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Sarah Allen
Received Ph.D. in 2017

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Leslie S. Babonis
Received Ph.D. in 2011

  • Major Advisors: David H. Evans, Martin J. Cohn
  • Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience
  • Research Interests: Evolution, development, and the origin of novelty
  • Contact: babonis@whitney.ufl.edu
  • Comments: I also moonlight as mayor for the town of Marineland – come out for a visit!
Kevin Baldwin
Received Ph.D. in 1999

  • Major Advisor: Lou Guillette
  • Current Position: Professor of Biology, Monmouth College
  • Research Interests: I am primarily interested in how parasites affect the physiology and behavior of their hosts. I am also interested in how psychotropic pharmaceuticals (e.g., SSRI’s) affect the behavior of aquatic organisms. Teaching duties include Human Anatomy and Physiology, Comparative Anatomy and Physiology, Parasitology, and non-majors Biology (among others). I have also taught Honors courses on Corn and the Mississippi River.
  • Link: Monmouth College  •  Haldeman-Thiessen Science Center
  • Contact: kbaldwin@monmouthcollege.edu
Meghan Bentz Meghan Bentz
Received Master of Science in 2017

  • Major Advisor: Marta Wayne
  • Current Position: Host-parasite interactons, disease ecology, microbiology
  • Research Interests: Host-parasite interactons, disease ecology, microbiology
  • Link: Bentz Research
Gabriela Blohm
Received Ph.D. in 2017

  • Major Advisor: José Miguel Ponciano
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Ecology and Evolution of Virulence
  • Link: ___
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Dimitri Blondel
Received Master of Science in 2006 and Ph.D. in 2013

  • Major Advisors: Steve Phelps, Colette St. Mary, H. Jane Brockmann
  • Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Duke University
  • Research Interests: Behavioral ecology, mechanisms of social behavior, behavioral endocrinology, science education, conservation biology. Study systems: prairie voles, meerkats.
  • Contact: Dimitri.Blondel AT Duke period edu
Nicole Botteri Nicole Botteri
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Major Advisor: Louis Guillette
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Developmental and reproductive physiology
  • Link: ___
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Frank Bouchard
Received Ph.D. in 2012

  • Major Advisor: Marta Wayne
  • Current Position: National Ecological Observatory Network Tower Technician at Battelle Ecology
  • Research Interests: Conservation biology, remote sensing, long-term data, environmental change, biogeochemistry, carbon cycling
  • Contact: fabouchard@gmail.com

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Vincent Cannataro
Received Ph.D. in Spring 2016

Carol Chaffee
Received Ph.D. in 2013

  • Major Advisor: Marta Wayne
  • Current Position: Biology 101 Coordinator & Full-time Lecturer, California State University Fullerton
  • Research Interests: Population genetics, especially the effects of reproductive mode on gene flow; biology education & student learning
  • Contact: cchaffee@fullerton.edu
Paul Corogin Paul Corogin
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Major Advisor: Walter Judd
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Systematics of vascular plants; biology of the genus Sideroxylon in North America
  • Link: ___
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Ondi Crino
Received Master of Science in 2008

  • Major Advisor: Steve Phelps
  • Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate at Deakin University
  • Research Interests: Stress physiology, animal behaviour, avian ecology, endocrinology, Australian ecology, surfing, and the lindy hop
  • Link: Ondi Crino, PhD
  • Contact: ondicrino@gmail.com
Tim Crombie
Received Ph.D. in 2015

  • Major Advisor: David Julian
  • Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, UF Department of Biology
  • Research Interests: Stress physiology, evolution and phenotypic variation
  • Contact: tcrombie@ufl.edu
Lori Cruze
Received Ph.D. in 2011

  • Major Advisor: Louis J. Guillette, Jr.
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Wofford College
  • Research Interests: Evolution, development, and reproductive physiology
  • Contact: cruzel@wofford.edu

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Linda Fink
Received Master of Science in 1984 and Ph.D. in 1989

  • Major Advisor: H.J. Brockmann
  • Current Position: Duberg Professor of Ecology, Sweet Briar College
  • Research Interests: Ecology, insect biology, conservation biology
  • Link: Sweet Briar College

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Nicolas Garcia Nicolas Garcia
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Major Advisor: Pamela Soltis
  • Current Position: ___
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Mike Gil
Received Ph.D. in Fall 2015

  • Major Advisor: Craig Osenberg
  • Current Position: NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Research Interests: Community and behavioral ecology, conservation, and mass science communication
  • Link 1: Mike Gil, Ph.D.
  • Link 2: SCI ALL
  • Contact: mikegil@sciall.org
Thomas Gillespie
Received Master of Science in 2000 and Ph.D. in 2004

  • Major Advisor: Colin Chapman
  • Current Position: Associate Professor, Emory University
  • Research Interests: Disease Ecology, Tropical Biology, Conservation Biology
  • Link: Gillespie Lab | Home
  • Contact: thomas.gillespie@emory.edu
Grant Godden Grant Godden
Received Ph.D. in 2014

  • Major Advisor: Pamela Soltis
  • Current Position: Visiting Research Associate, Michigan State University
  • Research Interests: Plant Genomics
  • Link: ___
  • Contact Information: goddengr@msu.edu
Juan Pablo Gomez-Echeverri
Received Ph.D. in Spring 2016

Marissa Gredler Marissa Gredler
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Major Advisor: Martin Cohn
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Developmental genetics and morphogenesis
  • Link: ___
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Kin-Lan Han
Received Ph.D. in Summer 2016

  • Major Advisor: Rebecca Kimball
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Avian phylogenetics, evolution, conservation
  • Web: Kin-Lan Han
  • Office: 318 Carr Hall
  • Email: hankin@ufl.edu
Arianna Harrington Arianna Harrington
Received Master of Science in Spring 2015

  • Major Advisor: Jonathan Bloch
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Paleontology, comparative anatomy, evolutionary morphology
  • Link: ___
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Justin Havird
Received Master of Science in 2008

Ana Herrera
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Major Advisor: Martin Cohn
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Developmental biology
  • Link: ___
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Fabiany Herrera
Received Ph.D. in 2014

  • Major Advisor: Steven R. Manchester
  • Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Research Interests: The evolutionary origin of the tropical rainforests and angiosperm plant lineages. Paleobiogeographic and paleoclimatic history of the Cenozoic, especially in the Neotropics and North America. Integrated paleobotanical and neobotanical studies of plant diversity and evolution. The study of mesofossils from the early Cretaceous of Asia to improve understanding of the timing of events in seed plant evolution.
  • Contact: fherrera@chicagobotanic.org
Joan Herrera
Received Ph.D. in 1998

  • Major Advisor: Larry McEdward
  • Current Position: Instructor of Biological Sciences University of South Florida St. Petersburg
  • Research Interests: Larval ecology and life history evolution, systematics of echinoderms, and natural history collections
  • Link: http://www.usfsp.edu/biology/our-faculty/
  • Contact: jcherrera@mail.usf.edu
Ping Huang Ping Huang
Received Ph.D. in Spring 2016

  • Major Advisors: Colette St. Mary, Rebecca Kimball
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Personality syndromes focusing on Northern Cardinals
  • Link: ___
  • Contact: ping@ufl.edu

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Joanna Joyner-Matos
Received Ph.D. in Zoology, 2007

  • Major Advisor: David Julian
  • Current Position: Associate Professor of Biology, Eastern Washington University
  • Research Interests: Ecophysiology and stress physiology
  • Link: Joanna Joyner-Matos

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Barry Kaminsky
Received Master of Science in Spring 2016

  • Major Advisors: Michelle Mack, Stuart McDaniel
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Ecosystem function, ecological genetics, lichens
  • Link: ___
  • Contact: barrykaminsky@ufl.edu
John Kilmer John “Andy” Kilmer
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Major Advisor: David Steadman
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: ___
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Hope Klug
Received Ph.D. in 2007

  • Major Advisor: H. Jane Brockmann
  • Current Position: UC Foundation Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee — Chattanooga
  • Research Interests: Evolutionary and Behavioral Ecology, Parental Care, Mating Dynamics, Evolutionary Traps
  • Web: Klug Lab
  • Contact: hope-klug@utc.edu
Ambuj Kumar Ambuj Kumar
Received Ph.D. in Summer 2016

  • Major Advisor: Rebecca Kimball
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Molecular Dynamics and Evolution
  • Office: 619 Carr Hall
  • Email: ambuj@ufl.edu

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Jacob Landis
Received Ph.D. in Summer 2016

  • Major Advisor: Pamela Soltis
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Botany
  • Link: Jacob B. Landis
  • Office: 353 Dickinson Hall, Florida Museum of Natural History
  • Email: jblandis@ufl.edu
Melania C. Lopez-Castro
Received Ph.D. in 2013

  • Major Advisor: Karen A. Bjorndal
  • Current Position: Coordinator of the Sea Turtle Conservation Program. Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan, A.C.
  • Research Interests: Sea turtle biology and conservation.
  • Contact: melanialopez0980@gmail.com

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Lucas C. Majure
Received Ph.D. in 2012

  • Major Advisors: Douglas E. Soltis, Walter S. Judd
  • Current Position: Biologist of New World Succulents, Desert Botanical Garden
  • Research Interests: Biogeography, floristics, morphological plasticity in plants, polyploidy, reticulate evolution, systematics, with special interests in Cactaceae, Melastomataceae, and the Caribbean Flora.
  • Link: Biologist of New World Succulents
  • Contact: lmajure@dbg.org
Peter May
Received Ph.D. in Zoology in 1985

  • Major Advisor: Carmine Lanciani
  • Current Position: Professor, Biology Dept., Stetson University
  • Research Interests: Vertebrate natural history, insect ecology
  • Link: Volusia Naturalist
  • Contact: pmay@stetson.edu
Shannon McCauley
Received Master of Science in 1997

  • Major Advisor: Karen Bjorndal
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Mississauga
  • Research Interests: Freshwater community ecology
  • Link: McCauley Lab
  • Contact: shannon.mccauley@utoronto.ca
William McKendree
Received Ph.D. in 1991

  • Major Advisor: Rob Ferl
  • Current Position: Program Manager, USAF
  • Research Interests: Application of biological molecules, organisms, and systems to the detection of materials.
  • Contact: william.mckendree@us.af.mil
Wenbin Mei Wenbin Mei
Received Ph.D. in Spring 2016

  • Major Advisor: William Barbazuk
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Comparative genomics, alternative splicing, phylogenomics
  • Link: ___
  • Contact: wmei@ufl.edu
Paula Mejia-Velasquez Paula Mejia-Velasquez
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Major Advisor: Steven Manchester
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Paleobotany and paleopalynology
  • Link: ___
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François Michonneau François Michonneau
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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Jessica A. Oswald
Received Ph.D. in 2014

  • Major Advisor: David Steadman
  • Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Florida
  • Research Interests: Ornithology, historical diversity and distributions, paleontology, phylogenetics, hybridization
  • Link: http://jessicaoswald.weebly.com/
  • Contact: oswaldj3[at]gmail.com

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Danielle Palow Danielle Palow
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Major Advisor: Kaoru Kitajima
  • Current Position: ___
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Joe Pfaller Joe Pfaller
Received Ph.D. in Spring 2016

  • Major Advisor: Karen Bjorndal
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Ecology and evolution of rafting crabs; biology and conservation of sea turtles; epibiosis of marine vertebrates
  • Link: ___
  • Contact: jpfaller@ufl.edu
Catalina Pimiento
Received Ph.D. in 2015

  • Major Advisor: Bruce MacFadden
  • Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Zürich
  • Research Interests: Macroecologist. Interested in the ecology of sharks in deep time. Particularly nursery habitats, long-term diversity dynamics, environmental constraints, biogeography, body size, extinction and conservation. Also interested in formal and informal science education, educational technology, blended teaching and learning, and public outreach.
  • Link: Dr. Catalina Pimiento Hernandez
Jorge Piño Jorge Piño
Degree Program: M.S.

  • Major Advisor: Steven Phelps
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Tropical ecology, neotropical mammalogy and phylogeography
  • Link: ___
  • Contact: ___

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Fan Qiu Fan Qiu
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Major Advisor: Michael Miyamoto
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: ___
  • Link: ___
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Kimberly Reich
Received Ph.D. in 2009

  • Major Advisor: Karen Bjorndal
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Research Interests: Stable isotope, sea turtle, manatee, and coastal ecosystem ecology.
  • Contact: Kim_reich@pba.edu
Julian Resasco
Received Ph.D. in 2013

  • Major Advisor: Doug Levey
  • Current Position: NSF Postdoctoral Fellow University of Colorado
  • Research Interests: Corridors, habitat fragmentation, community ecology, conservation biology
  • Link: Julian Resasco
  • Contact: jresasco@colorado.edu
Nick Ruktanonchai Nick Ruktanonchai
Received Ph.D. in 2014

  • Major Advisor: David L. Smooth
  • Current Position: Research Fellow, University of Southampton
  • Research Interests: ___
  • Link: ___
  • Contact: nrukt00@gmail.com
Ruslandi
Received Ph.D. in Summer 2016

  • Major Advisor: Francis Putz
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Tropical Forest Ecology and Management
  • Link: ___
  • Contact: r.ruslandi@ufl.edu

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Verity Salmon
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Major Advisor: Edward Schuur
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: ___
  • Link: ___
  • Contact: vsalmon@ufl.edu
Daniel Sasson
Received Ph.D. in 2013

  • Major Advisor: H. Jane Brockmann
  • Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
  • Research Interests: Evolution, behavioral ecology, sexual selection
  • Link: Daniel A. Sasson
  • Contact: dsasson@ufl.edu
Maria Claudia Segovia Maria Claudia Segovia
Degree Program: Ph.D.

Coleman Sheehy III
Received Master of Science in Zoology

  • Major Advisor: Harvey B. Lillywhite
  • Current Position: Research Assistant Professor, University of Florida
  • Research Interests: Ecology, evolution, and systematics of reptiles and amphibians
  • Contact: coleman3@ufl.edu
Laura Sirot
Received Ph.D.

  • Major Advisor: H. Jane Brockmann
  • Current Position: Associate Professor, The College of Wooster
  • Research Interests: Sexual Selection, Reproductive Molecules, Applied Animal Behavior
  • Link: Sirot Lab
  • Contact: lsirot@wooster.edu
Martijn Slot
Received Ph.D. in 2013

  • Major Advisor: Kaoru Kitajima
  • Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
  • Research Interests: Plant ecophysiology, Tropical forest ecology, Plant reproduction, Climate Change
  • Link: Martijn Slot, Plant ecophysiologist
  • Contact: slotm@si.edu
Kelly Speer Kelly Speer
Recieved Master of Science

  • Major Advisor: David Reed
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Biogeography of small mammals, host-parasite coevolution, and conservation
  • Link: ___
  • Contact: ___
Adrian Stier
Received Ph.D.

  • Major Advisor: Craig Osenberg
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Research Interests: My research examines the processes that drive the, biodiversity, recovery and resilience of harvested ecosystems.
  • Link: ADRIAN STIER
  • Contact: adrian.stier@gmail.com
Kelly Sweitzer (Jones)
Received Master of Science in 2006

  • Major Advisor: Marta Wayne
  • Current Position: Science Teacher at Davidson Middle School
  • Research Interests: Eight years as a science educator and 2 years as science coach/coordinator. Mother of 2 beautiful girls and wife to a sweet and loving husband.
  • Contact: Kmjucf@gmail.com

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Lanlan Tang
Received Ph.D. in 2015

  • Major Advisor: Alice Harmon, Keith Choe
  • Current Position: Post Doctoral Associate; Institute on Aging, UF
  • Research Interests: Aging and geriatric research
  • Link: Lanlan Tang, Ph.D.
  • Contact: lanlantang@ufl.edu
Oscar Tarazona Oscar Tarazona
Received Ph.D. in Summer 2015

  • Major Advisor: Martin Cohn
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Evolutionary developmental biology
  • Link: ___
  • Contact: ___
Julia Tejada Lara Julia Tejada Lara
Degree Program: M.S.

  • Major Advisor: Bruce MacFadden
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Link: ___
  • Contact: ___

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Judit Ungvari-Martin Judit Ungvari-Martin
Received Ph.D. in Spring 2016

  • Major Advisor: Scott Robinson
  • Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
  • Research Interests: Ecology and evolution of tropical bird communities
  • Link: Judit Ungvari Martin
  • Contact: jungvari@gmail.com

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Carrie Vath Carrie Vath
Received Ph.D. in 2014

  • Major Advisor: Scott Robinson
  • Current Position: Associate Vice Chancellor/Dean of Students Affairs, Montana Tech University
  • Research Interests: Student success, academic policy, enrollment management
  • Link: ___
  • Contact: Cvath@mtech.edu

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Thales West Thales West
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Major Advisor: Francis Putz
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Payment for environmental services, REDD+
  • Link: ___
  • Contact: ___
Cedric Worman – Deceased (1973 – 2014)
Received Master of Science in 2004 and Ph.D. in 2012

  • Major Advisor: Robert Holt
  • Last Position: Assistant Professor at Francis Marion University
  • Research Interests: Community ecology, conservation biology, evolution, nutritional ecology, mammalian behavior, primatology, restoration ecology, tropical ecology.
Natalie Wright
Received Master of Science in 2009

  • Major Advisor: David Steadman
  • Current Position: Postdoc Fellow, University of Montana
  • Research Interests: Avian ecology, evolution, and functional morphology
  • Link: Natalie A. Wright
  • Contact: nataliestudiesbirds@gmail.com

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Amy Zanne
Received Master of Science in 1998 and Ph.D. in 2003

  • Major Advisor: Colin Chapman
  • Current Position: Associate Professor, George Washington University
  • Research Interests: Plant and microbe ecophysiology, macroecology, and macroevolution; Plant and microbe functional traits and structure function relationships; Woody decay; Controls on plant carbon pool sizes and flux rates
  • Link: Welcome to the Zanne Lab!
  • Contact: aezanne@gmail.com
  • Twitter: @AmyZanne
Rosana Zenil-Lopez Rosana Zenil-Ferguson
Received Ph.D. in Spring 2016

  • Major Advisor: José Miguel Ponciano
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Chromosome Number and Genome Size Evolution, Phylogenetic Comparative Methods, Statistics
  • Link: Rosana Zenil-Ferguson
  • Contact: rzenil@ufl.edu
Tong Zhang Tong Zhang
Received Ph.D. in Spring 2016

  • Major Advisor: Sixue Chen
  • Current Position: ___
  • Research Interests: Guard cell redox signaling
  • Link: ___
  • Contact: tongzhang@ufl.edu

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