Graduate Students

There are currently 43 graduate students in EEB.

Samantha Apgar

Samantha Apgar

Doctoral Student (Elphick lab)

Tidal marsh bird ecology and conservation

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Laura Bizzarri

Laura Bizzarri

Masters Student (García-Robledo lab)

Ecology and entomology, specifically plant-insect interactions and insect evolution under climate change

Phone: 860.486.4372

Hongfei Chen

Hongfei Chen

Doctoral Student (Yuan lab)

Mimulus genetics

Phone: 860.486.4059

Elizabeth Clifton

Elizabeth Clifton

Doctoral Student (Adams lab)

Behavioral ecology of social insects; more specifically, interspecific fighting in ants and termites

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Rebecca Colby

Rebecca Colby

Doctoral Student (Schultz lab)

Fish ecology and whole organism performance; Life history form differences between anadromous and landlocked populations of Alewives

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Francisco Concha Toro

Francisco Concha Toro

Doctoral Student (Caira lab)

Biology, reproduction, ecology behavior and conservation of Chondrichthyes

Phone: 860.486.1882

Laura Cunningham

Laura Cunningham

BS/MS Student (Jones lab)

Patterns of inflorescence allometry in the plant genus Pelargonium; Career interest in conservation and environmental education

Phone: 860.486.4027

Dipanjana Dalui

Dipanjana Dalui

Doctoral Student (Bagchi lab)

Modelling host-pathogen interactions in plants, how it can explain biodiversity

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Phone: 860.486.7955

Amanda Deguire

Amanda Deguire

BS/MS Student (Knutie lab)

I am a first year masters student studying Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology at the University of Connecticut. I am a member of the Knutie lab with research interests in conservation ecology and endangered species.

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Annette Evans

Annette Evans

Doctoral Student (Jockusch lab,Urban lab)

How changing climatic and environmental conditions affect polymorphic populations of the eastern red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus, across New England

Henry Frye

Henry Frye

Doctoral Student (Jones lab,Silander lab)

Plant ecology; botany; quantitative ecology; remote sensing

Phone: 860.486.4027

Eliza Grames

Eliza Grames

Doctoral Student (Elphick lab)

Mechanisms of area sensitivity; avian population response to forest fragmentation and urbanization

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Vandana Gurung

Vandana Gurung

Doctoral Student (Diggle lab)

I am interested in deciphering the genetic basis of flower development. I am enthusiastic to know how pollinators shape up or affects the genetics of flower development

Jessica Gutierrez

Jessica Gutierrez

Masters Student (Knutie lab)

Host-parasite-microbiome interactions in box-nesting bird-parasite systems in northern Minnesota

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Georgia Hernández

Georgia Hernández

Masters Student (García-Robledo lab)

Physiological ecology of Zingiberales: thermal tolerances and phylogenetic relationships along an elevational gradient

Amanda Hewes

Amanda Hewes

Masters Student (Schwenk lab)

Comparative functional morphology and kinematics of squamate feeding systems; squamate evolution and phylogenetics

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Jacob Kasper

Jacob Kasper

Doctoral Student (Schultz lab)

Jacob recently completed a Long Island Sound-specific stock assessment for Tautog (Tautoga onitis) and is now focusing on research that supports and drives fisheries management

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Kevin Keegan

Kevin Keegan

Doctoral Student (Wagner lab)

Entomology and botany with a focus on the systematics and conservation of Lepidoptera, along with investigations of their hostplant relationships

Phone: 860.486.5503

Michael LaScaleia

Michael LaScaleia

Doctoral Student (Bagchi lab)

I’m interested in researching why forests contain the species they do, and what we can do to conserve those species. In general, I work with plants (trees) and insects (moths, flies, and wasps), but I’m always interested in every organism that calls the forest home.

Amy Lafountain

Amy Lafountain

Doctoral Student (Yuan lab)

Mechanisms of pigmentation and patterning in Mimulus flowers

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Phone: 860.486.4154

Jason Lech

Jason Lech

Doctoral Student (Willig lab)

Biodiversity, community and metacommunity ecology; anthropogenic disturbance, landscape ecology, and conservation of freshwater lakes and watersheds, with a particular focus on aquatic macrophytes and algae

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Phone: 860.486.1772

Qiaoshan Lin

Qiaoshan Lin

Doctoral Student (Yuan lab,Wegrzyn lab)

Bioinformatics for plants genomics and genetics, application development

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Tanner Matson

Tanner Matson

Doctoral Student (Wagner lab)

Life history and biosystematics of Zygaenoid moths with emphasis on Nearctic Lacturidae

Phone: 860.486.5503

Susan McEvoy

Susan McEvoy

Doctoral Student (Wegrzyn lab)

Assembly, annotation, and comparative genomics of hardwood and conifer forest trees; bioinformatic tool development

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Hayley McMahon

Hayley McMahon

Masters Student (Seemann lab,Yuan lab)

Temperature-dependent anthocyanin accumulation in Mimulus

Valerie Milici

Valerie Milici

Doctoral Student (Bagchi lab)

The recovery of/changes to species interactions following anthropogenic disturbance, particularly in the tropics; Plant-insect interactions; Plant-fungal interactions

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Graham Montgomery

Graham Montgomery

Doctoral Student (Tingley lab)

Community ecology and anthropogenic change; widespread insect declines, their causes, and potential effects on insectivorous birds

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Kayla Morin

Kayla Morin

BS/MS Student (Schultz lab)

I study the growth of migratory fish, specifically juvenile blueback herring. I am interested in a career in conservation and scientific communication

Phone: 860.486.4694

Zachary Muscavitch

Zachary Muscavitch

Doctoral Student (Goffinet lab,Lewis, L. lab)

Systematics, taxonomy, and phylogeography of lichenized fungi and their symbionts. Symbiont biology

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Lucas Myers

Lucas Myers

Masters Student (Bush lab)

Wildlife conservation and paleoecology

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Christopher Nadeau

Christopher Nadeau

Doctoral Student (Urban lab)

Spatial ecology; climate change ecology and evolution

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Phone: 860.486.6154

Kristen Nolting

Kristen Nolting

Doctoral Student (Holsinger lab)

Patterns of plant diversity and coexistence; plant functional trait evolution and community assembly through evolutionary time

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Phone: 860.486.5731

Samantha Pierce

Samantha Pierce

BS/MS Student (Urban lab)

I am interested in a career in environmental education and science communication

Phone: 860.486.6154

Christian Polania

Christian Polania

Doctoral Student (Bolnick lab)

Host-parasite interactions; metabolomics

Austin Spence

Austin Spence

Doctoral Student (Tingley lab)

Physiological ecology of hummingbirds; niche theory; global change

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Lauren Stanley

Lauren Stanley

Doctoral Student (Yuan lab)

Regulation of carotenoid biosynthesis in Mimulus; developmental genetics; evo-devo; the role of floral color pattern in plant adaptation; reproductive isolation; speciation

Phone: 860.486.4154

Andrew Stillman

Andrew Stillman

Doctoral Student (Tingley lab)

Avian ecology and conservation in post-fire forests; population dynamics of Black-backed Woodpeckers in the Sierra Nevada

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Phone: 860.486.5522

Mark Stukel

Mark Stukel

Doctoral Student (Simon lab)

Systematics and phylogeography of insects, specifically cicadas

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Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor

Doctoral Student (Henry lab)

Insect behavior and evolution

Phone: 860.486.5479

Elizaveta Terlova

Elizaveta Terlova

Doctoral Student (Lewis, L. lab)

Physiology and evolution of algae

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Alexander Trouern-Trend

Alexander Trouern-Trend

Masters Student (Wegrzyn lab)

Comparative genomics of fruit crops and forest trees and genome annotation

Grace Vaziri

Grace Vaziri

Doctoral Student (Knutie lab)

Host-parasite-microbiomei interactions and co-infection dynamics

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Theresa Wisneskie

Theresa Wisneskie

Doctoral Student (Elphick lab)

Phone: 860.486.3005