current Graduate Students

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Name Advisor Room Research Summary
Mira Abrecht David Jacobs TLSB 2162 eDNA analysis of biodiversity in California lagoons
Ary Amaya Elsa Ordway Botany 4th Floor Effects of climate change on urban terrestrial ecosystems using remote sensing, ecological niche modeling, and traditional Indigenous ecological knowledge
Wilmer Amaya-Mejia Pamela Yeh Botany 2nd Floor Urbanization of dark-eyed juncos and their diseases.
Ioana Anghel Felipe Zapata Evolution of species and floral scent in the flowering plant genus Linanthus
Berenice Badillo Victoria Sork TLSB 4140 Local adaptation and phenotypic plasticity of trees in response to climate change, conservation biology
Alec Baird Lawren Sack Botany 4th Floor Comparative leaf development, anatomy and physiology
Taylor Bastian Dan Blumstein Environmental impacts on animal behavior
Austin Betancourt Paul Barber TLSB 2140 Conservation henomics/marine ecology and evolution
Elizabeth Blackmore James Lloyd-Smith TLSB 4000 Historical ecology of infectious disease
Marvin Browne Lawren Sack LS 3218 Prediction and consequences of variation in plant stress tolerance
Brandon Chan Colin Kremer
Madeline Cowen Priyanga Amarasekare & Pamela Yeh I study how bird populations respond to climate change using mathematical models.
Joseph Curti Robert Wayne and Bradley Shaffer TLSB 4146 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).
Morgan Dean Elsa Ordway Vegetation structure and animal-landscape interactions
Christina (Tina) Del Carpio Kirk Lohmueller LS 4207 Recombination rates and landscapes in canids & STEM graduate education
Carissa DeRanek Elsa Ordway
Eleanor (Ellie) Diamant Pamela Yeh Botany 2nd Floor How bird populations respond to strong anthropogenic change
Evan Doughty Jonathan Marcot and Blaire Van Valkenburgh Botany 310 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)
Tanner Dulay Priyanga Amarasekare Boyer 660 Emergence of community structure in ecological interactions, particularly mutualisms
Janine Fischer Gregory Grether and Debra Shier LS 4329 How interspecific competition affects species coexistence and the conservation of threatened and endangered species
John Amiel Flores Paul Barber Investigating the potential of organism transport on problematic macroalgal mats using metabarcoding techniques
Ashlyn Ford Peggy Fong LS 4100 Assessing the health of tropical reef communities and evaluating how infectious diseases are impacting these communities
Cynthia Frausto Peter Nonacs
Sara Freimuth Pamela Yeh Botany 2nd Floor Urban ecology, evolution, gut microbiome, science communication
Kaija Gahm Noa Pinter-Wollman Botany 3rd Floor Movement ecology and social behavior of vultures; open science, open code, and computational reproducibility
Alejandra Gamboa Noa Pinter-Wollman Reciprocal relationships between host behavior and the microbiome
Lauren Glevanik Nathan Kraft Botany 4th Floor Traits that affect seed dispersal, community assembly, and patterns of biodiversity and coexistence in Californian grasslands
Katya Gonzalez Michael Alfaro TLSB Broadly interested in evolutionary biology, currently focused on human exceptionalism through comparative studies
Shalanda Grier Peggy Fong Anthropogenic stress, resilience, species interactions, coral reefs
Katie Hannibal Peggy Fong Anthropogenic effects on nearshore marine ecosystems, specifically how algal interactions influence community structure
Kenji Hayashi Nathan Kraft Botany 410 Consequences of competitive interactions in spatially heterogeneous environments for plant species distributions and coexistence
Aidan Howenstine Karen Sears TLSB 2162 The influence of development on the generation of variation and evolution, with a focus on mammal limbs
Christiane Jacquemetton Blaire Van Valkenburgh TLSB 2162 Morphology and variation across Canidae
Mark Juhn Michael Alfaro and Blaire Van Valkenburgh Botany 3rd Floor Carnivora macroevolution and tanager color evolution
Elizabeth Karan Michael Alfaro TLSB 2154 Reef fish color pattern evolution , macroevolution, evolutionary ecology
Nurit Katz Dan Blumstein Urban ecology
Hannah Larson Colin Kremer Eco-evolutionary effects of dormancy on phytoplankton fitness in fluctuating environments
Peter Laurin Nandita Garud LS 4114 Population genetics, adaptation, life history, bacteria, microbiomes
Onny Nurrahman Marwayana Paul Barber TLSB 2140 Enviromental DNA (eDNA) for marine biodiversity in Indonesia
Rosa McGuire Priyanga Amarasekare Boyer 660 Temperature effects on population dynamics and species interactions
Graham Montgomery Morgan Tingley Insect declines & their impacts on insectivorous bird populations, ecological monitoring, and evidence synthesis
Carly Myers Malcolm Gordon
Scott O'Donnell Victoria Sork
Sean O'Fallon Noa Pinter-Wollman 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
Marissa Ochoa Lawren Sack and Victoria Sork California oak physiology and drought tolerance
Anna Jiselle Ongjoco Lawren Sack Botany 4th Floor Plant physiological ecology and anatomy
Xochitl Ortiz Ross Dan Blumstein LS 4802 Long-term fitness consequences of early-life adversity in yellow-bellied marmots
Eliseo Parra Dan Blumstein
Sara Sofia Pedraza Felipe Zapata Plant biotic interactions, their relevance for biodiversity maintainance, evolution and effects of climate change.
Conner Philson Dan Blumstein Evolution of social behavior
Amanda Reshke Peter Nonacs and Molly Fox Botany 3rd Floor Evolutionary medicine, reproductive health, the microbiome, mental health, behavior
Amanda Robin Peter Nonacs Animal decision making, cognition, personality, place-based education research, undergraduate research program administration
Nick Russo Thomas Smith LKH 300 Movement ecology, remote sensing, tropical ecology, animal-vegetation feedbacks
Kelsi Rutledge Malcolm Gordon Life Sciences Functional morphology, systematics, biomechanics, fluid dynamics
Chris Sayers Morgan Tingley Botany 310 Spatiotemporal impacts of gold mining on tropical bird communities
Mackenzie Scurka Dan Blumstein Animal behavior, heritability of behavioral traits, human-wildlife conflict
Yoonjin Shu Michael Alfaro
Lauren Smith Peggy Fong
Celine Snedden James Lloyd-Smith TLSB 4000 Modeling within-host viral infection dynamics
Hayden Speck David Jacobs TLSB 2154 Evolution of early animals, evolution of development in cnidarians, EvoDevo of moon jellyfish (Aurelia coerulea) life cycle transitions
Ben Tonelli Morgan Tingley Botany 3rd Floor Migration and disease
Whitney Tsai Nakashima Michael Alfaro and Thomas Smith TLSB 2153 / LKH 300 Avian conservation genomics and evolution
Mary Van Dyke Nathan Kraft Botany Plant communities, coexistence, climate change, species interactions
Nidhi Vinod Elsa Ordway and Lawren Sack Botany 4th Floor Linking leaf level physiology and functions to forest ecosystems level processes to understand how forests are functioning during climate change
Richard Wolff Nandita Garud
Joanna Wu Morgan Tingley Botany 3rd Floor Conservation, ornithology, ecology
Carolyn Xue Pamela Yeh Antibiotic resistance, urban ecology, urban bird ecology
Heidi Yang Victoria Sork TLSB 4140 Ecological genomics/epigenomics
Stella Yuan Kirk Lohmueller and Bob Wayne Conservation genomics and epigenomics
Diego Zapata Victoria Sork TLSB 4140 Landscape genomics; impact of urbanization, climate change, and other disturbances on the fitness of California plant communities
Erick Zerecero Marin Paul Barber
Madeleine Zuercher Gregory Grether and Debra Shier LS 4329 Behavioral ecology, conservation, mammalian evolution, field biology
Regina Zweng Peggy Fong LS 4111 Impacts of eutrophication on marine and estuarine ecosystems