Graduate Students

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Mohammed Albaqami
Advisor: A.S.N. Reddy
My research interest is to investigate “how are plants respond to abiotic stresses at post-transcriptional levels” especially alternative splicing (AS). Alternative splicing is a post-transcriptional regulatory mechanism that is linked to several developmental processes and ...

Charlotte Alster
Charlotte Alster
Advisor: Joe von Fischer
I am interested in how soil microbial communities cycle nutrients through ecosystems. I am particularly interested in the heterogeneity of these microbial communities, both spatially and temporally, and how they respond to temperature. My goal ...

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Whitney Beck
Advisor: N. LeRoy Poff
I use field experiments and modeling to study benthic algal ecology in freshwater streams. I am interested in the interactions among controlling variables such as nutrients, streamflow, and insects. As an I-WATER IGERT fellow, I ...

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Kathryn Boyd
Advisor: Meena Balgopal
I am a PhD student in Ecology Education and Biology at Colorado State University. I received my MS in Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University in 2011. Since then, I have become interested in science ...

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Paul Brewer
Advisor: Joe von Fischer
I study the connections between soil microbial communities, greenhouse gas dynamics, nutrient cycles, and agricultural practices.  I am especially interested in the ways small-scale soil structures mediate biogeochemical dynamics and how different agricultural practices affect ...

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E Dale Broder
Advisor: Lisa Angeloni
I am investigating the role that behavioral plasticity plays in initial response and subsequent evolution when animals experience new and changing environments. I am also developing and assessing programs that use authentic science to increase scientific ...

Michael A Caballero
Michael Caballero
Advisor: Graham Peers
Diatoms are an important type of algae responsible for one-fifth of global primary productivity. Interestingly, the cellular biochemistry of these algae is quite unique due to a complex evolutionary history. An example of this unique ...

Michael Cantrell
Michael Cantrell
Advisor: Graham Peers
I'm interested in understanding how photosynthesis is regulated in order to improve crops for food and fuel.  In most plants and algae, less than 5% of the light energy absorbed is used for growth. The other ...

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Charles (Jeff) Carroll
Advisor: Alan Knapp and Patrick Martin
Broadly speaking, I am interested in the drought ecophysiology of conifers in montane and subalpine environments. I am investigating potential future range distributions of some of the most common Rocky Mountain trees based on their ecophysiological ...

Francis Chaves
Francis Chaves
Advisor: Melinda Smith
In a broad way, my  interest is the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function, and how important ecological drivers like climate change, can affect this relationsip. In the Smith Lab I am carrying out my ...

James Craven
James Craven
Advisor: ASN Reddy
I am interested in integrating diverse fields of study into plant synthetic biology, particularly for the creation of novel, agriculturally beneficial mutualisms between plants and microbes. 

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Cory Culligan
Advisor: Dr. Reddy
My project centers on the role of RNA alternative splicing and its affect on drought tolerance in the C4 grass cereal crop Sorghum bicolor. 

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Kimberly Dolphin
Advisor: Kim Hoke
I am interested in the intersection of behaviors and their neural mechanisms. I am currently working with the Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata) and comparing behavioral variation between and among ancestral populations and rearing conditions. I am ...

Sam Dunn
Sam Dunn
Advisor: Joe von Fischer
I am a biogeochemist and ecosystem ecologist interested in the production, consumption, and transport of methane and other gasses in streams.  My work takes place in Alpine and Arctic environments.  Please see my personal site ...

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Jacob Edwards
Advisor: Kim Hoke
I'm interested in the evolution and development of biological networks. Networks on scales ranging from gene interactions to trophic webs exhibit emergent properties that are better understood by their underlying patterns of interactions, independent of the components ...

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Margaret Fleming
Advisor: Pat Bedinger
I am studying how to make it easier to covert plant cell walls into biofuel. My approach is to look at structural proteins found in the plant cell wall (extensins) to see whether their presence ...

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Michael Friedman
Advisor: Dr. Daniel R. Bush
Hey! I am currently involved in plant molecular biology research with the Bush Lab. My primary focus is on analysis of rice mutants that could potentially impact the field of bioenergy technology. :)

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Nathan Galloway
Advisor: Antolin
I apply my skills in molecular biology and statistical modeling to questions of wildlife disease. As a PhD candidate in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, I am currently working on an interdisciplinary project examining the effects of ...

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Maybellene P Gamboa
Advisor: Cameron Ghalambor, Chris Funk
I am interested in understanding the mechanisms that underlie adaptive variation in natural populations. Specifically, I am looking at how gene flow and and selection influence local adaptation in populations of Song Sparrows in the Channel ...

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Brian Gill
Advisor: W. Chris Funk
I am a PhD candidate studying the systematics and distributions of aquatic insects in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and the Ecuadorian Andes as part of the EVOTRAC project (http://www.eeb.cornell.edu/evotrac/Welcome.html).  The goal of my research is to ...

Benjamin Golas
Benjamin Golas
Advisor: Colleen Webb
I am primarily interested in studying wildlife disease ecology in a way that will benefit management and prevention of disease outbreaks. I utilize statistical modeling to guide field work that will help elucidate the relationships ...

Jesse Gray
Jesse Gray
Advisor: Melinda Smith
I am interested in the interaction of genotypic diversity and species diversity. To explore this, I am working with two dominant C4 grasses of the Great Plains, Andropogon gerardii and Sorghastrum nutans. Using genetic markers, ...

Carolina Gutierrez
Carolina Gutierrez
Advisor: N. LeRoy Poff
I am a Biologist from Colombia doing my PhD in the GDPE Program at CSU in the Stream Ecology Lab with Dr. LeRoy Poff.  I am interested in studying  ecological traits in stream communities, particularly ...

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Corey Handelsman
Advisor: Cameron Ghalambor

Liz Harp
Elizabeth Harp
Advisor: Michael Antolin
I am broadly interested in wildlife disease ecology as it relates to biological conservation. I am currently investigating genetic diversity in an immune-system gene, MHC-DRB1, in black-tailed prairie dogs.

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jilin he
Advisor: Donald Mykles
I am working with crabs. 

Ashley Heim
Ashley Heim
Advisor: Greg Florant (Biology) and Adam Chicco (BMS)
Broadly, my research focuses on the physiological mechanisms that influence certain processes and behaviors in mammals. Specifically, I am interested in how mitochondrial function changes seasonally in hibernating mammals such as the golden-mantled ground squirrel, ...

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Ava Hoffman
Advisor: Melinda Smith
My current research goal is to answer the question, “how does genetic diversity within species contribute to stress resistance and ecosystem function?” Most recently, my interests have taken me to the tallgrass prairies of eastern ...

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Keziah Katz
Advisor: Dhruba Naug
My general research focus is behavioral ecology. I use experimental manipulations to understand underling concepts of behavior. Currently, I'm studying the effects of nutritional stress on the foraging behavior of honey bees on the individual ...

Annie Kellner
Annie Kellner
Advisor: Michael F. Antolin
I am a Master's student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. I am generally interested in anthropogenic impacts on wildlife and applied conservation science. My current research evaluates cross-species pathogen transmission between domestic and wild ...

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Gretchen Kroh
Advisor: Marinus Pilon
Iron is essential to the photosynthetic electron transport chain and in sequestering reactive oxygen species in the cell. Therefore, plants must economize their iron under iron deficiency. I study how plants sense their iron status at ...

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John Kronenberger
Advisor: Lisa Angeloni and Chris Funk
I am currently studying the effects of gene flow between divergent populations of Trinidadian guppies on population fitness.

Clint Leach
Clinton Leach
Advisor: Colleen Webb
I am broadly interested in ecological networks and their application in the study of both food webs and the spread of disease. In both of these contexts, I am interested in developing mechanistic models that ...

Peter Leipzig-Scott
Peter Leipzig-Scott
Advisor: Meena Balgopal

Alejandro Lopez-Ceron
Alejandro Lopez-Ceron
Advisor: Dr. Donald Mykles
I am a Marine Biologist from Colombia studying my PhD in Zoology and working with Dr. Donald Mykles at Crab Lab. I have acquired a significant knowledge about zooplankton of lotic ecosystems and marine zooplankton ...

Craig Marshall
Craig Marshall
Advisor: Cameron Ghalambor
I am interested in the ecological and physiological processes that influence species distributions. Specifically, I am investigating the role of salinity tolerance and competitive ability in shaping geographic range limits in three species of poeciliid ...

Lindsay Martin
Lindsay Martin
Advisor: Donald L. Mykles
My research focuses on variation in gene expression based on different molt stages in Gecarcinus lateralis.  I use transcriptomics and genomics to answer my question: How does the molting gland change as G. lateralis progresses through the molt ...

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Clifton McKee
Advisor: Colleen Webb
I am a disease ecologist interested in the ways that host and vector ecology affect infection dynamics and parasite diversification, with a particular focus on bacteria in bats.

Ryan McShane
Ryan McShane
Advisor: LeRoy Poff
I am a PhD candidate in the stream ecology lab of Dr. Leroy Poff. My dissertation research focuses on predicting how changes in climate, land use and water management may, and can be used to, ...

Ryan S. Miller
Ryan S. Miller
Advisor: Colleen Webb
I am a senior analyst and ecologist with United States Department of Agriculture Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health. I am broadly interested in landscape ecology, with special interests in disease ecology and conservation biology. ...

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Scott Morton
Advisor: LeRoy Poff
I am investigating the role of temperature on community structure and function in freshwater ecosystems. More specifically, I employ field and lab methods to understand the mechanisms controlling trophic cascades for macroinvertebrate communities, in the ...

Megan
Megan Mudron
Advisor: Donald L. Mykles
I am working on the gene regulation over the course of the molt cycle in Gecarcinus lateralis (the blackback land crab) and Carcinus maenas (the green shore crab). Specifically, I am interesting in learning about how ...

Natalie Pitts
Natalie Pitts
Advisor: Donald L. Mykles
I am interesting in understanding the molecular mechanisms that control molting in decapod crustaceans.  Molting in decapod crustaceans is negatively regulated by a neuropeptide, molt inhibiting hormone (MIH).  MIH is synthesized and released by a ...

Alison Post
Alison Post
Advisor: Alan Knapp
I study how grassland ecosystems, particularly prairie grasses, are responding to climate change. I am especially interested in how the dominant grass species respond to longer and more intense drought conditions.

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Keith Post
Advisor: Diana Wall
My research investigates the effects of grasshopper herbivory and drought on soil animal communities in the shortgrass prairie. 

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Mónica Páez
Advisor: Chris Funk
I aim to elucidate the processes that promote and maintain the exceptional biodiversity of tropical mountains. I focus on the effects of ecological differences along elevational gradients on evolutionary processes in natural populations of amphibians. ...

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Abbie Reade
Advisor: Dhruba Naug
Using the honeybee as a model organism, I am investigating the influence of inter-individual variation in nutritional requirements on the stability, health, and performance of groups of social animals.

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Jason Reynolds
Advisor: Elizabeth Pilon-Smits
I work on the ecology and evolution of Se hyperaccumulators.

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Alisha Shah
Advisor: Cameron Ghalambor (co-advisor: Chris Funk)
I am interested in how physiological limits affect the distribution of organisms, constrain their function, and mediate their response to a changing environment. Specifically, I study the thermal physiology of aquatic insects along elevation (mountains) and ...

Ashley
E. Ashley Shaw
Advisor: Diana Wall
I am interested in soils and their amazing biology. More specifically, I am studying food web structure and function in the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica. Though few species inhabit this harsh environment, the different ...

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Luke Tembrock
Advisor: Mark P. Simmons
I am interested in the evolution of plants that are cultivated by humans, and in particular the genetic changes that take place in these plants as humans move them from their wild centers of origin. ...

Molly Womack
Molly Womack
Advisor: Kim Hoke
I am interested in the evolution of similar traits evolving in different organisms for reasons besides shared ancestry (homoplasy). The variation that is available for selection to act on has long thought to be "biased" ...

Molly Zeller
Molly Zeller
Advisor: Deborah Garrity