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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.
Mittlebach, Gary

Gary Mittlebach

Professor - Tenure System Emeritus
As an ecologist, I am interested in the evolution and maintenance of biodiversity (the variety of life), and in particular, what determines species diversity at different spatial scales (local to global). Local communities lend themselves to experimental manipulation and my research in this area includes experimental studies in Michigan lakes on fish and invertebrate diversity, a long-term experiment on the drivers of species richness in Michigan grasslands, and studies of behavioral variation ("animal personalities") in sunfish. At broad spatial scales, I work collaboratively with ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and paleontologists to understand the causes of geographical gradients in species diversity.
Mobley, Robert

Robert Mobley Jr.

Graduate Student
Ph.D. Topic: Evolution of sensory ecology in threespine sticklebacks
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
Research interests focus on parasitology and ichthyology, with a special interest in aquatic parasitology. It involves parasite taxonomy, host-parasite relationships, community diversity, and pathology of the ectotherm hosts caused by the parasites. Undergraduate students encouraged to become involved.
Niceley, Shannon

Shannon Niceley

Graduate Student
Advisor: Richard Snider
Oeschger, Katie

Katie Oeschger

Academic Specialist - Continuing; Communications Manager
(517) 432-9819
Ostrom, Nathaniel

Nathaniel Ostrom

Professor - Tenure System
(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.