OEB Mailing Address:
203 French Hall
University of Massachusetts Amherst
230 Stockbridge Road
Amherst, MA 01003-9316

Please submit general inquiries to the IDGP Office using the following Google form:

Name Contact Information Research Interests
Kimberly Acevedo

PhD Candidate

Lynn Adler

Professor, Biology

102D Fernald Hall

Ecology and evolution of insect-plant interactions

Ragib Ahsan

PhD Candidate

R. Craig Albertson

Professor, Biology

336 Morrill II South

Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Dominique R. Alfandari

Professor of Developmental Biology, Veterinary and Animal Sciences

661 North pleasant street, ISB 427B

Cell migration in Developmental systems

Godwin Ani

PhD Student

Courtney C. Babbitt

Associate Professor, Biology

Associate Professor, Commonwealth Honors College

Morrill 2, Room 360

Evolutionary Genomics

Jori Barley

PhD Candidate

Jacob R. Barnett

PhD Candidate

Madelaine Bartlett

Associate Professor, Biology

374B Morrill IV South

Evolution of plant development; Molecular evolution

Tobias Baskin

Professor, Biology

375F Morrill IV South

Regulation of Plant Morphogenesis During Growth & Development

Rozy Bathrick

PhD Student

Anna Baynes

PhD Student

Jesse Bellemare

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

24B Sabin-Reed, Smith College

Plant ecology, biogeography and evolution

Eric L. Bittman

Professor Emeritus, Biology

420G Morrill III South

Circadian Rhythms, Reproduction, and Seasonal Changes in Brain Function

Jeffrey L. Blanchard

Associate Professor, Biology

Morrill III Room409

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

Bethany A. Bradley

Professor, Environmental Conservation

318 Holdsworth

Biogeography and spatial ecology of terrestrial plant invasions

Patricia Brennan

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Mt. Holyoke College

50 College Street, MHC, South Hadley, MA 01075

Evolutionary consequences of interactions between behavior, morphology and the environment

Jill L. Bubier

Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science, Mt. Holyoke College

Clapp Laboratory, Mount Holyoke College

Carbon cycling in northern wetlands

John P. Buonaccorsi

Professor Emeritus, Mathematics and Statistics

1435K Lederle

Statistical theory, methods and applcations, Quantitative ecology

Rachel Bell Burten

PhD Candidate

Machmer W16

Primate ecology and evolution, color evolution, microbiome, biogeography, conservation

Bruce Byers

Associate Professor, Biology

348 Morrill 2

Acoustic communication in birds

Ana Caicedo

Professor, Biology

Room N425, Life Sciences Laboratories

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

Graham Caldwell

Associate Professor, Kinesiology

105 Totman

Muscle mechanics and modeling in human motor performance

Theodore Castro–Santos

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biology

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

Brian S. Cheng

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Marine global change ecology and the dynamics of predator-prey interactions

Chris Claypool

PhD Candidate

Laboratory Office: 362 Morrill Science Center

Mailbox: 206 French Hall

Neurocognitive evolution and development in great apes

Seanne Reyes Clemente

PhD Candidate

Fernald 102A

pollinators, secondary compounds, self-medication, chemical ecology

Ethan D. Clotfelter

Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, Amherst College

229 McGuire Life Sciences, Amherst College

Reproductive behavior of birds and fishes

Erin Conlon

Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics

1436 Lederle Grad Research Tower

Statistical methods in genomics and bioinformatics

Daniel R. Cooley

Professor of Plant Pathology, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

315 Paige Laboratory

Epidemiology, ecology and sustainable management of plant diseases

Cristina Cox Fernandes

Lecturer/Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Biology

Curator of Fishes, Natural History Collections

142 Morrill II South

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

Kato Csanadi–Schwartz

PhD Student

Andy J. Danylchuk

Professor, Environmental Conservation

311 Holdsworth

Fish conservation, recreational fisheries, sustainable aquaculture

Kristen M. DeAngelis

Professor, Microbiology

N573 Life Science Lab

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

Graziella V. DiRenzo

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Assistant Unit Leader, USGS Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research

Quantitative ecology, population dynamics, applied ecology

Robert L. Dorit

Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Ford Hall 114, Smith College

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

Joseph S. Elkinton

Professor, Environmental Conservation

310 Ag Engineering

Population dynamics and biological control of invasive forest insects

Jenn Fair

Research Hydrologist, USGS Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center

Stefanie Farrington

PhD Student

David Farris

PhD Student

Matthew Fertakos

PhD Student

Laura Figueroa

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Agroecology, applied ecology, pollinator health, invertebrate monitoring

John Finn

Professor Emeritus, Environmental Conservation

313A Holdsworth

Network Analysis of Acoustic Telemetry

Leticja Flamuraj

MS Student

Lillian Fritz–Laylin

Associate Professor, Biology

Morrill II Room 340

Quantitative Evolutionary Cell Biology

Alexander R. Gerson

Associate Professor, Biology

409 Morrill 3

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

Jessica Gersony

Assistant Professor

Ford Hall 111

How plants respond to climate change, and physiological processes underpinning how plants interact with the changing climate around them

John G. Gibbons

Associate Professor, Food Science

Genomics, Evolution, Bioinformatics

Cynthia Gill

Associate Professor of Physiology, Hampshire College

Cole Science Center 305, Hampshire College

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

Gary B. Gillis

Professor of Biological Sciences, Mt. Holyoke College

120 Clapp, Mount Holyoke College

Biomechanics and neuromuscular control of vertebrate locomotion

Sonja Glasser

PhD Student

Curtice R. Griffin

Professor, Environmental Conservation


Wildlife ecology and conservation

Evan Grimes

PhD Student

Adri Grow

PhD Student

Laura M. S. Hancock

PhD Candidate

Bat ecology & behavior, population ecology, plant biology, management & conservation of wildlife

Alex Haro

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Research Ecologist and Section Leader, USGS Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center

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

Fish behavior and migration; fish passage

Estefany Argueta Herrera

PhD Student

Alexa Hershberger

PhD Student

Rachel Hestrin

Assistant Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Plant-microbe interactions, biogeochemistry, ecosystem response to change, sustainable agriculture

Margaret Ann Hilliard

PhD Candidate

Gut microbiome, human milk, microbial ecology

Brigitte M. Holt

Professor, 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.

Niah Holtz

PhD Student

Michael Hood

Professor of Biology, Amherst College

352 McGuire LIfe Sciences Building

Evolutionary forces that shape systems of inheritance and disease transmission

Martha Hoopes

Professor of Biological Sciences, Mt. 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 II, Biology

352 Morrill II South

Animal Behavior, Vertebrate Ecology, and Conservation Biology

Duncan J. Irschick

Professor, Biology

205C Morrill III

Functional Morphology, Evolution, and Behavioral Ecology

Michelle R. Jackson

PhD Candidate

Holdsworth Hall Room 212

Invasive plant ecophysiology, global change, and equity in STEM education

Elizabeth M. Jakob

Professor, Biology

109 Middlesex

Animal behavior, especially perception, learning, and social behavior

Abigail Jensen

Associate Professor, Biology

414A Morrill III South

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

Norman A. Johnson

Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Biology

440 Morrill North

Evolutionary genetics, evolution of development

Adrian Jordaan

Associate Professor, Environmental Conservation

309 Holdsworth

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

Jason M. Kamilar

Professor, Anthropology

102 Machmer Hall

Comparative biology of primates and other mammals

Ilia Karatsoreos

Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Morrill IV North N216

The general research objective in our lab is to understand the neural and physiological systems that the brain and body use to protect us from harm and adapt to changes in the environment. We focus on biological rhythms, stress, immunology, and metabolism

Rolf O. Karlstrom

Professor, Biology

330 Morrill 2

Developmental neurobiology; axon guidance and forebrain patterning

Laura A. Katz

Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

201 Burton Hall, Smith College

Genome evolution and biodiversity studies of microbial eukaryotes

Paul S. Katz

Professor, Biology

106 Morrill 3

Neuroethology, central pattern generators, single neuron RNA-seq, developmental neuroscience, evolution of neural circuits, molluscan systems


Ashley D. Keiser

Assistant Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

311 Paige Laboratory
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003


Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology; Climate Change Biology; Soil Ecology; Biogeochemistry

David King

Adjunct Associate Professor, Environmental Conservation

Research Wildlife Biologist, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station

201 Holdsworth

Wildlife ecology and conservation

Lisa Komoroske

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Conservation genomics and ecophysiology in marine and freshwater ecosystems

Emelia Kusi

PhD Student

Cameron Lamphere

MS Student

Michael L. Lavine

Professor Emeritus, Mathematics and Statistics

1623E LGRT

Statistical Theory and Methods

R. Mark Leckie

Professor, Earth, Geographic, and Climate Sciences

252 Morrill 4

Micropaleontology, Biostratigraphy, Paleoceanography

Susannah B. Lerman

Adjunct Research Professor, Environmental Conservation

Urban and suburban ecology, wildlife conservation, and citizen science

Benjamin Letcher

Adjunct Associate Professor, Environmental Conservation

Section Leader, USGS Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center

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

Population ecology of stream fishes

Rachel A. Levin

Senior Lecturer in Biology and Environmental Studies, Amherst College

McGuire Life Sciences Building, Amherst College

Plant systematics, biogeography and ecology

Li–Jun Ma

Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

LSL N433

Fungal comparative genomics, eukaryotic genome evolution and organism adaptation

Meghan Graham MacLean

Lecturer, Environmental Conservation

218, Holdsworth Hall

Aboveground carbon consequences of future land use in New England, Carbon accounting of timber from current harvest trends in Massachusetts, Modeling direct and indirect impacts of forest insects and pathogens, and Inclusive pedagogy in quantitative undergraduate biology

Carson Martin

MS Student

Elyse McCormick

PhD Student

Stephen D. McCormick

Adjunct Professor, Biology

Adjunct Professor, Environmental Conservation

Scientist Emeritus, USGS Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center

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

Environmental Physiology of Fish

Josh Medina

PhD Candidate

Bird plumage color evolution, 3D digitization of museum specimens through photogrammetry

João C. T. Menezes

PhD Candidate

Sexual selection, animal communication, macroevolution, ornithology

Jill Miller

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

Megan Mitchell

PhD Student

Mayrolin García Morales

PhD Candidate

Toni Lyn Morelli

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Research Ecologist, USGS

Climate change ecology, montane and boreal wildlife, and decision analysis and translational ecology for climate adaptation  

Deicy Carolina (Caro) Munoz Agudelo

PhD Candidate

Madison Newman

PhD Student

Keith H. Nislow

Adjunct Associate Professor, Environmental Conservation

Research Fishery Biologist, USDA Forest Service

201 Holdsworth

Ecology and conservation biology of stream fishes and invertebrates

Benjamin Normark

Professor, Biology

Fernald Hall 104

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

Melinda Novak

Professor Emerita, Psychological and Brain Sciences

439 Tobin

Behavior of microtines and primates

Thomas Nuhfer

PhD Student

Klaus Nüsslein

Professor, Microbiology

N110A Morrill 4-N

Microbial ecology of terrestrial and aquatic environments

Sarah Partan

Associate Professor of Animal Behavior, Hampshire College

131 Adele Simmons Hall, Hampshire College

Visual and acoustic communication in mammals

Will Pfadenhauer

PhD Candidate

Utilizing spatial technologies to address conservation concerns related to invasive plants

Josie Pilchik

PhD Student

Jeffrey E. Podos

Professor, Biology

360 Morrill II South

Mechanisms and evolution of vertebrate behavior, bioacoustics

Adam H. Porter

Associate Professor, Biology

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

Alysha B. Putnam

PhD Candidate

marine ecology, climate change, invasive species, marine invertebrates, marine algae, Gulf of Maine, Long Island Sound, Narragansett Bay, Boston Harbor

Stan P. Rachootin

Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences, Mt. Holyoke College

3D Clapp, Mount Holyoke College

Evolution and development, history of evolutionary theory

Luke Remage–Healey

Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

525 Tobin

Neural basis of behavior

Stephen Rich

Professor, Microbiology

209B Fernald Hall

Molecular Evolution and Population Genomics of Arthropod-borne Microbial Pathogens

Alan M. Richmond

Retired Senior Lecturer, Biology

Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles, Natural History Collections

457 Morrill IV South

Phylogeography of New England amphibians and reptiles

Justin Roch

MS Student

Elizabeth J. Rogers

PhD Candidate

Animal physiological ecology, migration

Allison H. Roy

Research Associate Professor, Environmental Conservation

317 Holdsworth

Freshwater ecology, fish and macroinvertebrates, urban ecology, conservation

Priya Roy Chowdhury

Darwin Postdoctoral Fellow

200 French Hall

Mechanisms underlying species’ responses to rapid human-induced environmental changes

Laela Sayigh

Associate Professor of Animal Behavior, Hampshire College

Adele Simmons Hall 131

Social behavior and communication of cetaceans (whales and dolphins)

Katie M. Schroeder

PhD Candidate

Animal communication, recognition systems, neuroscience, sensory processing

Tristram Seidler

Extension Assistant Professor, Biology

401B Morrill Science Center

Plant ecology, plant diversity, invasive plants, climate change

David A. Sela

Associate Professor, Food Science

340 Chenoweth Laboratory

Nutrition, human milk, gut microbiome, systems biology, host-microbe interactions/co-evolution, translational research

Nathan Senner

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Lynnette Sievert

Professor, Anthropology


Evolution of menopause

Paul R Sievert

Adjunct Associate Professor, Environmental Conservation

319 Holsdworth

Conservation biology, physiological ecology and biostatistics

L. David Smith

Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

229 Sabin Reed

Ecology and evolution of marine predator-prey interactions

Allison Snow

Adjunct Professor, Biology

Maria Stager

Assistant Professor, Biology

Michelle Staudinger

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Ecologist, USGS

Climate change impacts on coastal biodiversity and trophic relationships

Kristina Stinson

Associate 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

Jamie Adkins Stoll

PhD Candidate

Disease ecology, population dynamics, and global change ecology of marine turtles

Katherine (Kit) M. Straley

PhD Candidate

Holdsworth 207B

Urban ecology, animal behavior, ornithology, conservation biology

Amy V. H. Strauss

PhD Candidate

332 Morril II South

Vocal communication & song learning in songbirds

Alexander Suvorov

Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

Graduate Program Direction, Environmental Heath Sciences

173B Goessmann

Effects on behavior by environmental xenobiotics with endocrine disruptive properties

Serina Suzuki

PhD Student

John Swenson

PhD Candidate

Ethan J. Temeles

Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, Amherst College

225 McGuire Life Sciences Building, Amherst College

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

Elsbeth Walker

Professor, Biology

374C Morrill IV South

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

Paige S. Warren

Professor, Environmental Conservation

216 Holdsworth

Urban ecology, human-environment interactions, animal behavior

Tammy L. Wilson

Research Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Unit Leader, USGS Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research

Landscape ecology, spatial ecology, wildlife conservation and management, structured decision-making

Alex M. Winsor

PhD Candidate

Evolution of sensory systems and behavior

Katrina Zarrella Smith

PhD Candidate

NMFS-Sea Grant Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow

Movement ecology, the dynamics of fish populations and their responses to a changing environment, and fisheries management

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