Warwell&first=Marcus+V

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, biology
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, biomedical engineering
Year of Entry into Program:  2013

Laura Williams (will3972@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Jeannine Cavender-Bares and Peter Reich
Research Interests:
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Degrees Held: B.A./B.S., University of Monash, 2007, biology
Year of Entry into Program: 2011

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

Peter Wragg (wragg@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): David Tilman
Research Interests: Ecology, evolution and conservation, particularly of grassland plant diversity
Study System: South African mesic grasslands and North American tallgrass prairie
Degrees Held: B.S., University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2006, ecology and conservation biology; B.S., University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2007, biological sciences
Year of Entry into Program: 2008

Xiao Yi (yixxx076@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Antony Dean
Research Interests:
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Degree Held: B.S., Zhongshan University, 2008, biotechnology
Year of Entry into Program: 2008