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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)
Kimberly Acevedo John G. Gibbons

Assistant Professor of Food Science

Luis Aguirre

PhD Student

Lynn Adler

Professor, Biology

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

Laura A. Katz

Elsie Damon Simonds Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

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

Jacob R. Barnett

PhD Student

Ana Caicedo

Associate Professor, Biology

Evelyn M. Beaury

PhD Candidate

Bethany A. Bradley

Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

Invasion ecology, plant ecology, global change, biogeography

Rachel B. Bell

PhD Candidate

Jason M. Kamilar

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Primate ecology and evolution, hair morphology, conservation biology

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

Christopher George Claypool Courtney C. Babbitt

Assistant Professor and Honors Faculty, Department of Biology

Seanne Reyes Clemente

PhD Student

Lynn Adler

Professor, Biology

Elsa A. Cousins

PhD Candidate

Kristina Stinson

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Ecology of invasive mustard plants

Kadambari Devarajan

PhD Student

Toni Lyn Morelli

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

Quantitative ecology, community ecology, species interactions

Joseph C. Drake

PhD Student

Chris Sutherland

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Gates Dupont

MSc Student

Chris Sutherland

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

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

Cory R. Elowe

PhD Student

Alexander R. Gerson

Assistant Professor, Biology

Alison E. Fowler

PhD Student

Lynn Adler

Professor, Biology

Michael Chaise Gilbert

PhD Student

R. Craig Albertson

Associate Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts

Fish morphology, evolution, and development

Aaron Grade

PhD Candidate

Paige S. Warren

Professor of Environmental Conservation

Conservation and urban ecology of songbirds.

Michael S. Griego

PhD Student

Alexander R. Gerson

Assistant Professor, Biology

Lian Winslow Guo

PhD Candidate

Adrian Jordaan

Associate Professor, Environmental Conservation

Ecophysiology, effects of temperature on fish energetics and performance

Mariamar Gutierrez Ramirez

PhD Candidate

Alexander R. Gerson

Assistant Professor, Biology

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

Laura M. S. Hancock

PhD Candidate

Jeffrey E. Podos

Professor, Department of Biology

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

Margaret Ann Hilliard David A. Sela

Associate Professor, Department of Food Science

Microbial genomics and host-microbe coevoution

Brittany B. Laginhas

PhD Student

Bethany A. Bradley

Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

Meghna N. Marjadi

PhD Candidate

Allison H. Roy

Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation

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

Mayrolin Garcia Moralez

PhD Student

Benjamin Normark

Department Head and Professor of Biology

Joshua K. Moyer

PhD Candidate

Duncan J. Irschick

Professor, Department of Biology

Morphology & evolution of elasmobranchs

Jessica Norstog

PhD Student

Stephen D. McCormick

Adjunct Professor of Biology

Research Physiologist, Conte Anadromous Fish Lab

Grace Pold

PhD Candidate

Kristen M DeAngelis

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology

Soil microbial ecology and biogeochemistry

Alysha B. Putnam Brian S. Cheng

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

H. Patrick Roberts David King

Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Environmental Conservation

Research Wildlife Biologist USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, Amherst

William G. Rodríguez–Reillo

PhD Candidate

Jeffrey L. Blanchard

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

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

Ciaran A. S. Shaughnessy

Ph.D. Candidate

Stephen D. McCormick

Adjunct Professor of Biology

Research Physiologist, Conte Anadromous Fish Lab

Comparative physiology and endocrinology

Katherine (Kit) M. Straley

PhD Candidate

Paige S. Warren

Professor of Environmental Conservation

Urban ecology, animal behavior, ornithology, conservation biology

Amy V. H. Strauss

PhD Candidate

Jeffrey E. Podos

Professor, Department of Biology

Vocal communication & song learning in songbirds

Abby Vander Linden

PhD Student

Duncan J. Irschick

Professor, Department of Biology

Mammal functional morphology and evolution

Alex M. Winsor

PhD Student

Elizabeth M. Jakob

Professor, Biology Department

Behavioral ecology 

Yong Zhang

PhD Candidate

Li–Jun Ma

Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Comparative fungal genomics