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Tomasini, Matteo

Matteo Tomasini

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
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.
Wassink, Lydia

Lyndia Wassink

Graduate Student
Advisor: Kim Scribner
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
Whittaker, Danielle

Danielle Whittaker

Director of Graduate Studies; Adjunct Specialist
BEACON, Michigan State University
Williams, Mckain

Mckain Williams

Technical Aide - Boughman Lab
Wright, Alexander

Alexander Wright

Graduate Student
Advisor: Elise Zipkin
Overall, I am focused on solving local and regional environmental problems to maintain basic ecosystem health for the relying ecological and human communities. More specifically, I am interested in the interplay of landscape ecology and quantitative ecology in the use and development of conservation science. For my Ph.D. research, I am collaborating with researchers at the USGS to develop management strategies at multiple spatial scales to maintain amphibian communities within the National Capitol Region of the National Park Service through the use of structured-decision making and hierarchical modeling.
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
Research in my Quantitative Ecology Lab aims to understand how habitat and climate influence the distribution and abundance of species. To do this, we develop mathematical and statistical models to study the demographics of populations and communities.
Zylstra, Erin

Erin Zylstra

Research Associate - Fixed Term, Zipkin Lab