Graduate Students

There are currently 43 graduate students in EEB.

Kristin Anderson

Kristin Anderson

Doctoral Student (Goffinet lab)

Bryophyte systematics

Samantha Apgar

Samantha Apgar

Doctoral Student (Elphick lab)

Tidal marsh bird ecology and conservation

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Cindy Barreto

Cindy Barreto

Doctoral Student (Knutie lab)

Laura Bizzarri

Laura Bizzarri

Masters Student (García-Robledo lab)

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

Hongfei Chen

Hongfei Chen

Doctoral Student (Yuan lab)

Mimulus genetics

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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Dipanjana Dalui

Dipanjana Dalui

Doctoral Student (Bagchi lab)

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

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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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Jessica Espinosa

Jessica Espinosa

Doctoral Student (Rubega lab)

Henry Frye

Henry Frye

Doctoral Student (Jones lab,Silander lab)

Plant ecology; botany; quantitative ecology; remote sensing

Franco Gigliotti

Franco Gigliotti

Doctoral Student (Elphick lab)

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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Kara Heilemann

Kara Heilemann

Masters Student (Caira lab)

Georgia Hernández

Georgia Hernández

Masters Student (García-Robledo lab)

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

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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Noor Kaur

Noor Kaur

Doctoral Student (Jones lab)

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

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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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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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

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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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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Frank Muzio

Frank Muzio

Doctoral Student (Rubega lab)

Functional and evolutionary morphology of vertebrates, primarily birds and mammals

Lucas Myers

Lucas Myers

Masters Student (Bush lab)

Wildlife conservation and paleoecology

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Amanda Pastore

Amanda Pastore

Masters Student (Jockusch lab,Urban lab)

Plastic traits developed from predation pressures, particularly in Daphnia

Samantha Pierce

Samantha Pierce

BS/MS Student (Urban lab)

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

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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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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Mark Stukel

Mark Stukel

Doctoral Student (Simon lab)

Systematics and phylogeography of insects, specifically cicadas

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Swapna Subramanian

Swapna Subramanian

Doctoral Student (Bolnick lab)

Elizaveta Terlova

Elizaveta Terlova

Doctoral Student (Lewis, L. lab)

Physiology and evolution of algae

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Nicholas Van Gilder

Nicholas Van Gilder

Masters Student (Jockusch lab)

Conservation genetics of amphibians; specifically plethodontid salamanders

Grace Vaziri

Grace Vaziri

Doctoral Student (Knutie lab)

Host-parasite-microbiomei interactions and co-infection dynamics

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Vidya Vuruputoor

Vidya Vuruputoor

Doctoral Student (Wegrzyn lab)

Genomics and its application towards understanding plant-parasite interactions

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Anne Washington

Anne Washington

BS/MS Student (Wagner lab)

Public outreach and education of the conservation of our natural spaces, with the long-term goal of becoming a manager of a refuge or park system