OEB Office: 206 French Hall
Phone: 413.545.0928

OEB Program Leader: Jeff Podos

OEB Program Manager: Penny Jaques

Mailing Address:
OEB Graduate Program
204C French Hall
University of Massachusetts Amherst
230 Stockbridge Road
Amherst, MA 01003-9316

Name Contact Information Research Interests
Lynn Adler

Professor, Biology

102D Fernald Hall

Ecology and evolution of insect-plant interactions

R. Craig Albertson

Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts

336 Morrill II South

Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Derrick Alcott

PhD Student

US Geological Survey S.O. Conte Lab
1 Migratory Way, Turners Falls, MA, 01376

Aquatic ecology, fish passage, anadromous fishes

Peter Alpert

Professor, Biology

Room 100A, Clark Hall

Ecology of plant invasion, resource capture and utilization by clonal plants.

Lauren V. Alteio

PhD Student

Soil Ecology
Community Interactions

Anne Averill

Professor, Environmental Conservation

Room 301A, Holdsworth Hall

Insect pollinators and pollination services in managed ecosystems

Courtney C. Babbitt

Assistant Professor and Honors Faculty, Department of Biology

330 Morrill 2

Evolutionary Genomics

Madelaine Bartlett

Assistant Professor, Biology

Room 108C, Morrill Science Center III

Evolution of plant development; Molecular evolution

Tobias Baskin

Professor, Biology

106C Morrill III South

Regulation of Plant Morphogenesis During Growth & Development

Annaliese Beery

Assistant Professor, Departments of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Biology, Smith College

Sabin-Reed 433, Smith College

Neuroendocrinology of social behavior

Jesse Bellemare

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

24B Sabin-Reed, Smith College

Plant ecology, biogeography and evolution

Eric L. Bittman

Professor, Department of Biology

420G Morrill III South

Circadian Rhythms, Reproduction, and Seasonal Changes in Brain Function

Jeffrey L. Blanchard

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

LSL N571

Microbial cellular and community networks; influence of environmental change on the evolution of molecular processes; systems biology; bioinformatics

Jeffrey D. Blaustein

Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Director, Neuroscience and Behavior Program

536 Tobin

Neuroendocrinology, Hormone-Neurotransmitter Interactions, Hormones and Behavior, Reproductive Endocrinology, Peripubertal Stress and Reproduction

Matt D. Boyer

PhD Candidate


Plant-animal interactions

Bethany A. Bradley

Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation

318 Holdsworth

Biogeography and spatial ecology of terrestrial plant invasions

Patricia Brennan

Research Assistant Professor of Biology and Psychological & Brain Sciences

125 MIddlesex

Evolutionary consequences of interactions between behavior, morphology and the environment

Hannah J. Broadley

PhD Candidate

Ag. Eng. Rm 115

Invasive forest insects

Jill L. Bubier

Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Mount Holyoke College

Clapp Laboratory, Mount Holyoke College

Carbon cycling in northern wetlands

John P. Buonaccorsi

Professor of Mathematics and Statistics

1435K Lederle

Statistical theory, methods and applcations, Quantitative ecology

Bruce Byers

Associate Professor of Biology

348 Morrill 2

Acoustic communication in birds

Ana Caicedo

Associate Professor, Biology

Room N425, Life Sciences Laboratories

Evolutionary genomics of adaptation and divergence in wild, weedy and crop plant species

Graham Caldwell

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

105 Totman

Muscle mechanics and modeling in human motor performance

Jason Carmignani

PhD Candidate

Ecology of freshwater fish in anthropogenically altered hydrologic regimes

Theodore Castro–Santos

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology

Biomechanics and Behavior of Migratory Fishes; Bioengineering of Fish Passage Structures

Ethan D. Clotfelter

Associate Professor of Biology, Amherst College

229 McGuire Life Sciences, Amherst College

Reproductive behavior of birds and fishes

Moira R. Concannon

PhD Candidate

336 Morrill 2

Evolution of a morphological novelty in Cichlids

Daniel R. Cooley

Professor of Plant Pathology, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Clark Hall 103

Epidemiology, ecology and sustainable management of plant diseases

Suzanne Cox

PhD Candidate

332 Morrill 2

Biomechanics and the influence of physics on evolution

Cristina Cox Fernandes

Adjunct Research Associate Professor and Curator of Fishes, Department of Biology

142 Morrill II South

Ecology and evolutionary diversity of neotropical freshwater fishes, particularly within the Amazon River

Caroline Curtis

PhD Candidate

Spatial and temporal dynamics of invasive species distributions

Andy J. Danylchuk

Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation

311 Holdsworth

Fish conservation, recreational fisheries, sustainable aquaculture

Kristen DeAngelis

Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology

N573 Life Science Lab

Community ecology and physiology of soil microbes, climate change, plant-soil interactions

Stephen DeStefano

Research Professor of Environmental Conservation

USGS Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Leader

329 Holdsworth

Urban and suburban wildlife, forest wildlife, and human-wildlife interactions

Robert L. Dorit

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Ford Hall 114, Smith College

Molecular evolution; comparative & statistical approaches to molecular & genome evolution

Laura Doubleday

PhD Candidate

102E Fernald

Plant-insect interactions

Gerald B. Downes

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

427C Morrill 2

Development and function of spinal cord networks

Elizabeth R. Dumont

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs;

Director, Interdisciplinary Grad. Programs, CNS;

Professor of Biology

321 Morrill 2

Vertebrate Morphology

Joseph S. Elkinton

Professor of Environmental Conservation

310 Ag Engineering

Population dynamics and biological control of invasive forest insects

Aaron Ellison

Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Forest, Harvard University

Adj. Res. Professor of Biology, UMass

324 Main Street, Petersham, MA

Assembly and disassembly in ecological systems

John Finn

Professor of Environmental Conservation

313A Holdsworth

Network Analysis of Acoustic Telemetry

Todd K. Fuller

Professor of Environmental Conservation

128 Holdsworth

Mammalian population ecology and natural history

Emily J. Fusco

PhD Candidate

spatial analysis of fire ecology

Alexander R. Gerson

Assistant Professor, Biology

409 Morrill 3

Integrative ecological physiology of birds, energetics, water balance, bird migration

Cynthia Gill

Associate Professor of Natural Sciences, Hampshire College

Cole Science Center 305, Hampshire College

Human and comparative physiology, neuroscience, endocrinology, herpetology, conservation biology, and behavioral biology

Gary B. Gillis

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College

120 Clapp, Mount Holyoke College

Biomechanics and neuromuscular control of vertebrate locomotion

Casey Gilman

PhD Candidate

205 Morrill 3

Lizard locomotion, adhesion, and postcopulatory sexual selection

Sarah Goodwin

PhD Candidate

356 Morrill 2

Song Performance in Communication Networks

Steven Goodwin

Dean, College of Natural Sciences

Professor of Microbiology

106 Stockbridge Hall

Aaron M Grade

PhD Student


Avian ecology, behavioral ecology, bioacoustics and animal communication, conservation, landscape ecology, urban ecology

Evan Grant

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation

Research Wildlife Biologist, Conte Anadromous Fish Lab

Conte Anadroumous Fish Laboratory, Turners Falls, MA

Ecology and management of amphibian populations and habitat

Curtice R. Griffin

Professor and Department Head of Environmental Conservation


Wildlife ecology and conservation

Lian Winslow Guo

PhD Student

Joseph Hamill

Professor, Department of Kinesiology

Professor and Associate Dean of Research, School of Public Health and Health Sciences

238 Totman

Biomechanics of human locomotion

Laura M. S. Hancock

MS Student

Plant ecology, community ecology, invasive species

Alex Haro

Adjunct Professor of Environmental Conservation

Ecologist and Section Leader, Fish Passage Engineering S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center

Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center-USGS, Turners Falls, MA

Fish behavior and migration; fish passage

Brigitte M. Holt

Associate Professor of Anthropology

103 Machmer

Biocultural evolution of the genus Homo, functional morphology and biomechanics of the appendicular skeleton, paleoecology, forager ecology, Old World prehistory, Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene ecology, bone mass and physical activity.

Michael Hood

Associate Professor of Biology, Amherst College

352 McGuire LIfe Sciences Building

Evolutionary forces that shape systems of inheritance and disease transmission

Martha Hoopes

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College

214 Clapp, Mount Holyoke College

Spread dynamics, impacts, and lag times in invasion ecology, as well as metacommunity dynamics, particularly for plants and herbivores.

Peter W. Houlihan

Senior Lecturer in Biology

352 Morrill II South

Animal Behavior, Vertebrate Ecology, and Conservation Biology

Yinan Hu

PhD Candidate

336 Morrill 2

Evolutionary mechanisms of craniofacial variation in African cichlids and Antarctica notothenioids

Duncan J. Irschick

Professor, Department of Biology

205C Morrill III

Functional Morphology, Evolution, and Behavioral Ecology

Elizabeth M. Jakob

Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

109 Middlesex

Animal behavior, especially perception, learning, and social behavior

Alice (Penny) Jaques

OEB Program Manager

319 Morrill 3

Abigail Jensen

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

108C Morrill III South

Molecular and cellular mechanisms of vertebrate retinal development and retinal disease.

Norman A. Johnson

Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Biology & Environmental Conservation

440 Morrill North

Evolutionary genetics, evolution of development

Adrian Jordaan

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

309 Holdsworth

Ecosystems, modeling, tagging, movement, trophic dynamics, diadromous, marine,
fisheries, historical ecology

Jason M. Kamilar

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

102 Machmer Hall

Comparative biology of primates and other mammals

Rolf O. Karlstrom

Professor, Department of Biology

330 Morrill 2

Developmental neurobiology; axon guidance and forebrain patterning

Laura A. Katz

Elsie Damon Simonds Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

201 Burton Hall, Smith College

Genome evolution and biodiversity studies of microbial eukaryotes

Diane A. Kelly

Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Tobin Hall

Neurobiology, biomechanics, and evolution of reproductive systems.

Jane Kent

Professor of Kinesiology

22 Totman

Muscle physiology

David King

Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Environmental Conservation

Research Wildlife Biologist USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, Amherst

201 Holdsworth

Wildlife ecology and conservation

Chi–Yun Kuo

PhD Candidate

213 Morrill South

Tail autotomy in lizards

Agnès Lacreuse

Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

531 Tobin

Sex hormones and cognition across the lifespan in primates

Michael L. Lavine

Professor, Mathematics and Statistics

1623E LGRT

Statistical Theory and Methods

R. Mark Leckie

Professor and Department Head, Geosciences

252 Morrill 4

Micropaleontology, Biostratigraphy, Paleoceanography

Benjamin Letcher

Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

Section Leader, Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center

Conte Anadromous Fish Lab, Turners Falls, MA 01376-0796

Population ecology of stream fishes

Rachel A. Levin

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Amherst College

McGuire Life Sciences Building, Amherst College

Plant systematics, biogeography and ecology

Yi–Fen Lin

PhD Candidate

321 Morrill 2

Functional morphology and biomechanics

Skye M. Long

PhD Candidate

105 Middlesex

Functional neurobiology of spider brains

Li–Jun Ma

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

LSL N433

Fungal comparative genomics, eukaryotic genome evolution and organism adaptation

Meghna N. Marjadi

MS Student

1st year student

Xyrus Maurer–Alcala

PhD Candidate

Smith College

Gene family evolution and the nuclear architecture of ciliates

Stephen D. McCormick

Adjunct Professor of Biology

Research Physiologist, Conte Anadromous Fish Lab

Conte Anadromous Fish Lab, Turners Falls, MA 01376-0796

Environmental Physiology of Fish

Kevin McGarigal

Professor of Environmental Conservation

304 Holdsworth

Landscape ecology, ecosystem management, wildlife ecology

Jill Miller

Associate Professor of Biology, Amherst College

224 McGuire Life Sciences Building, Amherst College

Ecology and evolution of plant reproductive systems, molecular phylogenetic systematics, population and evolutionary genetics, hybridization and speciation

Daniel M. Moen

Darwin Postdoctoral Fellow

Shade Tree Lab

Evolution of ecology, morphology, and performance

Theresa Murphy

MS Student

1st year student

Dina Navon

PhD Candidate

Albertson Lab

Genetic basis of plasticity in the African cichlid and threespine stickleback adaptive radiations

Keith H. Nislow

Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

Research Fishery Biologist, USDA Forest Service

201 Holdsworth

Ecology and conservation biology of stream fishes and invertebrates

Benjamin Normark

Professor of Biology

Fernald Hall 104

Evolution of alternative genetic systems; evolution of host range; scale insect systematics

Melinda Novak

Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

439 Tobin

Behavior of microtines and primates

Klaus Nüsslein

Professsor of Microbiology

N326B Morill I-N

Microbial ecology of terrestrial and aquatic environments

Evan Charles Palmer Young

PhD Candidate

102F Fernald

Systemic acquired resistance in plant-insect interactions

Sarah Partan

Associate Professor, School of Cognitive Science, Hampshire College

131 Adele Simmons Hall, Hampshire College

Visual and acoustic communication in mammals

Adam Pepi

5 YR MS student

Population ecology, forest ecology, invasive species

Daniel A Peterson

PhD Candidate

105 Fernald

The evolution of host range in scale insects

Jeffrey E. Podos

Professor, Department of Biology

OEB Graduate Program Leader

360 Morrill II South

Mechanisms and evolution of vertebrate behavior, bioacoustics

Grace Pold

PhD Student

LSL 560B

Soil microbial ecology and biogeochemistry

Adam H. Porter

Associate Professor of Biology

Admissions Committee Chair, OEB

440 Morrill 1 (North)

Evolutionary biology; hybridization, introgression & speciation; ecological genetics; evolution of regulatory genetic pathways; computer and mathematical modeling; invasion and range expansion; insects, especially butterflies and moths

Stan P. Rachootin

Professor of Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College

3D Clapp, Mount Holyoke College

Evolution and development, history of evolutionary theory

Mariamar Guitterez Ramirez

PhD Student

Luke Remage–Healey

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

525 Tobin

Neural basis of behavior

Stephen Rich

Professor of Microbiology

209B Fernald Hall

Molecular Evolution and Population Genomics of Arthropod-borne Microbial Pathogens

Alan M. Richmond

Lecturer in Biology

Curator of Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles , NaturalHistory Collections

457 Morrill IV South

Phylogeography of New England amphibians and reptiles

Margaret (Peg) Riley

Professor of Biology

304A Morrill III

Microbial molecular evolution and ecology

William G. Rodríguez–Reillo

PhD Candidate

Life Science Laboratories N-560

Microbial communities structure in soil

Mario Alberto Romero

PhD Student

1st year student

Charles Ross

Associate Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Hampshire College

Cole Science Center, Hampshire College

Ecological and evolutionary genetics of hybrid zones and speciation

Allison H. Roy

Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation

317 Holdsworth

Freshwater ecology, fish and macroinvertebrates, urban ecology, conservation

Scott Schneider

Joint OEB/Entomology PhD Candidate

104 Fernald

Scale insect systematics, trophobiotic associations with ants

Paul Schueller

PhD Candidate

Conte Fish Research Lab, Turners Falls, MA

Population genetics, movement patterns, and population persistence of brook trout in the Connecticut River basin

Tristram Seidler

Extension Assistant Professor, Biology

401B Morrill Science Center

Plant ecology, plant diversity, invasive plants, climate change

David A. Sela

Assistant Professor, Food Science

340 Chenoweth Laboratory

Host-microbe coevolution, microbial genomics & ecology, host dietary influences on microbiota form and function

Ciaran A. S. Shaughnessy

Ph.D. Student

Comparative physiology. Organismal, cellular, and molecular adaptations to migration.

Lynnette Sievert

Professor of Anthropology


Evolution of menopause

Paul R Sievert

Research Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

319 Holsdworth

Conservation biology, physiological ecology and biostatistics

Andrew J. Smith

PhD Candidate

321 Morrill 2

Early mammalian feeding mechanics, mammal tooth morphology, phylogenetic comparative methods

L. David Smith

Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program

229 Sabin Reed

Ecology and evolution of marine predator-prey interactions

Anne G. Stengle

PhD Candidate

Habitat selection, connectivity, and viability of a timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) metapopulation in southwestern Massachusetts

Kristina Stinson

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

217 Holdsworth

Plant Ecology, Invasive Plants, Biological Responses to Global Change

John Stoffolano

Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

204A Fernald Hall

Behavior and physiology of flies especially of the adult crop organ and the mechanisms regulating filling and depletion

Katherine (Kit) M. Straley

PhD Candidate

Holdsworth 207B

Urban ecology, foraging behavior, ornithology

Amy Strauss

PhD Candidate

332 Morril II South

Vocal communication & acoustic signaling in songbirds

Sevan Suni

Darwin Postdoctoral Fellow

109 Shade Tree Lab

Effects of ecology and environmental change on genetic variation

Alexander Suvorov

Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

149 A Goessman Building

Effects on behavior by environmental xenobiotics with endocrine disruptive properties

Ethan J. Temeles

Professor of Biology, Amherst College

225 McGuire Life Sciences Building, Amherst College

Foraging behavior; Territoriality; Intra- and Interspecific competition; Resource partitioning; Mutualism; Coevolution;
Sexual dimorphisms and polymorphisms

Brian R. Umberger

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

106 Totman

Biomechanics and energetics of hominin locomotion

Abby Vander Linden

PhD Student

Morrill 2

Elsbeth Walker

Gilgut Professor, Biology

129A Morrill III South

Molecular genetic approaches to studying mechanisms of metal ion homeostasis in plants

Paige S. Warren

Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

216 Holdsworth

Urban ecology, human-environment interactions, animal behavior

Andrew Whiteley

Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation

107 Holdsworth

Conservation genetics and evolutionary ecology of fishes

Yong Zhang

PhD Candidate

Comparative fungal genomics

R. Thomas Zoeller

Professor, Department of Biology

412A Morrill III South

Environmental endocrine disrupters

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