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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
Katrina Freund
Noah Gettle
Miriam Gieske
Nicholas Goldsmith
Amanda Gorton
Josie Griffin
Jacob Grossman
Virginia Heinen
 

Vinnie Hirt
Andrew Honsey
Sarah Jaumann
Matthew Kaiser
Clare Kazanski
Amy Kendig
Megan Kobiela
Jennifer Levye
Katherine Liu
Benjamin Lowe
Amy Luxbacher
Marta Lyons
Lisa O'Bryan
Christine O'Connell
Meredith Palmer
Timothy Polnaszek
Rachel Putnam
Maria Rebolleda-Gomez
Charlotte Riggs
Tricia Rubi

Meredith Steck
Carl Stenoien
Elizabeth Swanger
Jessie Tanner
James Tumulty
Marcus Warwell
Xiaojing Wei
Michael Wells
Lauren White
Laura Williams
Shelby Williams
Peter Wragg
Xiao Yi

Dan Ackerman (dackerma@umn.edu)
Advisor:  Jacques Finlay
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Degrees 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
Degrees Held: B.A. Biology, Lewis Clark College, 2005
Year of Entry into Program: 2009

Richard Barnes (rbarnes@umn.edu)
Advisor:  Clarence Lehman
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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):  Jennifer Powers
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Degrees Held:  B.S., University Wisconsin, Madison, 2007, biology

Evelyn Boardman
Advisor(s):  Jacques Finlay
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Degree Held:  B.S., University of Vermont, 2013

Anika Bratt (bratt075@umn.edu)
Advisor(s):  Jacques Finlay
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Degree  Held:  B.A. College of St. Catherine, 2010, biology
Year of Entry into Program:  2011

Matthew Burgess (burg0408@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): David Tilman and Stephen Polasky
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Degree Held: B.S., University of Toronto, 2009, ecology specialist
Year of Entry into Program: 2009

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

Katrina Freund (freu0039@umn.edu)
Advisor(s):  Georgiana May and Elizabeth Borer
Research Interests: Community ecology and biodiversity of fungal endophytes
Study System: Fungal endophytes and grasslands
Degree Held:  B.A., Luther College, 2011. biology
Year of Entry into Program:  2011

Maria Gei (geixx001@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Jennifer Powers
Research Interests:   My dissertation research addresses the patterns and controls on nitrogen fixation in tropical dry forests. My goal is to understand how nitrogen-fixing species influence nutrient availability of tropical forests from both an evolutionary and ecological perspective.
Study System: Tropical dry forests of Costa Rica
Degree Held: B.S. in Biology, 2004, Licenciatura in Botany, 2007, Universidad de Costa Rica
Year of Entry into Program: 2008
Website: http://z.umn.edu/magagei

Noah Gettle
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Year of Entry into Program:  2013

Miriam Gieske (gies0107@umn.edu)
Advisor(s):  Linda Kinkel
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Year of Entry into Program:  2013

Nicholas Goldsmith (golds306@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Ruth Shaw
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Degree Held: B.S. Purdue University, 2012
Year of Entry into Program: 2012

Amanda Gorton
Advisor(s):  Peter Tiffin and
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Year of Entry into Program:   2013

Josie Griffin
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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
Degree 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)
Degree 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:  Peter Venturelli
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Year of Entry into Program:  2014

Sarah Jaumann (jauma002@umn.edu)
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Degree Held:  B.S. Colorado State University, 2011, biology, psychology
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
Degrees 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

Megan Kobiela
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Degree Held:  B.S., University of Virginia, 2010; M.S., College of William & Mary, 2013
Year of Entry into Program:  2013

Jennifer Levye
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Degree Held:  B.A., Harvard University, 2011
Year of Entry into Program:  2013

Katherine Liu (liuxx971@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Mike Travisano 
Research Interests: Evolutionary developmental biology, translational medicine, history and philosophy of biology
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Degree 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
Degree Held: B.S. Humboldt State University, 2004, zoology; M.S. San Diego State University, 2008, evolutionary biology

Amy Luxbacher (luxb0001@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Ken Kozak
Research Interests:  Ecological and evolutionary forces creating and maintaining species' ranges
Study System:  Salamanders 
Degrees Held: B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, 2004, zoology; M.A., University of Colorado, 2007, ecology and 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
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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
Advisor(s):  Craig Packer
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Degree Held:  B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, 2011
Year of Entry into Program:  2013

Timothy Polnaszek (polna005@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Dave Stephens
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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

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): Eric Seabloom and Elizabeth Borer
Research Interests: Insect community ecology, species interactions
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Degrees Held: B.A. Bowdoin College, 2009
Year of Entry into Program: 2012

Carl Stenoien (sten0364@umn.edu)
Advisor(s): Karen Oberhauser
Research Interests: Parasitology, behavioral ecology, human impacts, introduced species, bicontrol
Study System: Pteromalus puparum (a parasited wasp) and Danaus plexippus (Monarch butterfly)
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
Degree 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
Degree 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: Behavioral Ecology
Study System: Frogs
Degree 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
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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
Degree 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

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
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Degree Held:  B.S., University of Virginia, 2012
Year of Entry into Program:  2013

Laura Williams (will3972@umn.edu)
Advisor(s):  Jeannine Cavender-Bares and Peter Reich
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Degree 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
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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
Degree 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
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Degree Held: B.S., Zhongshan University, 2008, biotechnology
Year of Entry into Program: 2008