Biology Directory

Current Biology Graduate Students

Alex Adams / Graduate Assistant

Neha Ahuja / Graduate Student

Yu Bai / Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone: (970) 495-2384

Nick Berning / Graduate Assistant

Hayley Bubb / Graduate Assistant

Amanda Cicchino / Graduate Assistant

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.

Edlin Cornejo / Graduate Assistant

Kartik Das / Graduate Assistant

Matt DeSaix / Graduate Assistant

Kimberly Dolphin / Graduate Assistant

I work at the intersection of behavior, evolution, and neuroscience to study how decisions are made between alternative mating strategies in the Trinidadian guppy

Nathan Dorff / Graduate Assistant

I am an aquatic ecologist. I use biota (primarily insects) to look at response to disturbance in stream ecosystems. I am particularly interested in "life below the flow" or invertebrates living in the hyporheic zone.

Rachel Fleming / Graduate Research Assistant

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.

Jess Gray / Graduate Assistant

Olivia Hajek / Graduate Assistant

Ava Haley / Graduate Assistant

Elizabeth Harp / Instructor
Phone: (970) 491-5946

Talia Head / Graduate Assistant

Nikki Huynh / Graduate Assistant

Annie Kellner / Graduate Teaching Assistant

Chris Kopack / Graduate Research Associate

Casey Lee / Graduate Assistant

Peter Leipzig / PhD Student

Dani Lin Hunter / Graduate Assistant

I am a PhD student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology co-advised by Meena Balgopal and Greg Newman. My research focuses on how citizen science projects may or may not result in desired project outcomes.

Mary Linabury / PhD Student

I study pulse/press resource dynamics in grassland plant communities.

Maddie Maher / Research Associate II
Phone: (970) 490-4462

Alex Mauro / Graduate Assistant

Ryan McShane / USGS Water Scientist and PhD Candidate

Chris Miller / Research Associate II
Office: Pathology 202

Sam Ogden / Graduate Assistant

Lauren Olsen / Graduate Assistant

Paige Ostwald / Graduate Assistant

I am a PhD candidate in Cell and Molecular Biology. My research is done in Dr. Garrity's lab where we study embryonic heart development using a zebrafish model.

Lindsay Palmer / Graduate Assistant
Office: VTH

Andrew Paton / Graduate Assistant

First year PhD student in the Graham Peers lab

Charlie Payne / Research Associate Animal Technician

Alison Post / PhD student

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.

Kailee Reed / Graduate Assistant

Porsche Robison / Research Associate Aquatics Technician Lead

Marina Rodriguez / Graduate Assistant

Maggie Ross / Graduate Assistant

Luke Sanders / Graduate Assistant

Alisha Shah / PhD candidate

Emily Stuchiner / Ph.D Candidate

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.

Rick Trippe / Graduate Assistant

Gus Waneka / Graduate Assistant

I am interested in mutation in genomes of endosymbiotic origin (i.e. organelle genomes). Mutation rates in organelle genomes often vary dramatically compared to the mutation rates experienced by the nuclear genome. Understanding what drives this difference is the primary focus of my research.

Jessica Warren / Graduate Assistant

A PhD candidate student in Dr. Dan Sloan's lab studying the effects of mitochondrial gene loss by utilizing new RNA sequencing technologies and a biological system that is undergoing rapid mitochondrial tRNA gene loss.

Alissa Williams / FGT Predoctoral
Office: Biology

Beth Wittmann / Graduate Assistant

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.

DeeDee Wright / Graduate Assistant

After teaching middle and high school science for 25 years, I am taking on a new challenge. I research how teachers use place-based education curriculum to teach ecological concepts.