Education: B.S.A. in Biology- The University of Texas at Austin 2019
Research Interests: I am interested in how the urban heat island effect influences pollinator and forb phenology.
Webpage: Twitter: @AlissandraAyala
PhD Student/Graduate Teaching Assistant
Education: B.S. in Zoology from Juniata College
M.S. in Primate Behavior and Ecology from Central Washington University
Research Interests: Anthropogenic influences on primate social behavior. Specifically, how human derived food and conflict relate to play behavior and communication in social primates.
M.S. Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University
B.S. Biological Sciences, emphasis in Environmental Biology, minor in Chemistry, The University of Southern Mississippi
Research Interests: I am interested in how global change affects plant communities and above and belowground traits. I am further interested in how these changes impact ecosystem processes and services. I currently work in sand dune ecosystems along the Great Lakes evaluating the impacts of climate, nitrogen deposition, and disturbance on a variety of plant communities.
PhD Student & Teaching Assistant
Education: MSc in Forestry and Natural Resources Management, University of Padova, Italy, 2020
Research Interests: urban green spaces, ecosystem services, plant and insect biodiversity, urban ecology, heat island effect, soil health, social justice
Education: B.A. in Psychology from University of Kentucky, focus on animal behavior
Research Interests: Protection, conservation and restoration of local ecosystems, including Eastern deciduous forests, through the understanding of soil dynamics and processes, especially the role and relationships of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, along with the ecology, effects, and management of invasive species.
PhD Student/Graduate Teaching Assistant
Education: BS, Environmental Sciences University of Oregon 2014
Research Interests: Kylea's research has focused greatly on how fungal-plant interactions can shape community outcomes as well as the effects global change can have on shifting the direction and magnitude of these interactions to further alter community dynamics. Her current research asks how resource addition in the form of nitrogen deposition alters fungal root endophyte community responses within American beachgrass and how those changes within the belowground community may impose aboveground responses of the dune grass community on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Key Words: Fungal-plant interactions, global change, mutualisms, endophytes, dunes
Graduate student/ GTA
Education: Bsc. Biotechnology, Purbanchal University, Nepal
Research Interests: Host-pathogen interaction, microbial genetics, transcriptional regulation of fungal pathogen
Ming-Chang Tsai (Nelson)
Education: MS in Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging in San Jose State University. MS and PhD candidate in Biology in University of Louisville
Research Interests: Interactions between fungal proteins and plant host proteins during infection.
Education: M.Sc. University of Louisville
Research Interests: My research interests have always involved genetics, though sometimes of very different flavors! My master's work was in human population genetics and I have moved over to the biology department to study fungal genetics in the Spring of 2018 for a more functional approach to the study of genes. Underlying these two disparate areas of study within genetics has been a consistent interest in evolution and the flow of genetic information through time and across geographical space. My prospective dissertation project involves characterizing the genetic basis of infection in generalist species within the Microbotryum genus, which is a well-known group within a broader class of smut fungi. Through my dissertation research with Dr. Michael Perlin, I hope to explore the evolutionary dynamics between plant hosts and their fungal pathogens by studying the genetic underpinnings of infection strategies employed by fungi.
PhD Student, GTA
Education: Eastern Illinois University, Bachelor of Science
Research Interests: Biomimetic approaches to cell preservation.
Education: Masters of Science Molecular Genetics, Certificate of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, B.S Biological Sciences
Lab: Running Lab 219
Research Interests: Plant genetics, Heterologous protein expression systems, and Plant Biochemistry.
PhD Candidate & Graduate Teaching Assistant
Education: Marine Biology Sc. B., Brown University, 2012
Research Interests: Sensory ecology, evolution & behavior of tropical ants; comparative neurobiology; natural history.
website: daniellaprince.com @daniellants (Twitter)
PhD Candidate; Research assistant
Education: B.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; University of Tennessee Knoxville
Research Interests: My research focuses on how arthropods respond to environmental disturbance. Specifically, I investigate the effects of lightning in Panama and prescribed fire in Kentucky. I take a community- and individual-level approach to quantify differences in arthropod composition, behavior, and physiology across a variety of taxa including beetles, ants, millipedes, and spiders.
Keywords: community ecology, disturbance ecology, arthropod ecology, forest entomology, natural history
PhD Student, Graduate Teaching Assistant
Education: B.S. Biology, Northern Kentucky University
Research Interests: Broadly, my research investigates the responses of spiders to environmental disturbance. Specifically, I study how prescribed fire and deer browsing shape spider assemblages. My research also explores how disturbance influences the relationship between web morphology and prey capture.
Keywords: disturbance ecology, spider ecology, arthropod ecology, community ecology, morphology
Education: B.S. in Biology, A.A. in Chemistry, Thomas More University
Research Interests: I am interested in the fall of arthropods from tree canopies (“arthropod rain”) and the fates of those fallen arthropods (climbing back to tree canopies, falling prey to other organisms, etc.). I will quantify the amount and composition of arthropod rain, then conduct elemental analyses of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus. This will allow me to investigate the role arthropod rain plays in nutrient cycling in forest ecosystems.
Keywords: ecology, insect ecology, ants, arthropods, conservation, tropical, temperate, forest
Education: M.S. in Biology – West Liberty University, 2021
Research Interests: crayfish; evolutionary trends and adaptations; functional morphology; natural history; taxonomy & systematic
PhD Student/Graduate Fellow
Education: B.S. in Biology from University of Denver
Research Interests: I am interested in how natural and sexual selection pressures shape communication, behavior, and divergence between populations. I am currently working to identify courtship interactions in the Rhagoletis species complex and assess the contribution of sexual selection to speciation.
Education: BS Human Biology, Indiana University; MSc Medical Mycology, University of Manchester
Research Interests: Microbial ecology, community ecology, fungal foliar endophytes, secondary metabolites, botanical gardens, natural history.
Education: BS. Biology University of Louisville
Research Interests: I’m primarily interested in bryophyte ecology and how different variables (fungi, disturbance, conspecifics, dispersal) affect community assembly. I’m also interested in cave/karst ecosystem ecology. My current research involves bryophyte community assemblages in disturbed karst caves.
B. Agric. (Hons) Animal Science, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, 2015
M. Agric. Animal Biotechnology, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Nigeria, 2019.
Research Interests: Sleep, aging, feeding, and feeding behavior, circadian clock, Human disease model in Drosophila melanogaster.
PhD Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant
Education: B.S. in Biological Sciences from California Polytechnic State University- San Luis Obispo
Research Interests: I am interested in wildlife ecology and the effects of habitat fragmentation on wildlife population movements, community composition, and habitat use. Specifically, I am investigating how wildlife corridors affects species diversity, movement, and genetic dispersal using study populations of ticks, small mammals, and snakes.
Key words: wildlife ecology, small mammals, herpetology, habitat fragmentation, wildlife management