The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Students


Adam Bell

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.


Spencer Bruce

Spencer earned a B.A. in Biology at Brooklyn College, and an M.S. in Biodiversity, Conservation & Policy at the University at Albany. Spencer's Ph.D. research focuses on Brook Trout landscape genetics. His primary research goal is to understand the impacts of environmental variation and supplemental stocking on patterns of genetic structure across New York State. His more recent work has explored correlations between climate-related variables and adaptive responses in native populations. Spencer is a graduate research fellow at then New York State Museum and is co-advised by Dr. George Robinson and Dr. Jeremy Wright.


Alyssa Fitzgerald

Alyssa combines genomics, genetics, and ecological niche modeling to examine the evolutionary history and ecology of the threatened Bicknell's Thrush (Catharus bicknelli) and declining Gray-cheeked Thrush (C. minimus). She has done field work in the high-elevation boreal forests from New York to Labrador, and is interested in the effects of Pleistocene glaciation cycles on genetic and niche divergence in boreal bird species. She is currently a graduate research fellow at the New York State Museum, co-advised by Dr. Jeremy Kirchman and Dr. George Robinson. Alyssa earned B.S. degrees in Biology and Neuroscience from Indiana University Bloomington in 2011.


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.


Yen-Hua Huang

Yen-Hua earned a double degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and B.S. in Life Science from National Taiwan University in 2014. He is advised by Dr. Wendy Turner, and interested in ecology of wild mammals and infectious diseases, especially in how diseases transmit to mammal hosts.


Naima Starkloff

Naima earned a B.A. in Biology from Bennington College in 2015. Her primary research goal is to document how bird diversity varies across space. She has recently delved deeper to investigate how the diversity of the blood parasites that live within birds vary across host species and geography. She is also interested in the effects of climate change on host and parasite ranges. Naima’s Ph.D. research focuses on Catharus thrushes and their haemosporidian parasites. She is a graduate research fellow at the New York State Museum, and is co-advised by Dr. Wendy Turner and Dr. Jeremy Kirchman


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.


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