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)
Kimberly Acevedo John G. Gibbons

Assistant Professor of Food Science

Luis Aguirre

PhD Student

Lynn Adler

Professor, Biology

Ragib Ahsan

PhD Student

Laura A. Katz

Elsie Damon Simonds Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

My research interest is to gain insight into the origin and early evolution of eukaryotes. I am broadly interested in phylogenomics of eukaryotes by performing phylogenomic analyses with bioinformatic skills, and genome evolution by exploring the evolution of germline/soma distinctions in eukaryotic microbes.

Jori Barley

PhD Student

Brian S. Cheng

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Jacob R. Barnett

PhD Candidate

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, color evolution, microbiome, conservation

Christopher G. Claypool

PhD Student

Courtney C. Babbitt

Assistant Professor and Honors Faculty, Department of Biology

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

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 Candidate

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 Candidate

Chris Sutherland

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Gates Dupont

MSc Student

Chris Sutherland

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

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

Cory R. Elowe

PhD Candidate

Alexander R. Gerson

Assistant Professor, Biology

Migratory bird physiology

Alison E. Fowler

PhD Candidate

Lynn Adler

Professor, Biology

M Chaise Gilbert

PhD Candidate

R. Craig Albertson

Associate Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts

Fish morphology, evolution, and development

Michael S. Griego

PhD Student

Alexander R. Gerson

Assistant Professor, Biology

Lian Winslow Guo

PhD Candidate

Stephen D. McCormick

Adjunct Professor of Biology

Research Physiologist, Conte Anadromous Fish Lab

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

Estefany Argueta Herrera

PhD Student

Lisa Komoroske

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Margaret Ann Hilliard David A. Sela

Associate Professor, Department of Food Science

Gut microbiome, Human milk, Microbial ecology

Michelle R. Jackson

PhD Candidate

Kristina Stinson

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Invasive plant ecophysiology, global change, and decolonial science

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 

Josh Medina

PhD Student

Duncan J. Irschick

Professor, Department of Biology

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

João C. T. Menezes

PhD Student

Jeffrey E. Podos

Professor, Department of Biology

Sexual selection, animal communication, macroevolution, ornithology

Mayrolin Garcia Morales

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

Deicy Carolina (Caro) Munoz Agudelo

PhD Student

Lynn Adler

Professor, Biology

Jessica Norstog

PhD Student

Stephen D. McCormick

Adjunct Professor of Biology

Research Physiologist, Conte Anadromous Fish Lab

Will Pfadenhauer

PhD Student

Bethany A. Bradley

Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

Utilizing spatial technologies to address conservation concerns related to invasive plants

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

Elizabeth Rogers Alexander R. Gerson

Assistant Professor, Biology

Katie M Schroeder

PhD Candidate

Jeffrey E. Podos

Professor, Department of Biology

Animal communication, recognition systems, neuroscience, sensory processing

Katrina Zarrella Smith

PhD Student

Adrian Jordaan

Associate Professor, Environmental Conservation

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

Jamie Adkins Stoll

PhD Student

Lisa Komoroske

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

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

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

John Swenson

PhD Candidate

Lisa Komoroske

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Rabindra Thakur

PhD Student

Laura A. Katz

Elsie Damon Simonds Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

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

Behavior and vision in invertebrates