current Graduate Students

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Mira Abrecht

Advisor: David Jacobs
Office: 2162 Terasaki Life Science Building (TLSB)
Research: Environmental DNA, genomics of estuarine fish

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Katie Adler

Advisor: Dan Blumstein
Research: Behavior, conservation, human-wildlife interactions

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Ary Amaya

Advisor: Elsa Ordway
Office: 4th Floor Botany
Research: Indigenous ecological management and monitoring of urban ecosystem dynamics using remote sensing technologies

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Wilmer Amaya-Mejia

Advisor: Pamela Yeh
Office: 2nd floor Botany
Research: Urbanization of dark-eyed juncos and their diseases.

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Ioana Anghel

Advisor: Felipe Zapata
Research: Evolution of species and floral scent in the flowering plant genus Linanthus

Berenice Badillo

Advisor: Victoria Sork
Office: 4140 Terasaki Life Science Building (TLSB)
Phone: 310-794-1431
Research: Local adaptation and phenotypic plasticity of trees in response to climate change, conservation biology

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Taylor Bastian

Advisor: Dan Blumstein
Phone: (150)960-7760
Research: Environmental impacts on social structure and fitness

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Austin Betancourt

Advisor: Paul Barber
Office: 2140 Terasaki Life Science Building (TLSB)
Research: Conservation henomics/marine ecology and evolution

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Kobie Boslough

Advisor: Karen Sears
Office: 2162 Terasaki Life Science Building (TLSB)
Research: Mechanisms of aging and development, behavioral ecology, host-pathogen coevolution in bats

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Madeline Cowen

Advisor: Priyanga Amarasekare & Pamela Yeh
Research: I study how bird populations respond to climate change using mathematical models.

Joseph Curti

Advisor: Robert Wayne and Bradley Shaffer
Office: 4153 Terasaki Life Science Building (TLSB)
Research: Application of whole-genome sequencing to California conservation management in California quail (Callipepla californica), California red-legged frogs (Rana draytonii), and Yuma myotis bats (Myotis yumanensis).

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Morgan Dean

Advisor: Elsa Ordway
Research: Tropical forest structure

Carissa DeRanek

Advisor: Elsa Ordway
Research: Diversity-stability relationships across California ecosystems

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Joseph Di Liberto

Advisor: Dr. Pamela Yeh
Office: 2nd Floor Botany
Research: Urban Ecology, Animal Behavior, Integrative Biology, Conservation, Ornithology

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Eleanor (Ellie) Diamant

Advisor: Pamela Yeh
Office: 2nd Floor Botany
Research: How bird populations respond to strong anthropogenic change

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Evan Doughty

Advisor: Jonathan Marcot and Blaire Van Valkenburgh
Office: 310 Botany
Phone: 310-825-4669
Research: Using functional traits (e.g., body mass) to discern relationships between the large mammalian herbivore and predator guilds and how those relationships change alongside the climatic and vegetative transitions of the North American Cenozoic (66 Ma-present)

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Tanner Dulay

Advisor: Priyanga Amarasekare
Office: 660 Boyer
Research: Emergence of community structure in ecological interactions, particularly mutualisms

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S. Madigan Durham

Advisor: Molly Fox
Research: Understanding human health from an evolutionary perspective, in particular thinking about life history and the impact of epigenetics.

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Janine Fischer

Advisor: Gregory Grether and Debra Shier
Office: 4329 Life Science Building (LSB)
Research: How interspecific competition affects species coexistence and the conservation of threatened and endangered species

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John Amiel Flores

Advisor: Paul Barber
Research: Investigating the potential of organism transport on problematic macroalgal mats using metabarcoding techniques

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Ashlyn Ford

Advisor: Peggy Fong
Office: 4100 Life Science Building (LSB)
Research: Assessing the health of tropical reef communities and evaluating how infectious diseases are impacting these communities

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Cynthia Frausto

Advisor: Peter Nonacs

Sara Freimuth

Advisor: Pamela Yeh
Office: 2nd Floor La Kretz Botany Building
Research: urban ecology, evolution, gut microbiome, science communication

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Kaija Gahm

Advisor: Noa Pinter-Wollman
Office: 3rd Floor Botany
Research: Movement ecology and social behavior of vultures; open science, open code, and computational reproducibility

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Alejandra Gamboa

Advisor: Noa Pinter-Wollman
Research: Reciprocal relationships between host behavior and the microbiome

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Lauren Glevanik

Advisor: Nathan Kraft
Office: 4th Floor Botany
Research: Traits that affect seed dispersal, community assembly, and patterns of biodiversity and coexistence in Californian grasslands

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Jesse Gomez

Advisor: Dr. Lawren Sack
Office: 4th Floor Botany
Research: Plant physiology, Phloem transport, and the impacts of phloem on xylem function.

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Katya Gonzalez

Advisor: Michael Alfaro
Office: Terasaki Life Science Building (TLSB)
Research: Broadly interested in evolutionary biology, currently focused on human exceptionalism through comparative studies

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Shalanda Grier

Advisor: Peggy Fong
Research: Anthropogenic Stress, Resilience, Species Interactions, Coral Reefs

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Katie Hannibal

Advisor: Peggy Fong
Phone: 818-942-4269
Research: Anthropogenic effects on nearshore marine ecosystems, specifically how algal interactions influence community structure

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Kenji Hayashi

Advisor: Nathan Kraft
Office: 410 Botany
Phone: 310-825-4967
Research: Consequences of competitive interactions in spatially heterogeneous environments for plant species distributions and coexistence

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Madison Hopkins

Advisor: Greg Grether
Office: 4329 Life Science Building (LSB)
Research: Interspecific interactions, theory and modeling, evolution of interspecific territoriality

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Aidan Howenstine

Advisor: Karen Sears
Office: TSLB 2162
Research: The role of gene network architecture in biasing the development of phenotypic variation

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Christiane Jacquemetton

Advisor: Blaire Van Valkenburgh
Office: 2162 Terasaki Life Science Building (TLSB)
Research: Morphology and variation across Canidae

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Mark Juhn

Advisor: Michael Alfaro and Blaire Van Valkenburgh
Office: 3rd Floor Botany
Research: Carnivora macroevolution and tanager color evolution

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Elizabeth Karan

Advisor: Michael Alfaro
Office: 2154 Terasaki Life Science Building (TLSB)
Phone: 310-206-2240
Research: Reef fish color pattern evolution , macroevolution, evolutionary ecology

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Nurit Katz

Advisor: Dan Blumstein
Phone: 818-384-9493
Research: Urban ecology

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Peter Laurin

Advisor: Nandita Garud
Office: 4114 Life Science Building (LSB)
Research: Population genetics, adaptation, life history, bacteria, microbiomes

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Onny Nurrahman Marwayana

Advisor: Paul Barber
Office: Barber Lab
Phone: 310-889-4552
Research: Environmental DNA (eDNA), Marine Biology, Zoology, Marine Ecology, Molecular Ecology, Ecology, Aquatic Community.

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Alin Mazmanian

Advisor: Barbara Natterson-Horowitz
Research: Evolutionary medicine, mental health, comparative physiology

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Rosa McGuire

Advisor: Priyanga Amarasekare
Office: 660 Boyer
Research: Temperature effects on population dynamics and species interactions

Graham Montgomery

Advisor: Morgan Tingley
Research: Insect declines & their impacts on insectivorous bird populations, ecological monitoring, and evidence synthesis

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Sean O'Fallon

Advisor: Noa Pinter-Wollman
Research: Ecological and evolutionary relationship between nest architecture and collective behavior, considering the spatial structure of the nest as an extended phenotype of the ant colony

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Marissa Ochoa

Advisor: Lawren Sack and Victoria Sork
Research: California oak physiology and drought tolerance

Anna Jiselle Ongjoco

Advisor: Dr. Elsa Ordway
Office: 4th Floor Botany
Research: Plant ecophysiology, global change

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Rosamari Orduña

Advisor: Michael Alfaro
Research: Fish genomics, ecology and evolution

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Xochitl Ortiz Ross

Advisor: Dan Blumstein
Office: 4802 Life Science Building (LSB)
Research: Long-term fitness consequences of early-life adversity in yellow-bellied marmots

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Eliseo Parra

Advisor: Dan Blumstein

Sara Sofia Pedraza Narváez

Advisor: Felipe Zapata
Office: 2nd floor Botany
Research: Tropical biology, evolution and eco-physiology of plants, climate change.

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Conner Philson

Advisor: Dan Blumstein
Research: Evolution of social behavior

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Kelsey Reckling

Advisor: Morgan Tingley
Research: Ornithology, urban ecology, migration, conservation

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Jordyn Regier

Advisor: Lawren Sack
Research: Plant ecophysiology

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Amanda Robin

Advisor: Peter Nonacs
Research: Animal decision making, cognition, personality, place-based education research, undergraduate research program administration

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Nick Russo

Advisor: Thomas Smith
Office: 300 La Kretz Hall (LKH)
Research: Movement ecology, remote sensing, tropical ecology, animal-vegetation feedbacks

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Chris Sayers

Advisor: Morgan Tingley
Office: 310 Botany
Research: Spatiotemporal impacts of gold mining on tropical bird communities

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Celine Snedden

Advisor: James Lloyd-Smith
Office: 4000 Terasaki Life Science Building (TLSB)
Research: Modeling within-host viral infection dynamics

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Hayden Speck

Advisor: David Jacobs
Office: 2154 Terasaki Life Science Building (TLSB)
Research: Evolution of early animals, evolution of development in cnidarians, EvoDevo of moon jellyfish (Aurelia coerulea) life cycle transitions

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Hannah Stouter

Advisor: Elsa Ordway
Office: 4th Floor Botany
Research: Effects of climate change and land use change on ecosystems and communities the Congo basin

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Ben Tonelli

Advisor: Morgan Tingley
Office: 3rd Floor Botany
Research: Migration and disease

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Whitney Tsai Nakashima

Advisor: Michael Alfaro and Thomas Smith
Office: 2153 Terasaki Life Science Building (TLSB) / 300 La Kretz Hall (LKH)
Research: Avian conservation genomics and evolution

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Mary Van Dyke

Advisor: Nathan Kraft
Office: Botany
Research: Plant communities, coexistence, climate change, species interactions

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Nidhi Vinod

Advisor: Elsa Ordway and Lawren Sack
Office: 4th Floor Botany
Phone: 540-746-0542
Research: Linking leaf level physiology and functions to forest ecosystems level processes to understand how forests are functioning during climate change

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Veronika Vucaj

Advisor: Dr. Peter Nonacs
Office: La Kretz Botany Building
Research: Life-history theory, developmental biology, evolutionary medicine

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Richard Wolff

Advisor: Nandita Garud

Joanna Wu

Advisor: Morgan Tingley
Office: 3rd Floor Botany
Research: Conservation, ornithology, ecology

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Carolyn Xue

Advisor: Pamela Yeh
Research: antibiotic resistance, urban ecology, urban bird ecology

Heidi Yang

Advisor: Victoria Sork
Office: 4140 Terasaki Life Science Building (TLSB)
Research: Ecological genomics/epigenomics

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Stella Yuan

Advisor: Kirk Lohmueller and Bob Wayne
Research: Conservation genomics and epigenomics

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Diego Zapata

Advisor: Victoria Sork
Office: 4140 Terasaki Life Science Building (TLSB)
Research: Landscape genomics; impact of urbanization, climate change, and other disturbances on the fitness of California plant communities

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Erick Zerecero Marin

Advisor: Paul Barber

Madeleine Zuercher

Advisor: Gregory Grether and Debra Shier
Office: 4329 Life Science Building (LSB)
Research: Behavioral ecology, conservation, mammalian evolution, field biology

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Regina Zweng

Advisor: Peggy Fong
Office: 4111 Life Science Building (LSB)
Research: Impacts of eutrophication on marine and estuarine ecosystems

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