current Graduate Students

Name Advisor Room Phone Research Summary
Aji Anggoro Barber TLSB 2140 (310)794-5511 Understanding Marine Biodiversity through Metabarcoding Techniques
Ioana Anghel Zapata Hoyos LS 3116 Processes that drive plant diversity, speciation, reproductive isolation, phylogeography
Alec Baird Sack LS 3218 310-206-2887 Comparative, ecological, and evolutionary plant anatomy, development, and physiology
Kelly Barr Smith TLSB 4162 310-267-4460
Annabel Beichman Wayne / Lohmueller TLSB 4140 825-5014 demographic history and genetic load of endangered species
Marvin Browne Sack LS 3218 310-206-2887 Plant responses to drought and electromagnetic sensing
Dita Cahyani Barber TLSB 2140 310 794-5511 I will using Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structure (ARMS) method and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) techniques (metabarcoding) to measure the marine diversity across Indonesia.
Marcel Carita Vaz Kraft  LSB 3209  (310) 825-4967 Evolution and maintenance tree species diversity in Central Amazon.
Guilherme Casas Goncalves Amarasekare Botany 306 Temperature effects on trophic communities of ectotherms
Daniel Chavez Wayne TLSB 4140 (310) 825-5014
Kelcie Chiquillo Barber TLSB 2154 (310) 206-7885 Ecological and evolutionary dynamics that influence the invasive seagrass
Albert Chung Campbell-staton LS 3113 Genomic basis of phenotypic variation
Robert Cooper Shaffer / Grether Life Science 4329 (310) 825-3128 The Conservation Implications of Non-Native Hybridization
Daniel Cooper Blumstein / Yeh Studying urban adaptation in birds
Madeline Cowen Grether LS 4335 825-3128 I study territoriality between bird species and am interested in how interspecific behavioral interactions may impact species coexistence and distributions
Candice Cross Barber
Joey Curti Wayne TSLB 4162 Conservation genetics and long-term persistence of a federally listed amphibian
Samuel Degregori Barber 2140 8315857810 I am interested in gut microbiomes and the factors that shape these communities
Christina Del Carpio Wayne TSLB 4140 Gene function and functional effects of DNA methylation.
Eleanor Diamant Yeh Adaptation to anthropogenic change and urbanization
Evan Doughty TSLB 2162 (310)825-4669 I am interested in the timing and mode in the responses of mammalian communities to environmental transitions within the Cenozoic (65 Ma – present).
Tanner Dulay Amarasekare Boyer 660
Andrew Endo Amarasekare
Vivien Enriquez Yeh Animal host associated microorganisms and their influence on host behavior and ecology.
Luisa Espericueta Yeh
Nichole Evans Blumstein
Janine Fischer Grether LSB 4329 I am interested in the application of animal behavior to conservation, specifically how interspecific competition influences the coexistence of species
Leila Fletcher Sack LS 3218 310 206-2887 Evolution of drought tolerance in California native plants, and the genetic and geographical basis of variation in leaf venation patterns
Ashlyn Ford Fong  Botany 419  571-264-7711 My focus is on assessing the health of tropical reef communities and evaluating how infectious diseases are impacting these communities.
Denisse Gamboa Pinter-wollman
Zachary Gold Barber TLSB 2140 (310) 795-0020 Anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems using eDNA
Ana Carolina Gomez Lloyd-smith TLSB 4000 (310) 206-8207
Katelyn Gostic Lloyd-smith TLSB 4000 310-206-8207 Infectious disease modeling
Shalanda Grier Fong Botany (310) 206-6560 Anthropogenic stress. Coastal and marine community resiliency.
Angela Guglielmino Lloyd-smith TLSB 4000
Benjamin Ha Jacobs 2162 TLSB Anthropogenic impacts on marine communities and genetics. Also interested in how research can inform marine conservation and policy. Additional research interests include academic performance of minorities in higher education
Kenji Hayashi Kraft LS 3206 (310) 825-4967 Mechanisms of plant species coxistence and biodiveristy maintenance across spatial scales
Sarah Helman Lloyd-smith TLSB 4000 (310) 206-8207
Christian Henry Sack LS 3218 310 206-2887 The significance of the leaf surface during drought: functional roles of stomatal response and leaf hair
Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp Blumstein Life Science 4802 Evolution of Morphology and Behavior, Behavioral Ecology, Ecotourism
Eva Horna-Lowell Nonacs / Pinter-wollman
Aidan Howenstine Sears Evolutionary development and the origin of variation in the mammalian limb
Audra Huffmeyer Wayne TLSB 4140 310 825-5014
Christiane Jacquemetton Van Valkenburgh TLSB 2162 Impact of artificial selection on nasal anatomy of domestic dogs
Gina Johnson Blumstein LSB 4802 Investigating the relationship between gut microbes and fitness traits
Mark Juhn Alfaro / Van Valkenburgh TLSB 2162 825-4669 Hyena macroevolution
Gaurav Kandlikar Kraft LS 3209 I am interested in how spatial environmental variation and soil microbial interactions shape plant community diversity.
Elizabeth Karan Alfaro TLSB 2154 (310) 206-2240 Reef fish color pattern macroevolution
Christopher Kyriazis Wayne TSLB 4140 evolutionary and conservation genomics
Clive Lau Sears LS 4117 3104425025 Mammalian evo-devo & paleontology
Carlie Leary Lloyd-smith TLSB 4000
Meixi Lin Wayne TSLB 4140 (310) 825-5014 environmental DNA
Yeraldi Loera Campbell-staton LS 3113 Genetic effects of environmental contaminants.
Natalie Lozano Yeh
Davis Mai Nonacs
Sara Makanani Alternative animal model for elucidating the pathogenesis of obesity
Tyler McCraney Alfaro TLSB 2154 206-2240 Fish phylogenetics and diversification
Shawn McEachin Grether LS 4329 310 825-3128 I study the relationship between competition and habitat selection in interspecifically territorial damselflies
Rosa McGuire Amarasekare Botany 306 Effects of temperature perturbations on species interactions
Alayna Mead Sork TLSB 4140 310 794-1431 I’m interested in the genomic basis of plant evolution, particularly in how plant populations adapt to their environment.
Camila Medeiros Sack LS 3218 310 206-2887 My work focuses on integrating trait-based approaches in physiology, evolution and ecology, in particular linking leaf and whole-plant function to vital rates and vegetation distributions.
Gabriela Medeiros de Pinho Blumstein Life Science 4802 (310) 267-4630
Graham Montgomery Tingley LS 4117 Insect declines, their impacts on insectivorous bird populations, community ecology & ecological monitoring
Riley Mummah Lloyd-smith TLSB 4000 Dynamics of Leptospira interrogans in Coastal California Mammals
Carley Myers Buth
Gabriella Najm Pinter-wollman
Whitney Tsai Nakashima Alfaro / Smith TLSB 2154 LKH 300 Avian speciation, systematics, and phylogenetics
Dyonishia Nieves Sack
Marissa Ochoa Sack / Sork LS 3218 TLSB 4140 Understanding links between hydraulic traits and genes in California oaks
Scott O’Donnell Sork
Sean O’Fallon Pinter-wollman
Bruno Passarelli Buth
Conner Philson Blumstein LSB 4802 310-267-4746 Evolution of social behavior
Fernando Postigo Buth
Amanda Robin Nonacs 3125 LSB 8189416830 Animal decision making; state-dependant behavior; foraging; animal personality; environmental impact on decision making; stochastic dynamic modeling of animal behavior
Nicholas Russo Smith Movement ecology, ornithology, dispersal, remote sensing
Kelsi Rutledge Buth / Gordon LS 1330 olfaction in batoid fishes
Emily Ryznar Fong Botany 411 310 206-6560 I am interested in mechanisms that facilitate the success of invasive marine species.
Shawn Schwartz Alfaro TLSB 2154 Developing computational models and machine learning algorithms to study the dynamics of color pattern evolution in reef fishes.
Lauren Smith Fong Botany 411 310 206-6560 I am broadly interested in the mechanisms and impacts of invasive species in marine systems. Currently, my work is focused on invasive Sargassum horneri found in southern California.
Celine Snedden Lloyd-smith TLSB 4000 mathematical modeling of infectious disease dynamics
Samantha Snowden Grether
Hayden Speck Jacobs TLSB 2162 310 206 7885 Evolution of early animals, sensory cells, and Cnidarians
Brenton Spies Jacobs TLSB 2159 310-206-7885 Conservation Ecology, Fish Biology, Community Ecology, Ecological Modeling
Shayna Sura Fong Botany 411 I study the behavior of herbivorous fish on coral reefs.
Erin Toffelmier Shaffer LSB 4215 Conservation and landscape genetics in California reptiles and amphibians
Amanda Tokuyama Lloyd-smith TLSB 4000 Parasitism and drivers of disease in urban coyotes
Fabiola Torres-Toledo Buth 1331 Life Sciences (310) 206-6084 Ecology of nesting leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) on the Westside of the island of Puerto Rico.
Rachel Turba Jacobs TLSB 2162 310 206-7885 Conservation of species and habitats in southern California
Madison Uetrecht Blumstein LSB 4804 Impacts of human recreation and ecotourism on wildlife
Mary Van Dyke Kraft LS 3209 The effects of drought on coexistence and competition in plant communities.
Mars Walters Yeh LS 4221 (217) 778-2251 Adaptation to a novel urban environment in Dark-eyed Juncos
Dana Williams Blumstein LSB 4802 evolution of animal cognition, social learning and transmission of information
Richard Wolff Amarasekare
Erick Zerecero Marin Barber
Paige Zhang Jacobs TLSB 2154 310 206-7885 evolution of epigenetic and genetic processes, and their impact on the evolution of animal complexity.
Madeleine Zuercher Grether LSB 4329 I am interested in how social interactions, especially competition, between species drive changes in their behavior and morphology as well as exploring applications to conservation.
Regina Zweng Fong Impacts of Macroalgal Blooms in Estuaries on Carbonate Chemistry