Graduate Students

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Alexander Adams
Advisor: Dr. Rachel Mueller
I am a first year PhD student starting out in Biological Sciences

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Neha Ahuja
Advisor: Dr. Garrity
I work on understanding how biomechanical forces effect cardiac development using zebrafish as a model organism.

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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 ...

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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 herbivores, nutrients, and streamflow. As an I-WATER IGERT fellow, I ...

Vanessa Bentley
Vanessa Bentley
Advisor: Dr. Donald Mykles
This will be my first year as a Ph.D. student in the Mykles lab in the Biological Sciences! I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology and a double minor in Chemistry and Spanish from ...

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Brooke Berger
Advisor: Colleen Webb
As a disease ecologist, I see myself at the interface of empirical data collection and data analysis where I can broaden general ecological knowledge and inform strategies to manage disease outbreaks and conserve wildlife populations. ...

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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 ...

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 ...

Jeff Carroll
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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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 ...

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Rachel Fleming
Advisor: Kim Hoke
I am a first-year Masters student exploring the evolutionary loss of middle ear structures in toads.

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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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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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Elle Gawronska
Advisor: Don Mykles
I am interested in determining the optimal conditions for aquaculture breeding and sustainability for Neocaridina denticulata (cherry shrimp). As well as, observing and documenting the embryonic development stages and life cycle stages of N. denticulata. Lastly, I hope ...

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 ...

Bennett Hardy
Bennett Hardy
Advisor: Larissa Bailey and Chris Funk
My research interests broadly center on the ecology and conservation of reptiles and amphibians. I have spent most of my early career focusing on montane frog conservation by studying the disease ecology and conservation genomics ...

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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Michael Itgen
Advisor: Rachel Mueller
My research focuses on the evolution of genome size, and the consequences of large genomes on phenotype in salamanders.

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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Christopher Kopack
Advisor: Lisa Angeloni
I am interested in the effects of environmental variability in shaping antipredator behaviors of fishes. More specifically, I am interested in how artificial propagation influences the evolution and expression of these traits, and how this ...

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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 use Trinidadian guppies to study the effects of divergent immigrants on population fitness.

Ashley Larson
Ashley Larson
Advisor: Shane Kanatous
I am studying the physiology of diving mammals by investigating in vitro myoglobin expression. Overall, I'm interested in how diet can affect diving performance.

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

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Leonardo Lima
Advisor: Elizabeth Pilon-Smits
I am a Brazilian Biologist interested in understanding the physiological mechanisms that underlie the Selenium hyperaccumulation in plants. I am especially interested in how the Stanleya pinnata (Brassicaceae) is able to distinguish Selenate (Se) from Sulfate and ...

Diego Alejandro López-Cerón
Diego Alejandro López-Cerón
Advisor: Donald L. Mykles
I am a Marine Biologist from Colombia studying a Ph.D. in Zoology and working with Dr. Donald Mykles in the Crab Lab. I have acquired a significant knowledge about zooplankton of lotic ecosystems and marine ...

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Madeline Maher
Advisor: Mark Simmons
I am conducting a floristic inventory on private and BLM land in Gunnison County, Colorado. Current projects also include developing a program to correct errors in multiple sequence alignments, and a tool to help field ...

David Markman
David Markman
Advisor: Michael Antolin
David is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biology at Colorado State University focusing on Biosecurity and Infectious Disease. In Spring 2019 he will start as an Associate Consultant at McKinsey & Co. in ...

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 of poeciliid fishes located on ...

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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Debbie McCuen
Advisor: Mike Antolin and Mike Miller (CPW)
I am evaluating oral plague vaccines and maternal antibody transfer in black-footed ferrets. This is a collaborative effort between Colorado Parks and Wildlife, USFWS National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center, and CSU. I hope to find ...

Clif McKee
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 hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey WY-MT Water Science Center and a PhD candidate in the stream ecology lab of Dr. Leroy Poff. My dissertation research focuses on predicting how changes in ...

Scott Melander
Scott Melander
Advisor: Rachel Mueller
I'm a M.S. in the department. Currently, my research is looking for patterns in salamander hybridization.

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Dominique Montano
Advisor: Dominique Montano
I am interested in studying the influence of environmental and nutritional factors on the physiology of animals that live in the harshest environments. I have a vested interest in big cats, from the snow leopards ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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Kailee Reed
Advisor: Tai Montgomery

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

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Nada Rifai
Advisor: Dr. Donald Mykles
I am currently a Ph.D. student in Dr. Mykles lab. I am interested in and working on a group of enzymes called phosphodiesterases that might have an effect on the molt cycle in decapod crustaceans ...

Emma Schlatter
Emma Schlatter
Advisor: Colleen Webb
I am broadly curious about the ways math can be used as a tool by ecologists. I’m also exploring interests in evolutionary and marine ecology. Currently I’m working on modeling the evolution of dispersal-related traits ...

Emily Stuchiner
Emily Stuchiner
Advisor: Joe von Fischer
I study the effect of atmospheric nitrogen (N) deposition on plants, soil, and microbial communities in mountainous ecosystems here in Colorado. I use isotopomers of nitrous oxide (N2O) to discern among  microbial N transformations, to ...

Gus Waneka
Gus Waneka
Advisor: Dan Sloan
I am a new PhD student in the biology department working to understand the molecular evolution of endosymbiosis. Currently, I am interested in understanding the mechanisms driving gene retention in plastids and how genetic information ...

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Jessica Warren
Advisor: Dan Sloan
Third year P.h.D student in Dr. Dan Sloan's lab studying the effects of mitochondrial tRNA gene loss.

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Miles Whedbee
Advisor: Kim Hoke
Influence of Transcriptome Variance on Establishment and Maintenance of Behavioral Diversity in Trinidadian Guppies My research focuses on discovery and characterization of transciptomic variation underlying behavioral differences in Trinidadian guppies (Poecilia reticulata), due to rearing ...

Alissa Williams
Alissa Williams
Advisor: Dan Sloan
I study interactions between the nuclear and chloroplast genomes. Specifically, I'm working on a chloroplast protease called CLP, which is composed of one chloroplast-encoded and multiple nuclear-encoded subunits. We are interested in how extreme changes in ...