Current Students

With approximately 40 students, OEB is large enough to provide opportunities for a wide range of interactions among students, but small enough so that students form a cohesive group. OEB is structured to offer broad, flexible training. Beyond core courses in ecology and evolution, there are few formal course requirements. Instead, each student’s committee tailors a program of coursework to the student’s background and areas of research interests. Students are encouraged to seek extramural funding and publish their research before they complete their degree. Our students have received NSF Predoctoral Fellowships and Doctoral Dissertation Improvements Grants as well as funding from the National Geographic Society, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Lindbergh Foundation and the Switzer Foundation.

OEB students are a diverse and group with broad interests. Students interact with one another through student run seminars and discussion groups, as well as program-wide avenues. Approximately half of our students are women with 3 masters students and 32 doctoral students currently enrolled.

OEB students run a very successful Science Café series designed to engage the broader community in science discourse outside University walls, with a target audience of adult, non-scientific community members. Events take place throughout the academic year. Look under the Outreach tab (above) or click on the Science Café mug (in the right sidebar) to find out more.

Click any student or advisor name to view their directory page.

Name Advisor Research Interest(s)
Derrick Alcott

PhD Candidate

Ted Castro–Santos

Research Ecologist, USGS-S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center

Aquatic ecology, fish passage, anadromous fishes

Lauren V. Alteio

PhD Candidate

Jeffrey L. Blanchard

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Soil Ecology
Microbial Communities
Metatranscriptomics

Matt D. Boyer

PhD Candidate

Lynn Adler

Professor, Biology

Plant-animal interactions

Hannah J. Broadley

PhD Candidate

Joseph S. Elkinton

Professor of Environmental Conservation

Invasive forest insects

Jason Carmignani

PhD Candidate

Allison H. Roy

Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation

Ecology of freshwater fish in anthropogenically altered hydrologic regimes

Mario Ceron Romero

PhD Candidate

Laura A. Katz

Elsie Damon Simonds Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Relationship among recombination, selection, drift and mutation rate to determine the course of the genome evolution

Moira R. Concannon

PhD Candidate

R. Craig Albertson

Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts

Evolution of a morphological novelty in Cichlids

Suzanne Cox

PhD Candidate

Gary B. Gillis

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College

Biomechanics and the influence of physics on evolution

Caroline Curtis

PhD Candidate

Bethany A. Bradley

Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation

Spatial and temporal dynamics of invasive species distributions

Laura Doubleday

PhD Candidate

Lynn Adler

Professor, Biology

Plant-insect interactions

Emily J. Fusco

PhD Candidate

Bethany A. Bradley

Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation

Spatial analysis of fire ecology

Casey Gilman

PhD Candidate

Duncan J. Irschick

Professor, Department of Biology

Lizard locomotion, adhesion, and postcopulatory sexual selection

Sarah Goodwin

PhD Candidate

Jeffrey E. Podos

Professor, Department of Biology

OEB Graduate Program Leader

Song Performance in Communication Networks

Aaron Grade

PhD Student

Paige S. Warren

Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

Conservation and urban ecology of songbirds.

Lian Winslow Guo

PhD Student

Adrian Jordaan

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Ecophysiology, effects of realistic stressors on fish

Mariamar Gutierrez Ramirez

PhD Student

Alexander R. Gerson

Assistant Professor, Biology

Ecological physiology of birds, conservation, Nearctic-Neotropical migratory birds

Laura M. S. Hancock

MS Student

Kristina Stinson

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Plant ecology and invasive species

Yi–Fen Lin

PhD Candidate

Elizabeth R. Dumont

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs;

Director, Interdisciplinary Grad. Programs, CNS;

Professor of Biology

Functional morphology and biomechanics

Meghna N. Marjadi

MS Student

Allison H. Roy

Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation

Anadromous fish biology

Xyrus Maurer–Alcala

PhD Candidate

Laura A. Katz

Elsie Damon Simonds Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Gene family evolution and the nuclear architecture of ciliates

Theresa Murphy

MS Student

Joseph S. Elkinton

Professor of Environmental Conservation

Assessment Spathius galinae as new biological control agent for emerald ash borer

Dina Navon

PhD Candidate

R. Craig Albertson

Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts

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

Evan Charles Palmer Young

PhD Candidate

Lynn Adler

Professor, Biology

Systemic acquired resistance in plant-insect interactions

Daniel A Peterson

PhD Candidate

Benjamin Normark

Professor of Biology

The evolution of host range in scale insects

Grace Pold

PhD Candidate

Kristen DeAngelis

Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology

Soil microbial ecology and biogeochemistry

William G. Rodríguez–Reillo

PhD Candidate

Jeffrey L. Blanchard

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Microbial communities structure in soil

Scott A Schneider

Joint OEB/Entomology PhD Candidate

Benjamin Normark

Professor of Biology

Scale insect systematics, mutualism, domestication, ant agricultural associations

Paul Schueller

PhD Candidate

Benjamin Letcher

Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

Section Leader, Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center

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

Ciaran A. S. Shaughnessy

Ph.D. Candidate

Stephen D. McCormick

Adjunct Professor of Biology

Research Physiologist, Conte Anadromous Fish Lab

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

Andrew J. Smith

PhD Candidate

Elizabeth R. Dumont

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs;

Director, Interdisciplinary Grad. Programs, CNS;

Professor of Biology

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

Anne G. Stengle

PhD Candidate

Paul R Sievert

Research Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

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

Katherine (Kit) M. Straley

PhD Candidate

Paige S. Warren

Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

Urban ecology, animal behavior, ornithology, conservation biology

Amy Strauss

PhD Candidate

Jeffrey E. Podos

Professor, Department of Biology

OEB Graduate Program Leader

Vocal communication & acoustic signaling in songbirds

Abby Vander Linden

PhD Student

Elizabeth R. Dumont

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs;

Director, Interdisciplinary Grad. Programs, CNS;

Professor of Biology

Mammal functional morphology and evolution

Yong Zhang

PhD Candidate

Li–Jun Ma

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Comparative fungal genomics