OEB Alumni

Names are linked to current web pages where available. We do our best to keep in touch with all OEB alumni. If your name is not linked, and you would like it to be, please contact the OEB Program Coordinator.

Name Dissertation/Thesis Title Current position
Derrick Alcott
PhD, 2020
Suellen Almeida
MS, 2012

The effects of environmental temperature on locomotor performance and growth patterns in spotted salamanders, Ambystoma maculatum

Graduate student, Saarland University, Germany

Lauren V. Alteio
PhD, 2019
Jeremy C. Andersen
MS, 2009

A phylogenetic analysis of armored scale insects, based upon nuclear, mitochondrial, and endosymbiont gene sequences

USDA Postdoctoral Fellow

Manny Azizi
PhD, 2005

Biomechanics of Salamander Locomotion

Assistant Professor, University of California Irvine

Kara L. Belinsky
PhD, 2008

Imperfectly redundant signals: Color, song, and mate choice in Chestnut-sided warblers (Dendroica pensylvanica)

Assistant Professor, State University of New York New Paltz

Philip J. Bergmann
PhD, 2008

A phylogenetic and functional approach to the study of the evolution of body shape in lizards (Squamata)

Assistant Professor of Biology, Clark University

Holly Bernardo
MS, 2010

Spatial variation and tradeoffs in species interactions

PhD Student, Washington University

Rachel T. (Bru) Bolus
PhD, 2013

Birdsong as a source of social information for migrating
common yellowthroats

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Montana

Beth Bone
PhD, 2007

Post-introduction evolution in invasive Bromus tectorum

Biology First Year Coordinator, Clark University

Matt D. Boyer
PhD, 2019
Hannah J. Broadley
PhD, 2018

Impact of native natural enemies on populations of the invasive winter moth (Operophtera brumata L) in the northeast United States

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cooperative agreement with Department of Environmental Conservation, UMass Amherst & USDA APHIS, Plant Protection and Quarantine, Science and Technology, Buzzards Bay, MA

Alexandria (Lexi) Brown
PhD, 2014

How yellow is your belly? Honesty and carotenoids in a pigmented female fish

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Margaret A. Bruce
MS, 2019
Christine Buckley
PhD, 2008

Phenotypic plasticity, functional morphology and ecomorphology of two terrestrial ectotherms

Communications Manager, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Connecticut

Stephanie Carlson
MS, 2002

Variation in Trout Growth and Survival Within and Among Seasons, Species, and Cohorts

Associate Professor, University of California Berkeley

Jason Carmignani
PhD, 2020
Ted Castro–Santos
PhD, 2002

Swimming performance of upstream migrant fishes:  New methods, new perspectives

Research ecologist, Conte Anadromous Fish Lab

Mario Ceron Romero
PhD, 2020
Noah D. Charney
PhD, 2010

Movin' & Groovin' Salamanders: Conservation Implications of Large Scales and Quirky Sex

Research Associate,  University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Kerin M. Claeson
MS, 2005

New Interpretations the Skill of a Primitive Bony Fish: Erpetoichthys calabaricus (Actinopterygii: Cladistia)

Assistant Professor, of Anatomy,  Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Moira R. Concannon
PhD, 2018
Suzanne Cox
PhD, 2016

The consequences of speed: Studies of cavitation during the mantis shrimp strike and the control of rapid deceleration during toad landing

Emily E. Curd
MS, 2007

Wild mammals harbor bacteria with a diversity of novel and known antibiotic resistance genes: A resistance gene reservoir in the wild?

PhD Student, UCLA Institute of the Environment & Sustainability

Caroline Curtis
PhD, 2018
Samuel Cushman
PhD, 2003

Hierarchical, Multi-scale Analysis of Species Environment Relationships

Director, Center for Landscape Science, Forest and Woodland Ecosystems, Flagstaff, AZ

Ugo D'Ambrosio
MS, 1998

Ultrastructure and description of Cryptotermes cavifrons eukaryotic symbionts: Snyderella sp., Stephanonympha sp. and Caduceia sp.

Doctoral student, School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent

Evan Dalton
MS, 2014

The effects of suburbanization on nest ectoparasites and nest defense behaviors in the Wood Thrush

Lead Instructor, Climate Lab, Manomet Center for Conservation Services

Nicole Danos
MS, 2005

Biomechanics of the Skin during Swimming in the American Eel, Anguilla rostrata

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Irvine

Israel Del Toro
PhD, 2014

Turning up the heat on the little things that run the world: Evaluating the impacts of climate change on ant biodiversity in the temperate forest communities of the Northeastern United States

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, U.Copenhagen, NMSU & JLTER

Eric Dewar
PhD, 2008

Dietary ecology and community paleoecology of Early Tertiary mammals

Associate Professor, Suffolk University

Mary Doherty
PhD, 2009

Distribution and Diversity of Planktonic Ciliates in the Choreotrichia and Oligotrichia: Patterns and Driving Forces

Assistant Professor of Biology, Rhodes College

Michael Dolan
PhD, 1999

Amitochondriate protists: Trichomonad symbionts of dry-wood-eating termites

Adjunct Professor of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sharon L. Dornhoff
PhD, 2001

Mitochondrial Adaptive Change and a CAPr-correlated Polymorphism in Toxin-selected Brachionus plicatilis Rotifers

Science Faculty, Lehigh Carbon Community College

Laura Doubleday
PhD, 2018
Abby G Drake
PhD, 2004

Evolution and Development of the Skull Morphology of Canids: An Investigation of Morphological Integration and Heterochrony

Teaching Professor of Biology, Skidmore College

Micah Dunthorn
PhD, 2009

Ciliate biodiversity and phylogenetic reconstruction assessed by multiple molecular markers

Independent Junior Research Group Leader, Department of Ecology, University of Kaiserslautern

Gates Dupont
MS, 2021

Statistical Improvements for Ecological Learning About Spatial Processes

Thomas P. Eiting
PhD, 2014

Functional and comparative morphology of the nasal cavity in phyllostomid bats

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Utah

Mark Erelli
MS, 1999

The influence of material effects on the dispersal, growth, and population dynamics of gypsy moths (Lymantria dispar, l.)


Emily J. Fusco
PhD, 2018
Ana Gabela
MS, 2007

Diversity and Movement Patterns of Passerine Birds near an Urban Center on Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands

Instructor, Hotchkiss School, CT

Sandra Gillespie
PhD, 2011

Mutualisms in trophic cascades: The effects of parasites of bumblebees on pollination

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, Simon Fraser University

Casey Gilman
PhD, 2019
Eben Goodale
PhD, 2005

Interspecific communication in mixed-species bird flocks of a Sri Lankan rainforest

Associate Professor, Guangxi University

Elijah Goodwin
PhD, 2008

The ecology and development of alternative vocal learning programs in birds

Nature Photographer, Whimbrel Nature Photography

Sarah Goodwin
Aaron Grade
PhD, 2020
Joanna Grand
PhD, 2004

Setting Conservation Priorities at the Local Scale: The Threatened Pitch Pine-Scrub Oak Communities of Southeastern Massachusetts

Research Fellow, Landscape Ecology Lab, University of Massachusetts

Matthrew Gruwell
PhD, 2007

Investigating endosymbionts of scale insects from the family Diaspididae

Assistant Professor, Penn State Erie

Rodger A. Gwiazdowski
PhD, 2011

Discovery and evolution of cryptic species among North American pine-feeding Chionaspis scale insects (Hemiptera: Diaspididae)

Post Doctoral Fellow, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, Guelph University

Melissa Ha
MS, 2014
Justin P. Henningsen
PhD, 2013

Performance and signaling in the green anole lizard

Postdoctoral Fellow, Texas A&M University

Eric J. Hilton
PhD, 2002

A Contribution to the Comparative Osteology and Phylogenetic Systematics of Fossil and Living Bony-tongue Fishes (Actinopterygii, Teleostei, Osteoglossomorpha)

Associate Professor, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, The College of William and Mary

Chad Hoefler
PhD, 2005

The Behavioral Ecology of Jumping Spiders (Phidippus sp.): Laboratory and Field Studies of Mating Behavior and Space Use

Assistant Professor, Arcadia University

David Hof
PhD, 2014

Aggressive Signaling in New World Warblers

Lecturer, Southern Vermont College

Yinan Hu
PhD, 2015

Evolvability of the skull: A study of genetic basis and integration in the teleost craniofacial skeleton

Postdoctoral Fellow, Departmwent of Biological Sciences, University of Rhode Island

Sarah K. Huber
PhD, 2007

Behavioral ecology of Darwin's finches: Song and mating patters in a bimodal population of the medium ground finches (Geospiza fortis)

Visiting Assistant Professor, The College of William and Mary

Kate Jenks
PhD, 2012

Distribution of Large Mammal Assemblages in Thailand with a Focus on Dhole (Cuon alpinus) Conservation

Conservation Biologist, Minnesota Zoo

Dylan Samuel Jockel
MS, 2019
Steve Johnson
PhD, 2005

Song learning and syntax patterns in the American Robin, and the soil characteristics of Bank Swallow nest sites

Division Leader, Rare Species and Wildlife Division of New England Environmental

Michael Jones
PhD, 2009

Spatial ecology, population structure, and conservation of the Wood Turtle, Glyptemys insculpta, in Central New England

Post Doctoral Research Associate, Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Rebecca Jordan
PhD, 2001

Visual Factors Guiding Mate Choice in a Group of Lake Malawi Cichlids

Professor of Environmental  Education and Citizen Science in the Departments of Human Ecology and Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, Rutgers University

Jeremy Jorgensen
MS, 1999

Isolation and Cultivation of Spore-forming Filamentous Bacteria from Porcellio scaber

Science teacher, Windsor High School, CT

Leann Kanda
PhD, 2005

Factors Influencing Survival and Reproduction of Virginia Opossums (Didelphis virginiana) at their Northern Distributional Limit

Associate Professor, Ithaca College

Katie Kauffman
MS, 2012

Population dynamics, chick diet, and foraging behavior of the razorbill (Alca torda) at Matinicus Rock, Maine

Nathan Kley
PhD, 2001

Functional Morphology and Evolution of the Feeding Apparatus of Blind Snakes

Associate Professor, Stony Brook University

Chi–Yun Kuo
PhD, 2015

A tale of lost tails:  A cost-benefit analysis of the variation in an extreme antipredator trait

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, Duke University

Daniel Lahr
PhD, 2011

Exploring patterns of evolution in the Amoebozoa

Assistant Professor of Zoology, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Tobias Landberg
MS, 2003

Ontogeny of escape swimming performance in the spotted salamander, Ambystoma maculatum

Assistant Professor, Arcadia University

Susannah Lerman
PhD, 2011

The conservation value of residential landscapes for native bird communities: The patterns, processes and management implications

Postdoctoral Research Associate, USFS Northern Research Station, UMass Amherst

Darren Lerner
PhD, 2007

Endocrine control and disruption of physiological and behavioral smolt development in Atlantic salmon,
Salmo salar

Director, Sea Grant, University of hawaii

Robb Levine
MS, 2003

Contribution of Eye Retraction to Swallowing Performance in the Northern Leopard Frog, Rana pipiens

Physician Assistant, Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Yi–Fen Lin
PhD, 2016

Burrowing and walking mechanisms of North American moles

Skye M. Long
PhD, 2016

Spider Brains and Behavior

Lecturer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Kathryn Lord
PhD, 2010

A heterochronic explanation for the behaviorally polymorphic genus Canis: A study of the development of behavioral differences in dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) and wolves (Canis lupus lupus)

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, Gettysburg College

Xyrus Maurer–Alcala
PhD, 2017
Alexa McKenzie
MS, 2014

Volatile profiles and resistance to herbivory in Eastern Hemlock

David McMillan
PhD, 2009

Functional consequences of acute temperature stress in the Western fence lizard, Sceloporus occidentalis

Lecturer, Biology Department, Santa Clara University

Louise Mead
PhD, 2001

Patterns and Processes of Speciation in Desmognathine Salamanders

Education Director, BEACON, NSF Center for the Study of Evolution in Action

Michelle Y. Monette
PhD, 2007

Impacts of episodic acid and aluminum exposure on the physiology of Atlantic salmon Salmo salar smolt development

Assistant Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Western Connecticut State University

Dana L. Moseley
PhD, 2013

Vocal performance in songbirds: Territorial defense and the development of male song and female mating preferences

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at The College of William and Mary

Joshua K. Moyer
PhD, 2021

Investigations of the Form and Function of Feeding by Modern Neoselachians

Theresa Murphy
MS, 2017

Investigating the effect of mortality factors on emerald ash borer biological control

Dina Navon
PhD, 2019
Evan Charles Palmer Young
PhD, 2018
Annie Paradis
PhD, 2011

Studies of the population dynamics of the hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae)

Biology Teacher, Amherst Regional High School

Laura W. Parfrey
PhD, 2010

The diversity of eukaryotes and their genomes

Assistant Professor in Botany and Zoology, University of British Columbia

Adam Pepi
MS, 2015

Density-Dependent Survival in the Larval Stage of an Invasive Insect:  Dispersal vs. Predation

Daniel A Peterson
PhD, 2017
Joshua Pezet
MS, 2013

Patterns of volatile resin secondary metabolism of eastern hemlock and interactions with its exotic herbivores

Grace Pold
PhD, 2019
Jean Claude Razafimahaimodison
PhD, 2004

Impact of habitat disturbance, including ecotourism activities, on breeding behavior and success of the pitta-like ground roller, Atelornis pittoides, an endangered bird species in the Eastern rainforest of Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar

TEAM Site Manager, Centre ValBio, Ranomafana, Madagascar

William G. Rodríguez–Reillo
PhD, 2019
Artemis D. Roehrig
MS, 2013

Regional comparison of overwintering mortality, fecundity and virulence in the hemlock woolly adelgid

Carolyn Rounds (DaMota)
MS, 2010

New Species of Moropus (Mammalia, Perissodactyla, Chalicotheriodea) in the Batesland Formation, Great Plains Area of North America

Instructor, Dutchess Community College

Krzysztof Sakrejda
PhD, 2015

Estimation problems in complex field studies with deep interactions: time-to-event models for environmental responses in vital rates

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, UMass Amherst

Sharlene Santana
PhD, 2010

The evolution of cranial morphology, feeding performance and behavior in Neotropical leaf-nosed bats (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae)

Assistant Professor, University of Washington

Scott A Schneider
PhD, 2016
Paul Schueller
Makiri Sei
PhD, 2005

The Ecological Study of the Maritime Ringlet Butterfly (Coenonympha nipisiquit McDunnough) in Daly Point, Bathurst, New Brunswick

Adjunct Professor and Research Associate, Arcadia University

Staff Scientist, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia

Ciaran A. S. Shaughnessy
PhD, 2020

Research Fellow, Department of Pediatrics, National Jewish Health, Denver CO

Andrew J. Smith
PhD, 2017

The role of phenotypic integration in mammalian tooth function and jaw morphological diversity

Anne G. Stengle
PhD, 2017

Metapopulation structure, habitat selection, and spatial ecology of the timber rattlesnake

Adam P. Summers
PhD, 1999

The Functional Implications of a Cartilaginous Skeleton

Associate Director, Friday Harbor Laboratories and
Associate Professor, University of Washington

Zhiyi (Gigi) Sun
PhD, 2011

Genome reduction in a marine cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus

Computational Biologist, New England Biolabs

Benjamin N. Taft
PhD, 2010

The role of dawn song in tree swallows and its place in the diversity of oscine song learning

Founder, Landmark Acoustics

Natalia K. Taft
PhD, 2009

Functional and comparative morphology of the pectoral fins among benthic "scorpaeniform" fishes

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Parkside

Stephen R. Thomas
PhD, 2005

Pathogenicity and Virulence of Entomophaga maimaiga Humber, Shimazu, Soper and Hajek (Entomophthorales: Entomophthoraceae), a fungal pathogen of gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar L. (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae)

Assistant Curator for Science Education, MSU Museum
Assistant Professor, Zoology Department and Curriculum Developer, Michigan State University


Alexander (Sasha) Tulchinsky
PhD, 2013

Evolution of hybrid incompatibilities in gene regulatory networks

Thomas F. Tyning
MS, 1995

Phenology, Conservation, and Behavioral Ecology of the Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) in Western Massachusetts

Professor of Environmental Science, Berkshire Community College

Abby Vander Linden
PhD, 2021
Nina Veselka
MS, 2013

Diet, feeding behaviour, and the evolution of thumb morphology in phyllostomid bats

Kim O. Vitale
MS, 2013

Habitat use and seasonal movement patterns of four-toed salamanders (Hemidactylium scutatum) in Massachusetts

Andrea Ward
PhD, 2005

Morphology and Development of the Axial and Appendicular Systems in Fishes

Associate Professor, Adelphi College

Sean F. Werle
PhD, 2004

The biology, ecology and cytogenetics of the genus Axarus (Diptera: Chironomidae) in the Connecticut River

Axarus Environmental Consulting and Photography

Brenda Whited
MS, 2006

The Population Ecology of the Winter Moth (Operophtera brumata) in Eastern Massachusetts

Adjunct Faculty, Columbia Community College and Merced College

Alison Whitlock
PhD, 2001

Ecology and Status of the Bog Turtle (Clemmys muhlenbergii) in New England

Wildlife Biologist, Northeast Region, USF&WS

Lisabeth L. Willey
PhD, 2010

Spatial Ecology of Eastern Box Turtles (Terrapene c. Carolina) in Central Massachusetts

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Yong Zhang
PhD, 2019