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Ackles, Acacia

Acacia Ackles

Graduate Student
Ayebare, Samuel

Samuel Ayebare

Graduate Student
Bandla, Ashoka

Ashoka Bandla

Graduate Student
Advisor: Julia Ganz
Bohm, Clifford

Clifford Bohm

Systems Analyst & Graduate Student
Advisor: Fred Dyer
Brady, Melissa Hannay

Melissa Hannay Brady

Graduate Student
bradymel@msu.edu
Advisor: Catherine Lindell
Ph.D. Topic: Bird use of agriculture land cover
Bundy, Jason

Jason Bundy

Graduate Student
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.

Davis, Kayla

Kayla Davis

Graduate Student
Advisor: Elise Zipkin
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
Advisor: 
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
Groendyk, Sarah

Sarah Groendyk

Graduate Student
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.
Jarvey, Julie

Julie Jarvey

Graduate Student
Jaynes, Kyle

Kyle Jaynes

Graduate Student
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.
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.
Lake, Devin

Devin Lake

Graduate Student
Leuenberger, Wendy

Wendy Leuenberger

Graduate Student
Advisor: Elise Zipkin
Lima Borges, Isabela

Isabela Lima Borges

Graduate Student
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
Mack, Caitlin

Caitlin Mack

Graduate Student
Advisor: Richard Snider
McCormick, Kevin (Steven)

Kevin (Steven) McCormick

Graduate Student
Advisor: Kay Holekamp
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
Niceley, Shannon

Shannon Niceley

Graduate Student
Advisor: Richard Snider
Puchalsky, Alice

Alice Puchalsky

Graduate Student
Advisor: Nick Haddad
Riedy, Joseph

Joseph Riedy

Graduate Student
Advisor: Kim Scribner
Rojas, Connie

Connie Rojas

Graduate Student
rojascon@msu.edu
Advisor: Kay Holekamp
 

My research is at the interface of animal behavior and microbial ecology, exploring how an organism's behavior shapes its microbial communities, and how microbial communities, in turn, influence their host's behavioral phenotype. Specifically, I am studying the socioecological predictors affecting microbiome structure in spotted hyenas, and the functional contributions of various body-site specific microbiomes to hyena behavior, physiology, and fitness.

Rupp, Taylor

Taylor Rupp

Graduate Student
Rutkoski, Corinn

Corinn Rutkoski

Graduate Student
Advisor: Sarah Evans
Sawdy, Maggie

Maggie Sawdy

Graduate Student
Advisor: Kay Holekamp
Smith, Seth

Seth Smith

Graduate Student
Advisor: Kim Scribner 
Spagnuolo, Olivia

Olivia Spagnuolo

Graduate Student
Advisor: Kay Holekamp
Utley, Olivia

Olivia Utley

Graduate Student
Wade, Miranda

Miranda Wade

Graduate Student
Advisor: Mariah Meek
Westcott, Samantha

Samantha Westcott

Graduate Student
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.