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Ackles, Acacia

Acacia Ackles

Graduate Student
Aggarwal, Surinder

Surinder Aggarwal

Retired Faculty


Anderson, Hazel

Hazel Anderson

Graduate Student
Ayebare, Samuel

Samuel Ayebare

Graduate Student
Bandla, Ashoka

Ashoka Bandla

Graduate Student
Advisor: Julia Ganz
Beaver, Donald

Donald Beaver

Retired Faculty
Diana Bello-DeOcampo

Diana Bello-DeOcampo

Associate Professor - Fixed Term
(517) 353-2933
Bernard, Joni

Joni Bernard

Adjunct Assistant Professor - Fixed Term
Bohm, Clifford

Clifford Bohm

Systems Analyst & Graduate Student
Advisor: Fred Dyer
Boughman, Janette

Janette Boughman

Professor - Tenure System
 (517) 353-8636

There are somewhere between 2 and 10 million living species on earth – possibly more. What processes create this incredible diversity? The deep and difficult question of how new species form has challenged biologists for a long time. This question is at the heart of my research program. A unifying theme of my work is to understand how an organisms’ behavior generates selection that results in diversification, and how diverse behavior itself evolves under the influence of multiple forms of selection. Behavioral traits are thus the primary phenotypes of interest, but can also be the agents of evolutionary change.

Braasch, Ingo

Ingo Braasch **

Assistant Professor - Tenure System
(517) 432-3484

The Braasch Lab addresses fundamental questions about the genomic and developmental basis of major transitions during the course of vertebrate evolution. We study genomic and morphological novelties in vertebrates at the levels of genome structure, gene family dynamics, and gene regulation and combine comparative genomics with analyses of molecular evolution and developmental genetic approaches using zebrafish (Danio rerio), spotted gar (Lepisosteus oculatus) and other fishes as model systems.

Bradburd, Gideon

Gideon Bradburd

Assistant Professor - Tenure System
How are patterns of genetic variation partitioned across space and through time, and what can we learn about the processes that are generating those patterns?  These questions motivate research in the Bradburd Lab into the causes and consequences of genetic variation, as well as into the mechanisms that explain the generation and maintenance of so much diversity.  We address them from a spatial angle, collecting samples, generating sequence data, and developing statistical methods to learn about natural history and evolutionary biology in a variety of empirical systems.
Brady, Melissa Hannay

Melissa Hannay Brady

Graduate Student
Advisor: Catherine Lindell
Ph.D. Topic: Bird use of agriculture land cover
Breedlove, S. Marc

S. Marc Breedlove

Rosenberg Professor of Neuroscience - Tenure System
(517) 355-1749
Behavioral endocrinology and molecular neuroscience in mammals.
Bromley, Stephen

Stephen Bromley

Retired Faculty
Bronikowski, Anne

Anne Bronikowski

Professor - Tenure System
Research Interests: Life-history genetics, evolutionary ecology, comparative physiology. 
Bundy, Jason

Jason Bundy

Graduate Student
Burnett, Jean

Jean Burnett

Retired Faculty
Bush, Guy

Guy Bush

Hannah Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Cathey, Ben

Ben Cathey

Retired Faculty
Cavalieri, Nikki (Cybil)

Nikki Cavalieri

Graduate Student
Chicoine, Tayler Ulbrich

Tayler Ulbrich Chicoine

Graduate Student
Advisor: Sarah Evans
Clark, Meaghan

Meaghan Clark

Graduate Student
Clark, Stephanie

Stephanie Clark

Graduate Student
Advisor: Nick Haddad
Constantinou, Savvas

Savvas Constantinou

Graduate Student
Advisor: Jason Gallant

I am interested in the gene regulatory networks underlying transdifferentiation and organogenesis during development. I am using weakly electric mormyrid fish and investigating the formation of the larval vs adult electric organ to look into these gene networks. I want to take an evolutionary developmental approach and investigate how the electric organ first developed ancestrally and how modification to the “electric organ” gene network allowed for the diversity in form and function that is seen among mormyroids.

Craft, Lisa

Lisa Craft

Graduate Secretary
(517) 355-4642
Davidson, Ann

Ann Davidson

Research Associate - Fixed Term, Ganz Lab
Davis, Kayla

Kayla Davis

Graduate Student
Advisor: Elise Zipkin
Dloniak, Stephanie

Stephanie Dloniak

Adjunct Assistant Professor - Fixed Term
Chair of the IUCN Hyaena Specialist Group
Dobson, Kara

Kara Dobson

Graduate Student
My research interests involve how plant communities respond to environmental climate change stressors. I am mainly interested in how plants alter their molecular physiology in response to changes in the climate, such as increased drought or salinity. Plants experiencing a climate change stressor may release volatile compounds that can alter neighboring plant communities through plant-plant communication. These stressed plants may also be a catalyst for changes in plant-insect interactions, as well as plant-soil interactions.
Dominguez, Brielle

Brielle Dominguez

Graduate Student
Dworkin, Ian

Ian Dworkin

Adjunct Associate Professor - Fixed Term
Dyer, Fred

Fred Dyer

Professor - Tenure System
(517) 432-9818
Animal behavior; learning and decision-making in insects.
Eiland, Lonnie

Lonnie Eiland

Retired Faculty
Eisthen, Heather

Heather Eisthen**

Professor - Tenure System
(517) 353-1953


Our research concerns the causes of evolutionary changes in the nervous system and the behavioral consequences of these changes. We are focusing on evolution and detection of pheromones in salamanders.


Evans, Sarah

Sarah Evans

Associate Professor - Tenure System
I am interested in how microbial communities respond to their environment, and how this response affects ecosystems. I am particularly interested in responses to predicted changes in rainfall patterns (e.g. more drought and flood), and how microorganisms will influence nitrogen cycling, greenhouse gas production, and agricultural sustainability under these new climate regimes. My lab uses a combination of DNA-based methods, culturing, biogeochemical analyses, modeling and field manipulations. We also ask fundamental questions about how microorganisms assemble into communities, respond and influence host organisms (e.g. rhizosphere or gut microbiome), and adapt to a new environment. 
Farr, Matthew

Matthew Farr

Graduate Student
Advisor: Elise Zipkin

The application of quantitative methods in ecology and conservation is the principal driver for my dissertation research. I develop hierarchical models to parse out the complexities of ecological systems into processes that can be described using multi-level statistical and mathematical models. I utilize the flexibility of a Bayesian statistical framework and rigorous computer programming to implement hierarchical models. The estimates from these models inform wildlife management, and the model development provides a quantitative framework for future ecological and conservation research.

Fitch, Olivia

Olivia Fitch

Graduate Student
Fitzpatrick, Sarah W

Sarah Fitzpatrick

Assistant Professor - Tenure System

I am broadly interested in evolution, ecology, and conservation of natural populations. Research in my lab combines genomic tools, mark-recapture methods, and experiments to study how interactions between gene flow, drift, and selection affect population dynamics and diversity patterns. I am especially interested in gaining a mechanistic understanding of genetic rescue, which is the increase in population growth caused by the infusion of new genetic variation, and in implementing this tool in conservation and management. 

Fitzpatrick, Scott

Scott Fitzpatrick

Academic Specialist - Continuing 
Gallant, Jason

Jason Gallant**

Associate - Tenure System
(517) 884-7756

We are interested in the origin and diversification of novel phenotypic and behavioral traits involved in animal communication signals, as they relate to signal diversity, mate choice, and speciation.  Our model system of choice is the mormyrid electric fish, which enables a highly integrative approach to these questions, combining behavior, physiology, developmental biology, population genetics, and genomes.

Gandhi, Hasand

Hasand Gandhi

Research Technician, Ostrom Lab
(517) 353-5988
Ganz, Julia

Julia Ganz**

Assistant Professor - Tenure System
(517) 432-0733

The goal of our research is to understand how stem cells generate a diverse and complex nervous system using zebrafish as a model system. My laboratory addresses this question focusing on the largest part of the peripheral nervous system – the enteric nervous system (ENS). Our research aims to answer the fundamental question of how the generation of ENS cell lineages is regulated during normal development, in situations that model human disease, and under regenerating conditions. We will not only uncover cellular, genetic, and molecular mechanisms underlying cell fate determination but also contribute to developing therapeutic approaches using stem cells to repair ENS diseases.

Geise, Gregory

Gregory Geise

Adjunct Assistant Professor - Fixed Term
Getty, Tom

Tom Getty

Chair; Professor - Tenure System
(517) 353-9864

My research is in the field of behavioral ecology. I focus on the role of information and uncertainty in various aspects of the ecology and evolution of behavior, including: sexual selection, social behavior, communication, conflict and cooperation, predator-prey interactions, habitat choice and the evolution of adaptive phenotypic plasticity.

Giesy, John

John Giesy

Retired Faculty
Gottfried, Michael

Michael Gottfried

Associate Professor - Tenure System
(517) 432-5480
Biology and paleontology of living and fossil sharks.
Groendyk, Sarah

Sarah Groendyk

Graduate Student
Haddad, Nicholas

Nicholas Haddad

Professor - Tenure System
I am the Director of the Long-Term Ecological Research site located at Kellogg Biological Station. I conduct large ecological experiments to test the effects of habitat loss on ecological systems. I am particularly interested in how to reverse negative effects of habitat loss by reconnecting and diversifying working landscapes. Much of my research focuses on insects, including on the rarest butterfly species in the world.
Hagerman, Howard

Howard Hagerman

Retired Faculty
Hamilton, Stephen

Stephen Hamilton

Professor - Tenure System
(269) 671-2231

My principal research interests involve ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry, with particular attention to aquatic environments and the movement of water through landscapes. I am especially interested in running waters, wetlands and floodplains because they represent an interface between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems that are often biologically diverse and productive. I also like to consider ecosystem processes at the landscape or watershed scale, and I prefer to do research that contributes to our understanding of environmental problems or improves our ability to manage ecosystems. In recent years I have increasingly conducted research on the agricultural ecology and the sustainability of crop production for food and biofuel.

Hancock, Zachary

Zachary Hancock

Research Associate - Fixed Term, Bradburd Lab
Heath-Heckman, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Heath-Heckman**

Assistant Professor - Tenure System
Bacterial symbioses are nearly ubiquitous in the animals, and can be a driving force behind host evolution and development.  My lab studies the genetic, cellular, and molecular basis of beneficial host-microbe interactions using Euprymna scolopes, the Hawaiian bobtail squid, and its luminous symbiont Vibrio fischeri as a model system. In addition, my lab has a great interest in EvoDevo in the Spiralia, including in annelids such as leeches and the cephalopod molluscs. 
Hershberger, Janet

Janet Hershberger

Secretary III; Assistant to the Chair; Communications Manager
(517) 432-9817
Hetherington, Martin

Martin Hetherington

Retired Faculty
Higgins, James

James Higgins

Retired Faculty
Hill, Richard

Richard Hill

Professor - Tenure System Emeritus
My research is currently focused on the biochemistry of reef corals and tridacnid clams. I also publish on mammalian energetics, especially the multiple scales of understanding human energetics.
Hill, Susan

Susan Hill

Professor - Fixed Term - Retired
(517) 353-4528
Development and evolution; regeneration in annelids.
Holekamp, Kay

Kay Holekamp

University Distinguished Professor - Tenure System; Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program Director
(517) 432-3691

Research in my laboratory investigates how social, ecological, and endocrine variables interact during an individual`s early development to influence its subsequent behavior and its reproductive success as an adult. 

Hristova, Ani

Ani Hristova

Graduate Student
Advisor: Barbara Lundrigan
M.S. Topic: Brain shape evolution in the mustelid adaptive radiation
Hugentobler, Sara

Sara Hugentobler

Graduate Student
Advisor: Mariah Meek
Incorvaia, Darren

Darren Incorvaia

Graduate Student
Advisor: Fred Dyer
I study the effects of the social environment on foraging behavior and motivation in bumblebees. I also indirectly study the effects of bee stings on various parts of the body.
Janzen, Fredric

Fredric Janzen

Professor - Tenure System & Director of KBS
(269) 671-2341
Our research interests involve the study of ecology and evolution, including mechanistic work at the molecular and organismal levels, field studies that document the importance of phenotypic variation, and a comparative view of the long-term consequences of this variation. To do so, we often integrate molecular and quantitative genetic techniques with experimental laboratory and field studies. Using these conceptual approaches in concert with comparative techniques enables us to assess important biological issues with an emphasis on elucidating adaptive processes and solving conservation concerns. Our focal study organisms are usually reptiles, especially turtles.
Jarvey, Julie

Julie Jarvey

Graduate Student
Jaynes, Kyle

Kyle Jaynes

Graduate Student
Jeffery, Brooke

Brooke Jeffery

Graduate Student

Hailey Jennings

Graduate Student
Advisor: Janette Boughman 
Johnson, Elizabeth Tinsley

Elizabeth Tinsley Johnson

Assistant Professor - Fixed Term
(517) 432-2523
Joint with Natural Science
Jones, Leonard

Leonard Jones

Research Associate - Fixed Term, Bradburd Lab
Keagy, Jason

Jason Keagy

Adjunct Research Associate - Fixed Term
I am an evolutionary biologist with a strong background in behavioral ecology. I study the evolution of complex traits, with a particular emphasis on cognitive evolution. I study cognitive evolution at multiple levels (species, population, individual, and genome) and how it is affected by multiple selective agents (e.g. sexual selection, social environment, habitat). I currently do this using stickleback fish, but have worked with birds in the past.
Kemmerling, Lindsey

Lindsey Kemmerling

Graduate Student
Advisor: Nick Haddad
Kittredge, Heather

Heather Kittredge

Graduate Student
Advisor: Sarah Evans
I study how genetic information moves between microbes in the soil matrix.  Specifically, my research focuses on how horizontal gene transfer influences the resiliency of soil microbial communities in the face of environmental change.
Klausmeier, Christopher

Christopher Klausmeier

Professor - Tenure System
Our laboratory group seeks to uncover the general principles that organize ecological communities and ecosystems. We focus on phytoplankton and zooplankton, the microscopic plants and animals at the base of lake and ocean food webs. Plankton communities are an ideal focus for this work, because they show striking patterns in space, time, and organization, and are easily manipulated in the lab and field. From a practical point of view, freshwater plankton are important determinants of water quality and marine phytoplankton play major roles in global biogeochemical cycles and perform about half the planet’s primary productivity.
Kline, Ben

Ben Kline

Graduate Student
Advisor: Mariah Meek 
Koenig, Lauren

Lauren Koenig

Graduate Student
Advisor: Tom Getty
I research the development of pain resistance by studying the evolutionary arms race between grasshopper mice and their biochemically defended prey.
Kopachik, Will

Will Kopachik

Associate Professor - Tenure System Emeritus
Lake, Devin

Devin Lake

Graduate Student
Lauff, George

George Lauff

Retired Faculty
Lehto, Whitley

Whitley Lehto

Research Associate, Boughman Lab
Lenski, Richard

Richard Lenski

John Hannah Distinguished Professor of Microbial Ecology - Tenure System
(517) 884-5397
Richard Lenski and his group study the dynamics of phenotypic and genomic evolution in bacteria, viruses, and self-replicating computer programs. Their work includes the famous long-term evolution experiment with E. coli bacteria, which has been running for over 25 years and 60,000 generations. 
Leuenberger, Wendy

Wendy Leuenberger

Graduate Student
Advisor: Elise Zipkin
Lima Borges, Isabela

Isabela Lima Borges

Graduate Student
Lindell, Catherine

Catherine Lindell

Associate Professor - Tenure System
(517) 353-9874 (Natural Science)
(517) 884-1241 (Manly Miles)
We combine theoretical and applied research in studying ecology and behavior of birds and the roles of birds in ecological functions and ecosystem processes. 
Litchman, Elena

Elena Litchman

MSU Foundation Professor  - Tenure System
(269) 671-2338
My lab investigates community ecology of marine and freshwater algae and cyanobacteria and their ecological and evolutionary responses to global change. We use field observations from lakes to the ocean, laboratory experiments and mathematical models to answer diverse questions of fundamental and applied importance, such as how marine phytoplankton adapt to rising temperatures, what determines algal biodiversity, how global change affects harmful algal blooms and how we can use phytoplankton communities for algal biofuels and other bioproducts. We also study community interactions, including competition and mutualism, in other microbes, such as bacteria, both in aquatic and host-associated (gut) environments. 
Logan, Robert

Robert Logan

Graduate Student
Advisor: Sarah Evans
I study the role that microorganisms play in driving biogeochemical cycles at ecosystem scales. Specifically, I try to understand how moisture and sunlight interact with microbes to control plant decomposition in arid lands and help us build better climate models.
Losilla, Mauricio

Mauricio Losilla

Graduate Student
Advisor: Jason Gallant
Lundrigan, Barbara

Barbara Lundrigan

Curator; Associate Professor - Tenure System
(517) 355-6752 (Office)
My research integrates data from a variety of sources − behavior, morphology, and phylogeny − to address questions in mammalian evolution. Current work is focused on investigations of skull and brain morphology in carnivorans and rodents. 
Mack, Caitlin

Caitlin Mack

Graduate Student
Advisor: Richard Snider
Mamoozadeh, Nadya

Nadya Mamoozadeh

Research Associate - Fixed Term, Meek Lab
McCormick, Kevin (Steven)

Kevin (Steven) McCormick

Graduate Student
Advisor: Kay Holekamp
McElhinny, Teresa

Teresa McElhinny

Undergraduate Programs Director; Associate Professor - Fixed Term
(517) 432-5157
McGuire, Jeanette

Jeanette McGuire

Assistant Professor - Fixed Term
(517) 353-5462
My primary research goal is to investigate fundamental questions in evolutionary biology that will enhance conservation efforts. I approach these questions in an integrative way combining theory and techniques from the fields of molecular biology, genetics, behavioral ecology, life-history evolution, and conservation. I am also interested in the evolution of longevity by considering age-specific reproduction and reductions of cellular constraints on lifespan.
Mead, Louise

Louise Mead

Director of Graduate Studies; Specialist
Meek, Mariah

Mariah Meek

Assistant Professor - Tenure System
(517) 353-5478

Work in the Meek lab aims to understand the interactions among molecular ecology, population health and persistence, anthropogenic change, and trait variation, with an emphasis on aquatic systems. Example research projects include examining population differentiation in Chinook salmon using RAD-seq, determining the molecular processes that control steelhead life history trait variation, such as the propensity to migrate, and using next-generation sequencing to understand the interactions between local adaptation and climate change in cold-water fishes.  Our lab actively collaborates with resource managers and agency biologists to ensure our work informs management and conservation decisions. 

Miller, Kyle

Kyle Miller

Associate Professor  - Tenure System
(517) 353-9283
Our lab's goal is to answer the question, “How do axons grow?”. We address this problem by analyzing the biogenesis, transport, and degradation of organelles and cytoskeletal elements in neurons using time-lapse microscopy, mathematical modeling, gene disruption and biophysical analysis. Our integrative studies are conducted in both cultured neurons and in vivo in living Drosophila (fruit fly) embryos. Our hope is that a mechanistic understanding of growth cone motility will lead to better treatments for traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, and chronic neurological diseases.
Mohammed, Nasser

Nasser Mohammed

Graduate Student
Advisor: Chris Klausmeier 
Montgomery, Tracy

Tracy Montgomery

Graduate Student
Advisor: Kay Holekamp
My research focuses on the socioendocrinology of competition, cooperation, and affiliation in spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta).
Morrow, Andrea

Andrea Morrow

Graduate Student
Muzzall, Patrick

Patrick Muzzall

Professor - Tenure System Emeritus
Niceley, Shannon

Shannon Niceley

Graduate Student
Advisor: Richard Snider
Ostrom, Nathaniel

Nathaniel Ostrom

Professor - Tenure System Emeritus
(517) 355-4661
My research focuses on the application of stable isotopes and other approaches for understanding the biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nitrogen in a variety of ecosystems. Current research projects include: (1) understanding novel nitrogen cycling pathways in Lake Vida, Antarctica, (2) the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico, (3) application of the isotopomers of nitrous oxide to evaluate the origins of this greenhouse gas and (4) instrument development to enable real-time and in situ stable isotope measurements.
Ostrom, Peggy

Peggy Ostrom

 Professor - Tenure System Emeritus
(517) 353-9768
Dr. Ostrom studies contemporary problems in modern and ancient ecosystems. Her work includes investigating problems in conservation biology including endangered species, trace gas emissions, and nutrient cycling. Dr. Ostrom has a long history of expertise in stable isotope mass spectrometry and is currently developing novel techniques that can be applied to studies of food webs and global change.
Pan, Vincent

Vincent Pan

Graduate Student
Advisor: Will Wetzel 

Isaac Paredes

Graduate Student
Advisor: Mariah Meek 
Posta, Beth

Beth Posta

Adjunct Scholar - Fixed Term
Puchalsky, Alice

Alice Puchalsky

Graduate Student
Advisor: Nick Haddad
Racicot, Brett

Brett Racicot

Research Technologist I, Braasch Lab
Rasmussen, Pamela

Pamela Rasmussen

Assistant Curator; Assistant Professor - Fixed Term
(517) 353-5428

My current research focuses on the systematics and taxonomy of tropical Asian birds using integrative methods (vocalizations, morphology, ecology, and, with collaborators, genetics). Much of my research involves the delimitation of cryptic species of Asian owls and warblers, which is important to understanding biodiversity levels and setting conservation priorities.

Riedy, Joseph

Joseph Riedy

Graduate Student
Advisor: Kim Scribner
Robbins, Leonard

Leonard Robbins

Retired Faculty
Roberts, Eila

Eila Roberts

Academic Specialist - Continuing
(517) 353-2269
Robinson, Julie

Julie Robinson

Accountant 1
(517) 353-9865
Rupp, Taylor

Taylor Rupp

Graduate Student
Rutkoski, Corinn

Corinn Rutkoski

Graduate Student
Advisor: Sarah Evans
Salome, Sabrina

Sabrina Salome

Laboratory Aide - Holekamp Lab
(517) 353-3771
Saunders, Alyssa

Saunders, Alyssa

Graduate Student
Advisor: Jason Gallant 
Sawdy, Maggie

Maggie Sawdy

Graduate Student
Advisor: Kay Holekamp
Scribner, Kim

Kim Scribner

Professor  - Tenure System
(517) 353-3288
I am an evolutionary ecologist with interests in population genetics, life history, demography, and behavior. Research in my lab involves applications of molecular genetic markers and evolutionary theory to examine questions in ecological genetics and conservation biology including levels of gene flow through heterogeneous landscapes, evolution or life history traits in changing environments, effects of environmental heterogeneity and mating systems on variance in reproductive success, and intra-specific and comparative phylogeography. Student research emphasizes inter-disciplinary training in the field and laboratory in population and behavioral ecology, population genetics, and evolutionary biology. Emphasis is placed on populations of management and conservation concern.
Shah, Alisha

Alisha Shah

Assistant Professor - Tenure System
Research interests: Ecological physiology, evolutionary ecology, conservation, species response to climate change, ectotherms.
In my lab, we are broadly interested in how ectotherms respond to their thermal environments. Our research is grounded in evolutionary ecology and focuses on questions at the organismal, genetic, and community levels. Our goals are to measure eco-physiological patterns in nature, understand the physiological and genetic architecture underlying those patterns and finally, predict how species and communities respond to change.  
Smale, Laura

Laura Smale

Professor - Tenure System
(517) 432-1632
Our research focuses on how the structure and function of the brain have changed at evolutionary transitions from one temporal niche to another, such as when animals that are most active at night have evolved from ones that are most active during the day. Some of this work is focused on how the size and shape of brain structures involved in sensory processing have changed, while other projects focus on the neural mechanisms that actually produce the rhythms.
Smith, James

James Smith

Professor - Tenure System Emeritus
Smith, Seth

Seth Smith

Graduate Student
Advisor: Kim Scribner 
Snider, Richard

Richard Snider

 Professor - Tenure System Emeritus
Spagnuolo, Olivia

Olivia Spagnuolo

Graduate Student
Advisor: Kay Holekamp
Steinman, Katie

Katie Steinman

Business Manager
(517) 432-2747
Stevenson, R. Jan

R. Jan Stevenson

Professor - Tenure System
(517) 432-8083
Algal ecology, aquatic ecology, environmental science.
Straney, Donald

Donald Straney

Retired Faculty
Thompson, Andrew

Andrew Thompson

Research Associate - Fixed Term, Braasch Lab
(517) 432-3485
Toczydlowski, Rachel

Rachel Toczydlowski

Research Associate - Fixed Term, Bradburd Lab
Utley, Olivia

Olivia Utley

Graduate Student
Van doninck, Jasper

Jasper Van doninck

Research Associate - Fixed Term, Zarnetske Lab
My research interests cover various aspects of the use of remote sensing in biodiversity studies. In addition, I like to focus on more technical aspects of remote sensing such as image processing and time series analysis. At the Zarnetske MSU SpaCE Lab, I am studying how disturbance regime across NEON domains can be extracted from Landsat time series. With this information, we can then investigate how disturbance regime is explained by climate, geodiversity, land cover, and past land use across different scales, and how relationships between all these factors affect intraspecific trait variability and biodiversity.
Wade, Miranda

Miranda Wade

Graduate Student
Advisor: Mariah Meek
Waldmann Rosenbaum, Carol

Carol Waldmann Rosenbaum

Graduate Student
Advisor: Elena Litchman 
Wale, Nina

Nina Wale

Assistant Professor - Tenure System
517) 884-5289
We use a highly interdisciplinary approach to understand the ecology & evolution of infectious diseases and their impacts on host health and ecosystem dynamics. Specifically, we study the ecology of parasites in order to better understand the evolution of their traits, such as drug resistance, virulence, and secondary metabolite production. We use a rodent malaria parasite and a little-studied bacterium of zooplankton to understand ecological interactions in a diversity of environments - from inside the body to Michigan’s lakes – and use a wide-range of research techniques, from molecular analyses to theoretical modeling.
Webber, Mukta

Mukta Webber

Retired Faculty
Week, Robert

Robert Week

Research Associate - Fixed Term, Bradburd Lab
Westcott, Samantha

Samantha Westcott

Graduate Student
Wetzel, William

William Wetzel

Assistant Professor - Tenure System
The Wetzel Lab studies the role of variability in ecology. Our work focuses on how changing levels of biological diversity and climate variability influence plants and insects. We work in natural and agricultural ecosystems and strive to answer fundamental questions with implications for environmental issues. We strive to link patterns at population and community scales with mechanisms at the organismal scale. The lab does this by using mathematical and statistical modeling to integrate field and lab data. We also place an emphasis on using meta-analysis, synthesis, and global collaboration to search for general answers to fundamental ecological questions.
White, Diana

Diana White

Technical Aide - Holekamp Lab
Woerner, Jana

Jana Woerner

Graduate Student
Advisor: Kay Holekamp 

Esther Wong

Graduate Student
Advisor: Elena Litchman 
Young, Allison

Allison Young

Graduate Student
Advisor: Fred Dyer
I am broadly interested in social bee foraging behavior. Specifically, my research focuses on how honey bees make moment-to-moment foraging decisions, as well as how these decisions change in response to uncertainty in the environment and relate to species differences in activity and lifespan.
Young, Moriah

Moriah Young

Graduate Student
My PhD research aims to quantify the direct and indirect effects of climate warming and drought on soil biota, plant, and herbivore interactions. There remains a need to understand the mechanisms driving belowground and aboveground interactions, especially how climate change will alter those interactions. Ultimately, this knowledge will advance our ability to forecast climate change effects on ecological communities.
Zarnetske, Phoebe

Phoebe Zarnetske

Associate Professor - Tenure System
(517) 355-7671

The Zarnetske Spatial and Community Ecology Lab uses a combination of observational data, experiments, and statistical and theoretical modeling to connect observed patterns of biodiversity and community composition with underlying mechanisms across local to global scales. We aim to understand and predict how the composition and geographic distributions of species and ecological communities are affected by biotic interactions, species invasions, biophysical feedbacks, geodiversity, climate change, and land-use change. A central goal is to understand which species and ecological communities are most sensitive and/or resilient to climate change, and in turn act as "biotic multipliers" of climate change through their outsized impacts on ecological communities.

Zipkin, Elise

Elise Zipkin

Associate Professor - Tenure System
(517) 884-8039
The Zipkin Quantitative Ecology Lab develops statistical models to unravel some of the world’s most alarming natural mysteries at the intersection of ecology, conservation biology, and the management of biodiversity. We study the status, trends and dynamics of populations and communities – insects, birds, amphibians, fish, reptiles, and mammals. Our mission: to understand and predict how and why nature is changing, the consequences of those changes, and what, if any, action is recommended.