Current Biology Graduate Students
My current projects investigate the neuroendocrine mechanisms of behavioral plasticity. Using the Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata), I am characterizing changes in neuronal activation to explain how prior experiences and genetic lineages shape behavioral patterns.
I am broadly interested in trait evolution, physiology, and conservation. As a PhD student in the Funk lab, I am part of a diverse team working towards uncovering patterns in vulnerability across elevation gradients in tailed frogs.
Second-year MS student addressing questions about the evolutionary loss of middle ears in amphibians. Previously worked on bio-inspired engineering projects and is now an aspiring functional/quantitative morphologist and biomechanist.
Hello! I am a first year master's student in the PSM program, focusing in zoo management. This summer I will studying the effects of installing a motorized enrichment feeder on giraffe stereotypic behavior at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
Alicia is a Masters student, originally from Beatrice, NE. She graduated with her Bachelors in Environmental Studies, with an emphasis in Biology and Water Science. From 2013-2015, she worked in Paraguay as Peace Corps volunteer, organizing projects in environmental conservation, and from 2017-2020, she worked for the EPA in the Biological and Economic Analysis Division, reviewing pesticide registrations. Now as a student at CSU, her thesis project will focus on studying the recovery of plant communities in the Colorado shortgrass stepp after a four-year extreme drought. Her hobbies include photography, crochet, and collecting musical instruments without actually playing them.
I am from Nectar, AL, and I graduated from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL in May 2019 with a Bachelor's in General Music and a Bachelor's in General Biology. I am now a part of the PSM program here at CSU studying zoo management. I will be completing my project at Denver Zoo working on gathering baseline behavioral data for various species to help better inform the zoo on exhibit design and animal enrichment practices.
I study how grasslands respond to altered precipitation patterns as a result of climate change. Specifically, my research focuses on how more frequent deluges (large rainstorms) will affect ecosystem processes in the shortgrass steppe of Eastern Colorado.
I am interested in biogeochemical nitrogen (N) cycling and the N transformations that generate or consume the potent greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide (N2O). I primarily use stable isotopes to address my research questions, which broadly correspond to better understanding the environmental factors that control microbial N2O emissions.
I am interested in evolution of DNA replication/recombination and repair machinery. I study how these mechanisms drive variation between, and within, the three genomes housed inside plant cells: i.e nuclear, mitochondrial, and plastid genomes.
I am a PhD student in the Garrity Lab whose research centers on diversity, equity, and inclusion in science. I also partner with the Amplify Learning Community at CSU, which is a co-curricular residential community, to support and mentor students with marginalized identities in STEM fields.