Graduate Students

There are currently 56 graduate students in EEB.

Samantha Apgar

Samantha Apgar

Doctoral Student (Elphick lab)

Tidal marsh bird ecology and conservation

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Phone: 860.486.xxxx

John Bator

John Bator

BS/MS Student (Simon lab)

Systematics, taxonomy and phylogeography of New Zealand cicadas; conservation biology; wildlife biology

Phone: 860.486.3947

Laura Bigwood

Laura Bigwood

Doctoral Student (Adams lab)

Phone: 860.486.4458

Laura Bizzarri

Laura Bizzarri

Masters Student (Garcia-Robledo lab)

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

Phone: 860.486.4372

Holly Brown

Holly Brown

Doctoral Student (Rubega lab)

Ecology of long-legged wading birds, especially in urban areas; conservation biology; urban science education

Phone: 860.486.0309

Veronica Bueno

Veronica Bueno

Doctoral Student (Caira lab)

Taxonomy, systematics and biogeography of Eucestoda parasites and their elasmobranch hosts; co-evolutionary patterns using both morphological and molecular data

Phone: 860.486.1882

Elizabeth Clark

Elizabeth Clark

BS/MS Student (Wagner lab)

Applied entomology; conservation biology

Phone: 860.486.6650

Elizabeth Clifton

Elizabeth Clifton

Masters Student (Adams lab)

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

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Rebecca Colby

Rebecca Colby

Masters 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

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

Charlie DeLavoi

Charlie DeLavoi

Doctoral Student (Goffinet lab)

Moss systematics

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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

Cera Fisher

Cera Fisher

Doctoral Student (Jockusch lab)

Evo-devo and gene regulation; evolution of insect morphology, especially prothoracic projections; metamorphosis; bioinformatics; next generation sequencing; RNAi Tribolium castaneum

Phone: 860.486.6215

Andrew Frank

Andrew Frank

Doctoral Student (Jockusch lab)

Taxonomy, systematics, and speciation of marine Nemertean worms; and speciation of cave and spring morphs of freshwater amphipods; speciation, parallel evolution, and mechanical reproductive isolation in North American skinks

Phone: 860.486.6125

Henry Frye

Henry Frye

Doctoral Student (Jones lab,Silander lab)

Broadly plant evolution, ecology and morphology. In particular, leaf morphology and climate correlations

Phone: 860.486.4027

Kaitlin Gallagher

Kaitlin Gallagher

Doctoral Student (Caira lab)

Host-parasite relationships; parasites as bioindicators for elasmobranchs; evolution of elasmobranch cestodes

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Phone: 860.486.1882

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

Diler Haji

Diler Haji

Masters Student (Simon lab)

I study host-associated microorganisms in cicadas to understand their role in speciation and inform phylogenetic hypotheses

Phone: 860.486.3947

Sarah Hurley

Sarah Hurley

BS/MS Student (Garcia-Robledo lab)

Conservation biology; reducing anthropogenic consequences on the environment; how these effects cause changes in survival and adaptation in insects and other invertebrates, and how overall ecosystems are impacted

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Phone: 860.486.xxxx

Michael Hutson

Michael Hutson

Doctoral Student (Urban lab)

Community ecology; coexistence/stability of species assemblages, particularly in relation to prey-switching behavior by predators and functional differences among prey species; ecological network (e.g. food web) structure and dynamics

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

Ursula King

Ursula King

Doctoral Student (Les lab)

Population genetics and phylogenomics; development of microsatellite markers for a freshwater annual plant Najas flexilis; chloroplast genome comparison

Phone: 860.486.3937

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

Web site
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

Masters Student (Wagner lab)

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

Phone: 860.486.5503

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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Kerri Mocko

Kerri Mocko

Doctoral Student (Jones lab)

Evolution of form and function in vascular plants; leaf traits; South African plants and specifically the genus Pelargonium (Geraniaceae)

Phone: 860.486.4027

Tim Moore

Tim Moore

Doctoral Student (Schlichting lab)

Plant molecular systematics; primarily in its application to questions of adaptation and understanding of the processes that drive inter- and intraspecific variation in functional attributes, as well as the implications these processes may have for ecology

Phone: 860.486.4638

Christopher Nadeau

Christopher Nadeau

Doctoral Student (Urban lab)

Spatial ecology; climate change ecology and evolution

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Phone: 860.486.6154

Morgan Napier

Morgan Napier

Doctoral Student (LaFleur lab)

Phone: 860.486.0309

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

Genevieve Nuttall

Genevieve Nuttall

BS/MS Student (Tingley lab)

Biodiversity and Conservation Biology; Avian Conservation

Web site
Phone: 860.486.5522

Jake Perfetto

Jake Perfetto

BS/MS Student (Schultz lab)

Jackson Phillips

Jackson Phillips

Masters Student (Schwenk lab)

Herpetology; comparative functional morphology and anatomy of reptiles and amphibians; patterns of evolution and biodiversity

Phone: 860.486.4158

Jaleigh Pier

Jaleigh Pier

Masters Student (Bush lab)

Paleontology (Dinosaurs!), invertebrate fossils, climate change, species and environmental interactions, mass extinctions, evolution throughout “deep time”

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Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen

BS/MS Student (Schultz lab)

Conservation Biology and Biodiversity; Feeding Ecology of Tomcod in the Hudson River; Fish Ecology and Conservation

Nasim Rahmatpour

Nasim Rahmatpour

Doctoral Student (Goffinet lab)

Evo-devo, gene regulation, and peristome development in mosses, specifically Funaria hygrometrica (Funariaceae)

Phone: 860.486

Dustin Ray

Dustin Ray

Doctoral Student (Jones lab)

Structure-function relationships in the petioles of the South African genus Pelargonium (Geraniaceae); allometric patterns in vascular tissues; leaf traits

Phone: 860.486.4027

Manette Sandor

Manette Sandor

Doctoral Student (Elphick lab,Tingley lab)

Plant-animal interactions; mutualisms; frugivory; seed-dispersal; climate change

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Phone: 860.486.3005

Eileen Schaub

Eileen Schaub

Masters Student (Diggle lab)

Effects of climate change on shrubs and other perennial flowering plants

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Anna Sjodin

Anna Sjodin

Doctoral Student (Willig lab)

Anthropogenic disturbance; neotropical mammals; host-parasite ecology and evolution; wildlife disease; landscape ecology; behavioral ecology; conservation biology

Phone: 860.486.1772

Austin Spence

Austin Spence

Doctoral Student (Tingley lab)

Physiological ecology of hummingbirds; niche theory; global change

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Michael Stankov

Michael Stankov

BS/MS Student (Elphick lab)

Phone: 860.486.3005

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

Web site
Phone: 860.486.5522

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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Kathryn Weeks

Kathryn Weeks

BS/MS Student (Tingley lab)

The ability of large carnivores to behaviorally adapt to human populations, most specifically in North America

Web site
Phone: 860.486.5522

Tanisha Williams

Tanisha Williams

Doctoral Student (Holsinger lab,Schlichting lab)

Phenotypic plasticity and evolution; adaptation; functional ecology; geographic distribution (limits); population genetics; conservation biology

Phone: 860.486.4638

Theresa Wisneskie

Theresa Wisneskie

Doctoral Student (Elphick lab)

Phone: 860.486.3005

Sumaira Zaman

Sumaira Zaman

Masters Student (Wegrzyn lab)

Web site
Phone: 860.486.4837

Evan Zhao

Evan Zhao

BS/MS Student (Schultz lab)