Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Students

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Adam graduated from Cornell University in 2006 with a BS of Entomology. While at Cornell he worked in the lab of Ann Hajek on entomophthoralean fungi, especially Entomophaga maimaiga and gypsy moths. He also participated in an extensive field survey of Carabid beetles associated with soybean aphid, Aphis glycines. He is now working at the New York State Museum in Dr. Jason Cryan's insect phylogenetics lab on a large-scale phylogenetic investigation of spittlebugs (the Hemipteran superfamily Cercopoidea) of the world.

Alyssa Fitzgerald

Alyssa earned a bachelor of science degree from the Indiana University Bloomington. Her current project studies the niche evolution of Catharus thrushes.

Caroline Girard-Cartier

Caroline earned a bachelor of science degree from SUNY New Paltz and a master of science degree from the University at Albany. She is currently focusing on grazing and the coupling of biodiversity in vascular plant and soil microbial communities in human-dominated landscapes.

Matthew Mitchell

Matthew earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Colby College. He is currently focusing on the Role of Landscape Variation in Driving the Evolutionary Diversification of Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) in a Biodiversity Hotspot.

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Shannon is pursuing a PhD in the EEB program, and plans to conduct her primary research surveying biodiversity across a riverine barrier in Cameroon. She attended University of Alaska Fairbanks for her BS in Wildlife Biology and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry for her MS in Conservation Biology. Her prior research focused on the effects of habitat fragmentation on insectivorous bat activity in an old-growth forest ecosystem in Olympic National Forest, Washington State. She has also worked for the USGS and USDA Forest Service in western Montana as a field crew leader for the Northern Divide Grizzly Bear Project. Shannon likes to spend her free time backpacking, kayaking, and relaxing with her husband and furry children, her dog and cats.

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Elizabeth is a PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University at Albany. She received her B.A. in Biology in 2004 from Ithaca College where her primary research focused on behavioral adaptations of Poecile atricapillus to avoid winter abiotic factors. She also conducted field research in Equatorial Guinea with the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program studying encounter rates to determine the effect of the bushmeat trade on seven species of monkeys. In another lab, Elizabeth examined mutations in the terminal protein complex transport chain, specially Cox 2, which has implications in Alzheimer’s disease and aging. At the University at Albany, she will be working in Dr. Helmut Hirsch's lab focusing on the long term effects of environmental lead exposure in Drosophila melanogaster.

Paul Sesink-Clee

Paul earned a bachelor of science degree from Siena College.

Melissa Stone

Melissa graduated with a bachelor of science degree from the University at Albany. She is currently working on global ospC diversity in the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato species complex and local diversity of B. burgdorferi sensu stricto within subpopulations of its tick vector, Ixodes scapularis, in the Hudson Valley, NY.

Heather Wilson

Heather graduated from Lehigh University in 2008 with her B.S in biology with a concentration in animal behavior and ecology. As an undergraduate she worked in the animal behavior lab studying the mating behaviors of convict cichlid fishes. Heather is currently focusing on using drosophila as a model system to study the interactions between phage and bacteria, and the effect of the immune response.

Next Steps

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