Graduate Student Directory

Baker, Denae

Denae Baker

Advisor: Richard Snider

 bakerde1@msu.edu

 

Baumgartner, Beth

Beth Baumgartner

Advisor: Richard Snider

 baumga62@msu.edu

M.S. Topic: Evaluation of educational effectiveness of both real and virtual immersion exhibits

Booms, Andy

Andy Booms

Advisor: Kay Holekamp

 boomsan1@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Gene flow in spotted hyenas

Brady, Melissa

Melissa Brady

Advisor: Catherine Lindell

 bradymel@msu.edu

Bundy, Jason

Jason Bundy

Advisor: Richard Lenski

 bundyjas@msu.edu

Cavalieri, Nikki (Cybil)

Nikki (Cybil) Cavalieri

Advisor: Barbara Lundrigan

 cavali13@msu.edu

Cieplechowicz, Leslie

Leslie Cieplechowicz

Advisor: Richard Snider

  cieplech@msu.edu

My research is developing a husbandry care manual for captive Przewalski's horses for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

DeNieu, Michael

Michael DeNieu

 denieumi@msu.edu

 

Desotelle, Micaleila

Micaleila Desotelle

Advisor: Stephen Hamilton 

 desotell@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Food web patterns and nutrient cycling in river ecosystems

 

Draheim, Hope

Hope Draheim

Advisor: Kim Scribner

 draheimh@msu.edu

Ph.D Topic: Landscape genetics of black bears

Eaton, Rachael

Rachael Eaton

Advisor: Catherine Lindell

 eatonrac@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Behavioral ecology of avian foraging and predator-prey dynamics

Garnett, Sara

Sara Garnett

Advisor: Tom Getty

 garnett3@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Kin-directed growth as a strategy to maximize inclusive fitness

Green, David

David Green

Advisor: Kay Holekamp

 greend31@msu.edu

Ph.D Topic: Implications of spotted hyena demography and behavior for the conservation of African biodiversity

Greenberg, Julia

Julia Greenberg

Advisor: Kay Holekamp

 greenb84@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Developmental Flexibility in Spotted Hyenas: The Role of Maternal and Anthropogenic Effects

Hall, Kevin

Kevin Hall

Advisor: Barry Williams

 kwhall@msu.edu

Hanly, Patrick

Patrick Hanly

Advisor: Gary Mittelbach

 hanlypat@msu.edu

Ph.D Topic: The influence of dispersal on plankton metacommunity dynamics

Haslun, Joshua

Joshua Haslun

Advisor: Nathaniel Ostrom

 haslunjo@msu.edu

Hauff, Briana

Briana Hauff

Advisor: Peggy Ostrom

 hauffbri@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Impacts of local stress on coral symbionts in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary: Implications of genetic variance for conservation strategies

Hunt, Seth

Seth Hunt

Advisor: R. Jan Stevenson

 huntseth@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Sediment nutrient effects on oxygen demand in streams

Ikime, Timothy

Timothy Ikime

Advisor: Kay Holekamp

  ikimetim@msu.edu

M.S. Topic: Applications of Geographic Information System Technology (GIS) to wildlife management in Kenya

I'm researching spotted hyenas diurnal movement patterns and space use in the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

Johnson-Ulrich, Lily

Lily Johnson-Ulrich

Advisor: Kay Holekamp

  john3923@msu.edu

I'm studying cognition in spotted hyenas. In particular I'm investigating some predictions of the social intelligence hypothesis by examining the social factors that affect inhibitory control and I'm also looking at the effects of urbanization on behavioral flexibility. 

 

Jones, Sarah Christine

Sarah Christine Jones

Advisor: Kay Holekamp

 joness94@msu.edu

Kincaid, Dustin

Dustin Kincaid

Advisor: Stephen Hamilton

 kincai32@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Biogeochemical cycling and sediment-water interactions in flocculent sediments in shallow freshwater ecosystems

My research focuses on understanding how hydrology, geochemistry, and ecology interact at the sediment-water interface to influence surface water chemistry, sediment toxicity, and greenhouse gas emissions in shallow freshwater ecosystems. My dissertation research focuses on how flocculent, or loosely consolidated, organic-rich sediments influence biogeochemical cycling and microbial community composition in shallow freshwater ecosystems.

Kjelvik, Melissa

Melissa Kjelvik

Advisor: Gary Mittelbach

 kjelvikm@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Ecological consequences of the shy/bold behavioral tradeoff in juvenile bluegill sunfish

Kohn, Cory

Cory Kohn

Advisor: Barry Williams

 kohncory@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Digital evolution in experimental phylogenetics and molecular evolution

Krieg, Cara

Cara Krieg

Advisor: Tom Getty

 kriegca1@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Sex-differences in competitive traits in house wrens

Kuczynski, Michael

Michael Kuczynski

Advisor: Tom Getty

 kuczyns8@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Influence of life history trade-offs on sexual signaling and sexual selection

Laubach, Zachary

Zachary Laubach

Advisor: Kay Holekamp

 laubachz@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic:  Associations of social environment and epigenetic mechanisms underlying individual variation in stress reactivity among spotted hyenas

Lehmann, Kenna

Kenna Lehmann

Advisor: Kay Holekamp

 lehman29@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: The function of vocal communication in spotted hyenas

Lewin, Nora

Nora Lewin

Advisor: Kay Holekamp

  lewinnor@msu.edu

My research investigates proximate mediation of life history traits within a social hierarchy. 

Lin, Shengpan

Shengpan Lin

Advisor: R. Jan Stevenson

 shengpan@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Linkages between climate change (Extreme events-->Algal blooms) and water quality

Liu, Bo

Bo Liu

Advisor: R. Jan Stevenson

  liubo3@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Advancing diatom indicators for freshwater lake ecosystem management

 

Losilla, Mauricio

Mauricio Losilla

Advisor: Ian Dworkin

 losillam@msu.edu

Maddamsetti, Rohan

Rohan Maddamsetti

Advisor: Richard Lenski

 maddamse@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Epistasis and rates of evolution

Marzec, Sarah

Sarah Marzec

Advisor: Ian Dworkin

 marzecs1@msu.edu

McCormick, Kevin (Steven)

Kevin (Steven) McCormick

Advisor: Kay Holekamp

 mccor187@msu.edu

McGill, Bonnie

Bonnie McGill

Advisor: Stephen Hamilton

  mcgillbo@msu.edu

My research traces the fate of inorganic carbon in row crop soils in the form of either crushed lime (calcium carbonate) to buffer soil pH or as bicarbonate naturally dissolved in groundwater used for irrigation.  In the soil these carbonates can act as either a source of CO2 to the atmosphere or a sink for keeping additional CO2 out of the atmosphere. 

Mobley, Robert

Robert Mobley

Advisor: Jenny Boughman

 mobleyro@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Evolution of sensory ecology in threespine sticklebacks

Montgomery, Tracy

Tracy Montgomery

Advisor: Kay Holekamp

 montg215@msu.edu

Morra, Kaycee

Kaycee Morra

Advisor: Peggy Ostrom

 morrakay@msu.edu

Morrow, Andrea

Andrea Morrow

Advisor: Barbara Lundrigan

 morrowa6@msu.edu

Nalley, Jakob

Jakob Nalley

Advisor: Elena Litchman

 nalleyja@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Optimizing algal biofuel production through the lens of community ecology

Niceley, Shannon

Shannon Niceley

Advisor: Richard Snider

 niceleys@msu.edu

O'Donnell, Daniel

Daniel O'Donnell

Advisor: Elena Litchman

 odonn146@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Using experimental evolution and trait-based approaches to study phytoplankton community ecology

Orlic, Christian

Christian Orlic

Advisor: Richard Lenski

 orlicchr@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Contingency in experimental evolution

Pariji, Abhijna

Abhijna Parigi

Advisor: Ian Dworkin

 parigiab@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Anti-predator behavioral evolution in Drosophila melanogaster

Roels, Steven

Steven Roels

Advisor: Catherine Lindell

 steveroels@gmail.com

Ph.D. Topic: Avian ecology in Panamanian forest restorations

I study avian ecology in tropical forest restorations. Specifically, I am researching the role of insectivorous birds as ecosystem service providers that reduce insect damage to restoration trees.

Salk, Kateri

Kateri Salk

Advisor: Nathaniel Ostrom

 salkkate@msu.edu

My research focuses on the environmental factors controlling nitrogen cycling in aquatic ecosystems. I am especially interested in the effects of anthropogenic nutrient loading on microbial nitrogen removal processes and greenhouse gas production.

Shave, Megan

Megan Shave

Advisor: Catherine Lindell

 shavemeg@msu.edu

Ph.D. topic: Conservation and agricultural applications of orchard nest boxes for a declining raptor species.

Strauss, Eli

Eli Strauss

Advisor: Kay Holekamp

 straus46@msu.edu

Sussman, Allison

Allison Sussman

Advisor: Elise Zipkin

 sussman7@msu.edu

Testa, Nick

Nick Testa

Advisor: Alexander Shingleton

 testanic@msu.edu

Turner, Julie

Julie Turner

Advisors: Tom Getty, Kay Holekamp

 turne239@msu.edu

Vaelli, Patric

Patric Vaelli

Advisor: Heather Eisthen

 vaellipa@msu.edu

Wegener, Sarah

Sarah Wegener

Advisor: Heather Eisthen

 wegene12@msu.edu

Weigel, Emily

Emily Weigel

Advisor: Jenny Boughman

  weigelem@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Sexual selection and decision-making in threespine sticklebacks

I study what makes males sexy, and why females choose them, and what can happen (evolutionarily) when males and females invest in poor partners.

Wilburn, Paul

Paul Wilburn

Advisor: Elena Litchman

 wilburn4@msu.edu

Ph.D. Topic: Genomic signatures and of metabolic contraints in spatially endemic photosynthetic eukaryotes

Williams, Sean

Sean Williams

Advisor: Catherine Lindell

 will2424@msu.edu

Wiser, Michael

Michael Wiser

Advisor: Richard Lenski

 wisermic@msu.edu