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People in the Lab

Graduate Students:

Kyle Anderson- Kyle is a masters student with interests in marine ecology.  His research will focus on how community assembly of benthic meiofauna influences invasibility.  He joined the lab in Fall 2012. 

Catherine Fargen- Catherine is a masters student with interests in aquatic ecology and invasive species.  Her current research examines aquatic invertebrate communities associated with Lonicera mackkii decomposition in Beargrass Creek.  She joined the lab as a graduate student in Fall 2011.

Brad Gottshall- Brad is a Ph.D. student with interests in sustainable agriculture, mycorrhizae, and soil biology.  He conducts his dissertation research at the Kellogg Biological Station in Michigan. He joined the lab in Fall 2009.

Jeff Masters- Jeff is a  Ph.D. student interested in pollination ecology and population biology of the invasive species, Ranunculus ficaria.  He joined the lab in Fall 2009.

Judy Metcalf- Judy is a Ph.D. student and is interested in effects of the invasive grass, Microstegium vimineum, on insect food webs.  She joined the lab in Fall 2009.

Matthew Reid- Matthew is a Ph.D. student and interested in restoration.  He is joining the lab in Fall 2013.  

 

Undergraduate Students:

Joseph Clagg- Joseph has conducted independent research on the interactions between insect diversity and vine invasions, and on the effects of drought and density on growth and reproduction of Microstegium

Monica Cooper- Monica is an REU student this summer from Kalamazoo College (MI) conducting independent research on glomalin production by mycorrhizal fungi in agricultural fields.  

Ayanna Jones- Ayanna has worked and volunteered in the lab for two years and is interested in insect biology. She has conducted independent research on diversity of flying insects associated with Microstegium invasion. 

Phung Nguyen- Phung is an REU student this summer from Carthage College (WI) conducting independent research on the associations between mycorrhizal fungi and Microstegium growth. 

Troy Tucker- Troy has worked in the lab for one summer and has interests in plants and mycorrhizal fungi. 

 

 

 lab2 at SBD  Lunch at Sleeping Bear lab group

 

Former Students:    

Sam Benanti-  Sam graduated in Dec. 2012 and conducted research on mycorrhizal fungi in sand dunes.  He is interested in going to graduate school in forestry.
 
Emily Brown- Emily was an undergraduate student as Asbury College (KY), and conducted independent research in my lab during the summer of 2008 studying competition between native and invasive sand dune plant species.  She recently graduated from dental school at UofL.  
 

Alexandria Bryant- Alex graduated in May 2010, and did her senior thesis on insect communities associated with the invasive shrub, Lonicera macki.    She completed a master's degree in Entomology from Michigan State University, and now works for 4-H in Kentucky.

Lisa Lee- Lisa earned her M.S. in 2012 and conducted research on herbivory on Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum).  She is a teacher at Floyd Central High School.

Keera Lowe- Keera graduated in May 2011, and did research on plant responses to nitrogen addition.  She is now working towards her masters in education at UofL, and wants to be a biology teacher.

Allison Moehlman- Allie graduated in May 2010, and worked in the the lab for two years.  She is now a high school biology teacher.

Emily Moehlman- Emily graduated in May 2013 after working in the lab for four years.  She is a dental hygienist in Louisville. 

Caitlin Rhodes- Caitlin graduated with an M.S. in 2012 and has research interests on invasive species of sand dunes.  She is now working on a nursing degree at UofL.

Tommy Ross- Tommy graduated in May 2013 and conducted independent research on the ecology of invasive vines.  

Cody Stevens- Cody graduated in May 2013 and  has done research on seedbanks in forest habitat invaded by Microstegium vimineum, as well as invasive vine associations with native trees.   He is interested in attending graduate school in natural resources. 

Joy Uwimbabazi- Joy graduated in Fall 2010, and conducted a project examining fire effects on seed germination of invasive species.  She earned her M.S.  at UofL in public health and now lives in South Africa.

 

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