Post-docs/ Research Associates
I am interested in population dynamics. I am specifically working on the
eco-evolutionary dynamics of a butterfly population in relation to the spatial
distribution of a non-native host plant.
In broad terms, I'm interested in how organisms interact with their environment. I like to use integrative approaches and to combine molecular biology and physiology with ecology. I find odd pleasure in shaking butterflies in a jar.
I am broadly interested in population genetics and molecular ecology. Part of my dissertation examines an introduced population of Euphydryas gillettii to uncover the effects of inbreeding and local adaptation on fitness in an isolated population.
I am interested in conservation, species interactions, and tropical and temperate communities. I am currently studying the community diversity and fitness impacts of the gut microbiome in tropical Lepidoptera with different feeding habits.
I am broadly interested in the interactions of native and non-native species at scales ranging from landscape to local.
Doctoral Students doing projects associated with the lab
I am interested in conservation genetics, and am pursuing a project on the genetics underlying dispersal.
Undergraduate/Co-terminal Masters Students with Independent Projects
I am interested in conservation. I am testing questions related to the effects of phylogeny and spatial heterogeneity on the composition of the gut microbiome in tropical Lepidoptera.
I will be testing the effects of different adult feeding substrates on male reproductive development and success in the butterfly Speyeria mormonia.
Claire Karban (temporary tech at RMBL)
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Tim Bonebrake (Hong Kong University)
Jacintha Ellers (Free University of Amsterdam)
Bengt Karlsson (Stockholm University)
Diane O'Brien (University of Alaska-Fairbanks)
Recent Co-terminal Masters/ Undergrads
Lauren Ponisio (UC-Berkeley)
Jenny Rempel (Ford Fellowship in Philanthropy)
Rebecca LaGrandeur (UC Davis Law School)
Alex Perez (Vanderbilt Medical School)
updated: 6 April 2014