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)
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

Jeffrey L. Blanchard

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Soil Ecology
Microbial Communities
Metatranscriptomics

Jacob Barnett

PhD Student

Jeffrey L. Blanchard

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Alexandra Barr

PhD Student

Ana Caicedo

Associate Professor, Biology

Evelyn Beaury

PhD Student

Bethany A. Bradley

Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation

Rachel B. Bell

PhD Student

Jason M. Kamilar

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

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

Margaret A. Bruce

PhD Student

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

Associate Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts

Evolution of a morphological novelty in Cichlids

Elsa A. Cousins

PhD Student

Kristina Stinson

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Caroline Curtis

PhD Candidate

Bethany A. Bradley

Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation

Spatial and temporal dynamics of invasive species distributions

Kadambari Devarajan

PhD Student

Chris Sutherland

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Quantitative ecology, community ecology, species interactions

Laura Doubleday

PhD Candidate

Lynn Adler

Professor, Biology

Plant-insect interactions

Joseph C. Drake

PhD Student

Chris Sutherland

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Cory R. Elowe

PhD Student

Alexander R. Gerson

Assistant Professor, Biology

Alison E. Fowler

PhD Student

Lynn Adler

Professor, Biology

Emily J. Fusco

PhD Candidate

Bethany A. Bradley

Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation

Human impacts on U.S. wildfire regimes

Michael Chaise Gilbert

PhD Student

R. Craig Albertson

Associate Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts

Casey Gilman

PhD Candidate

Duncan J. Irschick

Professor, Department of Biology

Lizard locomotion, adhesion, and postcopulatory sexual selection

Aaron Grade

PhD Candidate

Paige S. Warren

Associate 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 Student

Adrian Jordaan

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Ecophysiology, effects of realistic stressors on fish

Mariamar Gutierrez Ramirez

PhD Candidate

Alexander R. Gerson

Assistant Professor, Biology

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

Laura M. S. Hancock

MS/PhD Student

Kristina Stinson

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Plant ecology, bat ecology, invasive species, conservation

Dylan Samuel Jockel

PhD Student

R. Craig Albertson

Associate Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts

Brittany B. Laginhas

PhD Student

Bethany A. Bradley

Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation

Meghna N. Marjadi

PhD 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

Mayrolin Garcia Moralez

PhD Student

Benjamin Normark

Professor of Biology

Joshua K. Moyer

PhD Student

Duncan J. Irschick

Professor, Department of Biology

Dina Navon

PhD Candidate

R. Craig Albertson

Associate Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts

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

Jessica Norstog

PhD Student

Stephen D. McCormick

Adjunct Professor of Biology

Research Physiologist, Conte Anadromous Fish Lab

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 M 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

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.

Katherine (Kit) M. Straley

PhD Candidate

Paige S. Warren

Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

Urban ecology, animal behavior, ornithology, conservation biology

Amy V. H. Strauss

PhD Candidate

Jeffrey E. Podos

Professor, Department of Biology

OEB Graduate Program Leader

Vocal communication & song learning in songbirds

Abby Vander Linden

PhD Student

Duncan J. Irschick

Professor, Department 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