Name Contact Information Research Interests
Kimberly Acevedo
Lynn Adler

Professor, Biology

102D Fernald Hall

Ecology and evolution of insect-plant interactions

Luis Aguirre

PhD Student

R. Craig Albertson

Associate Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts

336 Morrill II South

Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Derrick Alcott

PhD Candidate

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

Aquatic ecology, fish passage, anadromous fishes

Dominique R. Alfandari

Professor of Developmental Biology, University of Massachusetts

661 North pleasant street, ISB 427B

Cell migration in Developmental systems

Peter Alpert

Professor, Biology

Room 100A, Clark Hall

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

Lauren V. Alteio

PhD Candidate

Microbial diversity, terrestrial microbial ecology, microbial feedbacks to climate change

Courtney C. Babbitt

Assistant Professor and Honors Faculty, Department of Biology

Morrill 2, Room 360

Evolutionary Genomics

Jacob R. Barnett

PhD Student

Morrill III South room 409

Madelaine Bartlett

Assistant 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

Evelyn M. Beaury

PhD Candidate

Holdsworth 312B

Invasion ecology, plant ecology, global change, biogeography

Annaliese Beery

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

Sabin-Reed 433, Smith College

Neuroendocrinology of social behavior

Rachel B. Bell

PhD Candidate

Machmer W16

Primate ecology and evolution, hair morphology, conservation biology

Jesse Bellemare

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

24B Sabin-Reed, Smith College

Plant ecology, biogeography and evolution

Eric L. Bittman

Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology

420G Morrill III South

Circadian Rhythms, Reproduction, and Seasonal Changes in Brain Function

Jeffrey L. Blanchard

Associate Professor, Department of 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

Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

318 Holdsworth

Biogeography and spatial ecology of terrestrial plant invasions

Patricia Brennan

Assistant 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, Mount Holyoke College

Clapp Laboratory, Mount Holyoke College

Carbon cycling in northern wetlands

John P. Buonaccorsi

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Statistics

1435K Lederle

Statistical theory, methods and applcations, Quantitative ecology

Bruce Byers

Senior Lecturer 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

Mario Ceron Romero

PhD Candidate

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

Brian S. Cheng

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

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

Christopher G. Claypool

PhD Student

Laboratory Office: 362 Morrill Science Center

Mailbox: 206 French Hall

The place of humans in nature; neural evolution and development in great apes

Seanne Reyes Clemente

PhD Student

Fernald 102H

Ethan D. Clotfelter

Professor of Biology, Amherst College

229 McGuire Life Sciences, Amherst College

Reproductive behavior of birds and fishes

Erin Conlon

Associate Professor of 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

Elsa A. Cousins

PhD Candidate

Ecology of invasive mustard plants

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

Sarah Czerwonka

Business/Operations Manager

204B French Hall

Andy J. Danylchuk

Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

311 Holdsworth

Fish conservation, recreational fisheries, sustainable aquaculture

Kristen M DeAngelis

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology

N573 Life Science Lab

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

Maggie DeGregorio

Program Coordinator

203 French Hall

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

Kadambari Devarajan

PhD Student

Quantitative ecology, community ecology, species interactions

Robert L. Dorit

Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Ford Hall 114, Smith College

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

Gerald B. Downes

Professor, Department of Biology

427C Morrill 2

Development and function of spinal cord networks

Joseph C. Drake

PhD Student

Gates Dupont

MSc Student

Quantiative ecology, sampling design, spatial capture-recapture, big cats.

Joseph S. Elkinton

Professor of Environmental Conservation

310 Ag Engineering

Population dynamics and biological control of invasive forest insects

Cory R. Elowe

PhD Student

John Finn

Professor of Environmental Conservation

313A Holdsworth

Network Analysis of Acoustic Telemetry

Alison E. Fowler

PhD Student

Lillian Fritz–Laylin

Assistant Professor of Biology

Morrill II Room 340

Quantitative Evolutionary Cell Biology

Todd K. Fuller

Professor of Environmental Conservation

128 Holdsworth

Mammalian population ecology and natural history

Alexander R. Gerson

Assistant Professor, Biology

409 Morrill 3

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

John G. Gibbons

Assistant Professor of Food Science

Genomics, Evolution, Bioinformatics

Michael Chaise Gilbert

PhD Student

Fish morphology, evolution, and development

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

Norman Wait Harris and Emma Gale Harris Foundation Professor of Biological Sciences; Associate Dean of Faculty; Director of the Science Center, Mount Holyoke College

120 Clapp, Mount Holyoke College

Biomechanics and neuromuscular control of vertebrate locomotion

Barry Goodell

Research Professor, Department of Microbiology

313 Stockbridge Hall

220 Morrill Science Center IV N

Fungal biochemical mechanisms involved in human disease, and also involved in the degradation of lignocellulose biomass and xenobiotics

Steven Goodwin

Deputy Chancellor and Chief Planning Officer;

Professor of Microbiology

Whitmore Administration Building, Room 374

Aaron Grade

PhD Candidate

207B Holdsworth Hall

Conservation and urban ecology of songbirds.

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

Michael S. Griego

PhD Student

Curtice R. Griffin

Professor and Department Head of Environmental Conservation


Wildlife ecology and conservation

Lian Winslow Guo

PhD Candidate

Ecophysiology, effects of temperature on fish energetics and performance

Mariamar Gutierrez Ramirez

PhD Candidate

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

Laura M. S. Hancock

PhD Candidate

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

Alex Haro

Adjunct Assistant 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

Margaret Ann Hilliard

Human milk and host-microbe coevoution

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

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

UMass Seminars IDGP

UMass Seminars IDGP, MCB, NSB, OEB, PB Programs

Duncan J. Irschick

Professor, Department of Biology

205C Morrill III

Functional Morphology, Evolution, and Behavioral Ecology

Elizabeth M. Jakob

Professor, Biology Department

109 Middlesex

Animal behavior, especially perception, learning, and social behavior

Abigail Jensen

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

414A 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

Associate Professor, Environmental Conservation

309 Holdsworth

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

Jason M. Kamilar

Associate Professor of Anthropology

102 Machmer Hall

Comparative biology of primates and other mammals

Ilia Karatsoreos

Associate 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, 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

Paul S. Katz

Director of Neuroscience and Professor of Biology

106 Morrill 3

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


Diane A. Kelly

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Tobin Hall

Neurobiology, biomechanics, and evolution of reproductive systems.

Jane Kent

Professor, Department of Kinesiology

22 Totman

Quantifying age, gender, and activity based changes in human skeletal muscle function. Measuring the roles of neural activation, intramuscular metabolism, contractile function and blood flow in the development of muscle fatigue in a variety of populations.

David King

Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Environmental Conservation

Research Wildlife Biologist USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, Amherst

201 Holdsworth

Wildlife ecology and conservation

Lisa Komoroske

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Conservation genomics and ecophysiology in marine and freshwater ecosystems

Brittany B. Laginhas

PhD Student

Michael L. Lavine

Emeritus Professor, Mathematics and Statistics

1623E LGRT

Statistical Theory and Methods

R. Mark Leckie

Professor and Department Head, Geosciences

252 Morrill 4

Micropaleontology, Biostratigraphy, Paleoceanography

Susannah B. Lerman

Adjunct Research Professor, Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Urban and suburban ecology, wildlife conservation, and citizen science

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

Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology, Amherst College

McGuire Life Sciences Building, Amherst College

Plant systematics, biogeography and ecology

Li–Jun Ma

Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

LSL N433

Fungal comparative genomics, eukaryotic genome evolution and organism adaptation

Meghna N. Marjadi

PhD Candidate

Ag. Engineering, 306

climate change, anadromous fish biology, fisheries and food security, science communication and ethics, human dimensions of conservation 

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

Mayrolin Garcia Moralez

PhD Student

Toni Lyn Morelli

Research Ecologist, Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Environmental Conservation

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

Joshua K. Moyer

PhD Candidate

Morphology & evolution of elasmobranchs

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

Department Head and Professor of Biology

Fernald Hall 104

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

Jessica Norstog

PhD Student

Melinda Novak

Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

439 Tobin

Behavior of microtines and primates

Klaus Nüsslein

Professsor of Microbiology

N110A Morrill 4-N

Microbial ecology of terrestrial and aquatic environments

Sarah Partan

Associate Professor, School of Cognitive Science, Hampshire College

131 Adele Simmons Hall, Hampshire College

Visual and acoustic communication in mammals

Jeffrey E. Podos

Professor, Department of Biology

360 Morrill II South

Mechanisms and evolution of vertebrate behavior, bioacoustics

Grace Pold

PhD Candidate

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

Alysha B. Putnam
Stan P. Rachootin

Professor of Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College

3D Clapp, Mount Holyoke College

Evolution and development, history of evolutionary theory

Luke Remage–Healey

Associate Program Leader / GPD of Neuroscience and Behavior Program; Associate 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

H. Patrick Roberts
William G. Rodríguez–Reillo

PhD Candidate

Morill Science IV

Multi-omics data integration; Data mining; Metagenomic and Metranscriptomics assembly

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

Priya Roy Chowdhury

Darwin Postdoctoral Fellow

200 French Hall

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

Laela Sayigh

Assistant Professor of Animal Behavior, Hampshire College

Adele Simmons Hall 131

Social behavior and communication of cetaceans (whales and dolphins)

Tristram Seidler

Extension Assistant Professor, Biology

401B Morrill Science Center

Plant ecology, plant diversity, invasive plants, climate change

David A. Sela

Associate Professor, Department of Food Science

340 Chenoweth Laboratory

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

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

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

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, animal behavior, ornithology, conservation biology

Amy V. H. Strauss

PhD Candidate

332 Morril II South

Vocal communication & song learning in songbirds

Chris Sutherland

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

118 Holdsworth

Population, spatial, statistical and applied ecology

Alexander Suvorov

Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

173B Goessmann

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

Abby Vander Linden

PhD Student

Morrill 321

Mammal functional morphology and evolution

Elsbeth Walker

Professor, Biology Department

374C Morrill IV South

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

Paige S. Warren

Professor of Environmental Conservation

216 Holdsworth

Urban ecology, human-environment interactions, animal behavior

Alex M. Winsor

PhD Student

Behavior and vision in invertebrates

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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