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photo Alexander Abair
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office:
  • Email: aabair@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Plant systematics and phylogenomics with a focus on the mint family (Lamiaceae)
  • Advisor: Pam Soltis

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photo1 Prabha Amarasinghe
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · 351 Dickinson Hall
  • Email: pamarasinghe@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Systematics, biogeography and plant evolution
  • Advisor: Nico Cellinese
  • Link: Prabha Amarasinghe

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photo2 David Anderson
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 609 Carr Hall
  • Email: daan4786@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Physiology, climate change, theoretical ecology
  • Advisor: Jamie Gillooly

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photo3 Carson Arends
Degree Program: M.S.

  • Office:
  • Email: carends@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Conservation Biology, Stable Isotope Ecology, and Niche Partitioning of Sea Turtles in St. Joe Bay, FL
  • Advisor: Hannah Vander Zanden

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Ian Ausprey Ian Ausprey
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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photo4 Anna Becker
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: _
  • Email: becker.a@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Botany, plant evolution, systematics, taxonomy, phylogenetics. Evolution of endemic Hawaiian Vaccinium (blueberries): origin and dispersal, subsequent speciation and population movement in diverse biogeographical conditions, examining conditions under which plants have adapted to extreme change rapidly. I am curious to compare morphological and ecological patterns of diversification to a molecular phylogeny of this group, hoping to reveal genetic relationships to local adaptions, exposing drivers of evolution.
  • Advisor: Nico Cellinese

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photo5 Michael Belitz
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: _
  • Email: mbelitz@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Butterfly conservation, biogeography, and spatiotemporal modeling.
  • Advisor: Robert Guralnick

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photo6 Joshua Benjamin
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: _
  • Email:
  • Interests: Macroinvertebrates taxonomy and ecology, Fish ecology, heavy metal concentration, aquatic Food web ecology, Climate Change, Biodiversity Conservation and Community ecology.
  • Advisor: Amanda Subalusky

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photo7 Tyler Bowling
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: _
  • Email: tbowling2@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Epigenetics, behavior, evolution, sharks
  • Advisor: Gavin Naylor

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photo8 Alicia Boyd
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: _
  • Email: aliciaboyd@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Regeneration, Genomics, and Developmental Biology
  • Advisor: Elaine Seaver

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photo9 David Boyd
Degree Program: M.S.

  • Office: _
  • Email: dboyd@flmnh.ufl.edu
  • Interests: Systematics and biogeography of Southeast Asian freshwater fishes
  • Advisor: Larry Page

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photo10 Pratush Brahma
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: _
  • Email: pratush.brahma@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Evolution, sexual and natural selection
  • Advisor: Colette St. Mary

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photo11 Steven Byrum
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: s.byrum@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Chondrichthyan evolutionary developmental biology and paleontology
  • Advisor: Gavin Naylor

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photo12 Laura Brenskelle
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: lbrensk@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Biodiversity informatics and scientific data management
  • Advisor: Robert Guralnick

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photo13 Renato Saragoça Bruno
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Carr 614
  • Email: rsaragocabruno@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Sea turtle ecology and physiology and conservation biology
  • Advisor: Karen Bjorndal Alan Bruce Bolten

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Brittaney Buchanan
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office:
  • Email: bbuchanan1@ufl.edu
  • Interests: behavioral ecology, conservation behavior, evolution of behavior and coloration, phylogenetics, conservation genetics, wildlife biology and management, ornithology
  • Advisor: Rebecca Kimball

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Caitlin Campbell
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: _
  • Email: caitlincampbell@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Spatial Ecology, Conservation Biology, Animal Migration, and Stable Isotope Ecology
  • Advisor: Hannah Vander Zanden

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Sarah Carey Sarah Carey
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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Steve Cassidy
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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  • Email: stevencassidy@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Behavioral Ecology, Disease Ecology, Community Ecology, and Evolution of sociality
  • Advisor: Nick Keiser

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Nathan Catlin Nathan Catlin
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Cancer & Genetics Research Complex
  • Email: ncatlin@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Comparative genomics, phylogenomics, polyploidy
  • Advisor: William Barbazuk

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Shweta Chhajed
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 435 Cancer & Genetics Research Complex
  • Email: shwetachhajed@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Glucosinolate metabolism, stomatal defense, guard cell signalling, plant pathogen interaction proteomics, metabolomics and plant molecular biology
  • Advisor: Sixue Chen

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photoscott Scott Cinel
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity
  • Email: cinel1@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Predator-prey ecology, genomics, behavioral ecology, and conservation biology
  • Advisor: Akito Kawahara
  • Link: Scott D. Cinel | Graduate Student

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Galen Cobb
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 420 Bartram Hall
  • Email: gcobb@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Ecological genomics, Evolutionary genetics
  • Advisor: Marta Wayne

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Zuania Colón-Piñeiro
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 412 Carr Hall
  • Email: colonpineiro.z@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Ecology, Developmental biology, Disease ecology, Herpetology
  • Advisor: Ana Longo

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Nerine Constant
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 614 Carr Hall
  • Email: nconstant@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Habitat use and foraging ecology of sea turtles, sea turtle conservation and management
  • Advisor: Karen Bjorndal

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Jacob Corll
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office:
  • Email: jacobcorll@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Molecular Biology, RNA Splicing and the Minor Spliceosome, Genetics Underlying Mammalian Regeneration
  • Advisor: Brad Barbazuk/Malcom Maden

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Maria Beatriz de Souza Cortez
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: mariacortez@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Population genetics, phylogenetics and phylogeography
  • Advisor: Pam Soltis

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Katrina Cuddy Katrina Cuddy
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 318 Carr Hall
  • Email: kkcuddy@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, actin dynamics, membrane trafficking, protein-protein interactions
  • Advisor: David Oppenheimer

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Brittany Cummings
Degree Program: Ph.D

  • Office: _
  • Email: bcummings@ufl.edu
  • Interests: _
  • Advisor: Gustav Paulay

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photolisa Lisa David
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Cancer & Genetics Research Complex
  • Email: lisaidavid@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Plant molecular biology, guard cell signaling networks, plant pathogen interactions, proteomics, and metabolomics
  • Advisor: Sixue Chen

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Wesley Dillard
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office:
  • Email: wdillard@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Evolution, Genetics, Vertebrate Morphology
  • Advisor: Gareth Fraser

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Josh Doby
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History – Dickinson Hall
  • Email: joshuadoby@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Systematics, Biogeography, Phylogenetics, Evolution, Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Advisor: Robert Guralnick

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Zachary Emberts Zachary Emberts
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 611 Bartram Hall
  • Email: emberts@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Conflict between natural and sexual selection, mate choice, and male-male competition.
  • Advisor: Colette St. Mary

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photoenloe Carolyn Enloe
Degree Program: M.S.

  • Office: _
  • Email: enloecm@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Ecology, phylogeography, conservation genetics, and population genetics of Ammodramus maritimus (Seaside sparrow) in Florida
  • Advisor: Rebecca Kimball

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Izuchukwu Ezukanma
Degree Program: Ph.D

  • Office: 616 Bartram Hall
  • Email: iezukanma@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Bryophyte Ecology
  • Advisor: Stuart McDaniel

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Jessica Farrell
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience · St. Augustine, FL
  • Email: jessicafarrell@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Pathogenesis and epidemiology of fibropapillomatosis in sea turtles; coral bleaching; reef ecology and conservation
  • Advisor: Mark Martindale

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Kathryn Feerst
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Whitney Hall (Whitney Labs – St. Augustine)
  • Email: kathrynfeerst@whitney.ufl.edu
  • Interests: I’m interested in the evolution of early development in marine worms. More specifically, I plan to study early development through comparative studies using several polychaete species.
  • Advisor: Elaine Seaver

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Adania Flemming
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office:
  • Email: aflemming@ufl.edu
  • Interests: The ecology of fishes, their role and niche in the environment, their life history as well as understanding how form relates to function
  • Advisor: Bruce MacFadden

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Nicholas Gardner
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History – Dickinson Hall
  • Email: n.gardner@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Ornithology, behavioral ecology, acoustic monitoring
  • Advisor: Scott Robinson & Robert Guralnick

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Claudia Juliana Garnica Díaz
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: BAR 310
  • Email: claudia.garnicad@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Plant anatomy, functional ecology, tropical ecosystems, serpentine soil
  • Advisor: Grace John

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Michelle Gaynor
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History – Dickinson Hall
  • Email: michellegaynor@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Botany, evolutionary biology, and polyploidy
  • Advisor: Pam Soltis

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George Glen
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 614 Carr Hall
  • Email: george.glen@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Sea turtle foraging ecology, reproductive biology and population dynamics
  • Advisor: Karen Bjorndal

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Harlan Gough Harlan Gough
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: goughh@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Evolutionary biology and population genetics
  • Advisor: Akito Y. Kawahara

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Ayress Grinage
Degree Program: M.S.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History Herbarium
  • Email: ayress97@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Sabal palms, monocot systematics, speciation, tropical conservation
  • Advisor: Lucas Majure

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photoalex Alexandra Gulick
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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Ashley Hamersma
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office:
  • Email: ahamersma@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Paleobotany, ecology, ethnobotany
  • Advisor: Steven Manchester

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Natya Hans
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 217 Carr Hall
  • Email: nhans@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Computational Biology, Macroevolutionary modeling, Phylogenetics and Genomics
  • Advisor: John (Gordon) Burleigh

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Arik Hartmann
Degree Program: M.S.

  • Office: 421 Carr Hall
  • Email: arikhartmann@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Herpetology, Disease Ecology, Conservation Biology
  • Advisor: Ana Longo

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Lillian Hendrick
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office:
  • Email: lhendrick@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Lepidopteran evolution and conservation
  • Advisor: Akito Kawahara

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photohern Alexandra Hernandez
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience · St. Augustine, FL
  • Email: ahernandez6@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Evolution of marine invertebrates, phylogenetics, and bioinformatics
  • Advisor: Joseph Ryan

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Lauren Holian
Degree Program: _

  • Office: _
  • Email: lholianuf14@ufl.edu
  • Interests: _
  • Advisor: Jamie Gillooly

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Cody Howard Cody Howard
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: cchoward@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Plant Phylogenetics
  • Advisor: Nicoletta Cellinese
  • Link: Cody Coyotee

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Angkana Huang
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Carr Hall or Emerging Pathogens Institute
  • Email: a.huang@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Evolutionary dynamics of infectious diseases in relation to human interventions
  • Advisor: Derek Cummings

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Indah Huegele
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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Ellen Humbel
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 510 Carr Hall
  • Email: ehumbel@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Courtship behavior, signal complexity, and the evolution of coloration and vision in jumping spiders
  • Advisors: Rebecca Kimball, Lisa Taylor

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Johanna Jantzen Johanna Jantzen
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: jjantzen@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Plant systematics and biogeography
  • Advisor: Pam Soltis, Doug Soltis

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Aditi Jayarajan
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: aditij@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Population genetics, biogeography and evolutionary biology
  • Advisor: David Reed

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photojl Lindsay Johnson
Degree Program: M.S.

  • Office: 609 Carr Hall
  • Email: lindsaymjohnson@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Evolutionary and Population Genetics
  • Advisor: Charles Baer

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photojh Harrison Jones
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · 305 Dickinson Hall
  • Email: harrisonhjones@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Avian mixed-species foraging flocks in fragmented landscapes, behavioral ecology, conservation behavior, ornithology, and tropical ecology
  • Advisors: Todd Palmer, Scott Robinson

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photogj Gregory Jongsma
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: gjongsma@ufl.edu
  • Interests: African amphibian phylogenetics and biogeography
  • Advisor: David Blackburn
  • Link: Greg Jongsma

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Rachel Keeffe
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: rkeeffe@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Morphology, evolution, systematics, amphibians
  • Advisor: David Blackburn

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Rebecca Key
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Cancer Genetics Research Complex – Room 415
  • Email: rebeccakey@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Biochemical genetics, microbial ecology, phycology, bryology
  • Advisor: Bryndan Durham & Stuart McDaniel

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Sikander Khare
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office:
  • Email:
  • Interests: I am interested broadly in theoretical ecology and ecological modeling. Specifically, I am interested in studying commmunity assembly, food web structure, and metacommunities. I particularly want to explore theoretical and empirical modeling that can have practical applications in ecological management.
  • Advisor: Robert Holt

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Taliesin Joaquin Kinser
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · 353 Dickinson Hall
  • Email: tkinser@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Phylogenetic diversity, climate change impacts on plant biodiversity patterns, conservation
  • Advisor: Doug Soltis

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Bonnie Kircher Bonnie Kircher
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office:
  • Email: kircherb@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Evolutionary Developmental Biology
  • Advisor: Martin Cohn

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Travis Klee
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 611 Bartram Hall
  • Email: tklee@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Behavioral Ecology, Evolution, and the influence of Predator-Prey Interactions in fishes
  • Advisor: Colette St. Mary

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Krista Koeller
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: _
  • Email: kkoeller3115@ufl.edu
  • Interests: _
  • Advisor:

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Leslie Kollar
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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Christopher Krieg
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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Shelby Krupar
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office:
  • Email: skrupar@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Florida native epiphytes, evolutionary biology, and climate change
  • Advisor: Nico Cellinese

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Lauren Kunselman
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office:
  • Email: lkunselman@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Neurobiology, Developmental Biology, Regeneration, and Marine Biology
  • Advisor: Elaine Seaver

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photoks Sarah Kurtis
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 318 Carr Hall
  • Email: sarahkurtis@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Ecology and evolution of avian plumage coloration, molecular phylogenetics, and population genetics
  • Advisor: Rebecca Kimball

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photoky Youl Kwon
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: youlkwon@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Polyploidy in Angiosperms, Pollination Biology
  • Advisor: Doug Soltis

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photola Alexis Lanza
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience · St. Augustine, FL
  • Email: alexislanza@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Larval development in marine invertebrates; environmental effects on development
  • Advisor: Elaine Seaver

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Szu-Hsuan Lee
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office:
  • Email: sz.lee@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Evolution, systematics, sharks
  • Advisor: Gavin Naylor

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Kelsey Lewis Kelsey Lewis
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office:
  • Email: lewis23a@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Evolutionary developmental biology, developmental biology
  • Advisor: Martin Cohn
  • Link: Kelsey Lewis

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Chuwei Lin
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Carr Hall
  • Email: chuwei.lin@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Proteins involved in stomata movement during stresses
  • Advisor: Alice Harmon

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Qinyin Ling
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Cancer & Genetics Research Complex
  • Email: lingqinyin@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Alternative splicing, comparative genomics, phylogenomics
  • Advisor: William (Brad) Barbazuk

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photolx Xiaoxian Liu
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: xiaoxianliu@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Plant evolution, polyploidy, and alternative splicing
  • Advisor: Douglas Soltis

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photolfe Elias Lunsford
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience · St. Augustine, FL
  • Email: elunsford@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Navigation behavior of fishes, sensory biology, and neuroethology
  • Advisor: James Liao

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Siddarth Machado
Degree Program: _

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Ashley Meade
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office:
  • Email: ashleymeade@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Foraging ecology of sea turtles, landscape ecology, and coastal ecosystems
  • Advisor: Karen Bjorndal

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Anthony Melton
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: aemelton@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Phylogenetics and Plant Systematics
  • Advisor: Pam Soltis, Doug Soltis

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Sarah McGrath
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office:
  • Email: sarah.mcgrath@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Herpetology, Microbial Ecology, Disease Ecology
  • Advisor: Ana Longo

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Patrick Milligan Patrick Milligan
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 411 Carr Hall
  • Email: pmilligan@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Carbon dynamics and plant physiology in East African savannas
  • Advisor: Todd Palmer
  • Link: Savanna Ecology

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photomm Mrinal Mishra
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 311 Bartram Hall
  • Email: mrinalmishra@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Molecular Systematics, Phylogenetics and Bioinformatics
  • Advisor: Michael Miyamoto

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Dorothy Mitchell
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: _
  • Email: dorothy.mitchell@ufl.edu
  • Interests: _
  • Advisor: Mark Martindale

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photomvl Luis Montalvo
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: ldmontalvo@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Community ecology, avian ecology, landscape ecology
  • Advisor: Scott Robinson

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Jenna Moore Jenna Moore
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · 262 Dickinson Hall
  • Email: jmoore@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Polychaete phylogenetics, biodiversity, & systematics
  • Advisor: Gustav Paulay
  • Link: Jenna Moore, PhD student

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photosmor Sean Moran
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: smmoran@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Vertebrate paleontology, mammalian evolution, stable isotope paleoecology
  • Advisor: Bruce MacFadden

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Vanessa Muhl
Degree Program: M.S.

  • Office:
  • Email: vanessa.muhl@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Cell & molecular biology. Cell & molecular adaptations of different organism, such as C. teleta and C. elegans , to environmental stressors; and its effect on physiological activities.
  • Advisor: David Julian

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Thomas Murphy
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office:
  • Email:
  • Interests: Plant systematics, species delimitation, hybridization, and biogeography. Current groups of interest include Amorpheae (Fabaceae) and Clematis (Ranunculaceae).
  • Advisor: Lucas Majure

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photonadre Andre Naranjo
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: aanaranjo@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Comparative Phylogeography, Conservation and Population Genetics
  • Advisor: Pamela Soltis

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Rachel Narducci
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: renarducci@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Evolution, ecology, and functional morphology of armadillos and their closest relatives, with an emphasis on fossil taxa
  • Advisor: Jonathan Bloch

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Julian Correa Narvaez
Degree Program: Ph.D

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photonwf Felicity Newell
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: fnewell@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Avian ecology, tropical ecology, forest ecology
  • Advisor: Scott Robinson

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Nick Newell
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 511 Carr Hall
  • Email: nicholas.newell@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Evolution, genetics, behavior and aging in social insects
  • Advisor: Hua Yan

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Ella Francesca Nicklin
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office:
  • Email: e.nicklin@ufl.edu
  • Interests:
  • Advisor:

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Christopher Nolte
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office:
  • Email: c.nolte@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Conservation biology, stable isotope ecology, and epibiont communities of sea turtles
  • Advisor: Hannah Vander Zanden

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photodaniel Daniel Paluh
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: dpaluh@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Morphological evolution, herpetology, systematics
  • Advisor: David Blackburn

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photopand Akanksha Pandey
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 618 Carr Hall
  • Email: a.pandey@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Phylogenetics
  • Advisor: Edward Braun

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photopjy John Yong Park
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 310 Carr Hall
  • Email: g2njoy@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Terrestrial ecosystem, forest ecosystem, global climate change, phenology, near-surface remote sensing, plant functional traits, image processing, pattern recognition
  • Advisor: Jeremy Lichstein

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Jessie Pelosi
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 521 Bartram Hall
  • Email: jessiepelosi@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Gene flow, population genomics, and plant evolution
  • Advisor: Emily Sessa / Brad Barbazuk

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photopenj James Peniston
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 110 Bartram Hall
  • Email: jimmpen@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Evolutionary and ecological theory, more specifically the origin and maintenance of biodiversity over long time scales
  • Advisor: Robert Holt

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Kasey Pham
Degree Program: Ph.D

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  • Interests: phylogenomics and hybridization biology
  • Advisor: Doug Soltis

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photopinet Tania Pineda Enriquez
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: pinedae@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Evolution, Phylogenetic and Systematics of ophiuroids (brittle stars)
  • Advisor: Gustav Paulay

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Yuley Encarnación Piñeyro
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · 379 Dickinson Hall
  • Email: yuleyencarnacion@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Cactus family, systematics, biogeography, phylogenetics, evolution, conservation and plant diversity in the West Indies
  • Advisor: Lucas Majure

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Jerald Pinson Jerald Pinson
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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Jeanette Pirlo
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: jpirlo@flmnh.ufl.edu
  • Interests: Shark Paleoecology and Integration of Paleontology in the K-12 Classroom
  • Advisor: Bruce MacFadden

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Trey Polvadore
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Cancer & Genetics Research Complex
  • Email: polvadore@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Vertebrate wound healing and regeneration
  • Advisor: Malcolm Maden

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Moein Rajaei
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 609 Carr Hall
  • Email: moeinraja@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Advisor: Charles Baer

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Elise Richardson
Degree Program: M.S.

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  • Interests: Behavioral disease ecology, entomology, wildlife ecology, conservation biology, vector borne diseases
  • Advisor: Nick Keiser

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Lindsey Riibe
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 521 Bartram Hall
  • Email: la.riibe@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Systematics, biogeography and plant conservation
  • Advisor: Emily Sessa

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Md Monjurul Islam Rifat
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 621 Bartram Hall
  • Email: m.rifat@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Population Genetics, Quantitative Genetics
  • Advisor: Charles Baer

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photohammer Lauren Rowan
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: larowan@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Evolution, biogeography, and conservation
  • Advisor: David Reed

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Juliette Rubin
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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  • Interests: The evolution of anti-predator traits and sensory illusions
  • Advisor: Akito Kawahara

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Arthur Rudolph
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 616 Bartram Hall
  • Email: rudolph3@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Zoology
  • Advisor: Colette St. Mary

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Javiera Rudolph
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 318 Carr Hall
  • Email: javiera.av@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Disease ecology and population dynamics
  • Advisor: José Miguel Ponciano

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photoss Sayran Saber
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 616 Bartram Hall
  • Email: ssaber@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Quantitative evolutionary biology
  • Advisor: Charles Baer

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Miguel Salinas Saavedra
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
  • Email: mssaavedra@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Experimental Embryology, Evo-Devo and cell biology
  • Advisor: Mark Martindale

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Mark Sandfoss Mark Sandfoss
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 609 Carr Hall
  • Email: mrsandfo@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Herpetology, conservation
  • Advisor: Harvey Lillywhite

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Ayush Saxena Ayush Saxena
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 609 Carr Hall
  • Email: s.ayush@ufl.edu
  • Interests: How quantitative traits evolve in experimental lines of C.elegans and other organisms
  • Advisor: Charles Baer

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Jacob Scott
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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  • Interests: Evolution of cephalopod limb development
  • Advisor: Martin Cohn

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Neeka Sewnath
Degree Program: M.S.

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  • Interests: Bioinformatics, Genomics, Phylogenetics
  • Advisor: Robert Guralnick

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Samantha Shablin
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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  • Interests: Disease ecology, behavioral ecology, herpetology
  • Advisor: Nick Keiser / Ana Longo

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photosp Philip Shirk
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 616 Bartram Hall
  • Email: plshirk@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Vertebrate responses to anthropogenic changes, herpetology
  • Advisor: Craig Osenberg

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Kayli Sieber
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 511 Carr Hall
  • Email: kayli.sieber@ufl.edu
  • Interests: I have a broad interest in insect genetics, particularly regarding social insects. I am interested in how an insect’s genetic system can regulate important social traits, such as communication and caste-specific development and behavior.
  • Advisor: Hua Yan

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photoanns Annika Smith
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: annikals@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Floral evolution
  • Advisor: Pamela Soltis, Doug Soltis

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MacKenzie Smith
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: mackenziesmith@ufl.edu
  • Interests: The fossil flora of the Clarno Formation of Oregon which spans from about 50-35 million years ago to reconstruct the local environment and make inferences about global climate
  • Advisor: Steven Manchester

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Gabriel Somarriba
Degree Program:

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
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  • Interests: I have a broad interest in organismal biology with a focus on phenotypic plasticity and how it allows organisms to adapt to rapid change. Specific interest in the effect of genome size on the biology of an organism and how its lineage adapts to environmental changes in the future. Currently studying tetraodontiform fishes as a model group.
  • Advisor: Larry Page

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Luis Soto Luis Soto
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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David Sparks
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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  • Interests: Ichthyology, behavior, biomechanics, morphology, sensory systems, comparative biology, interactions between domains of knowledge
  • Advisor: Jimmy Liao

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Spoelhof, Jonathan Jonathan Spoelhof
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History
  • Email: spoelhof.jon@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Autopolyploidy and the consequences of whole-genome duplication in plants
  • Advisor: Pam Soltis, Doug Soltis

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Ryan St. Laurent
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · McGuire Hall
  • Email: rstlaurent@flmnh.ufl.edu
  • Interests: Systematics, Phylogenetics, and Biogeography of Lepidoptera
  • Advisor: Akito Kawahara

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photobs Bailey Steinworth
Degree Program: Ph.D

  • Office: Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience · St. Augustine, FL
  • Email: bsteinworth@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Development and evolution of cnidarians
  • Advisor: Mark Martindale

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Bowen Tan
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 437 Cancer and Genetics Research
  • Email: tanbowen@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Plant Proteomics
  • Advisor: Sixue Chen

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Emilie-Kate Tavernier
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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  • Interests: I am studying bryophyte dioecy and sexual dimorphism. Specifically, I am comparing the molecular evolution of two moss species, Physcomitrella patens and Ceratodon purpureus, to view how dioecy has evolved.
  • Advisor: Stuart McDaniel

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Kara Taylor
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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  • Interests: Microbiomes (host-associated and free-living), microbial metacommunities, community ecology, and macroecologoy
  • Advisor: Mathew Leibold

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phototenns Shamindri Tennakoon
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History
  • Email: stennakoon@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Invertebrate paleontology
  • Advisor: Michal Kowalewski

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Luke Trimmer-Smith Luke Trimmer-Smith
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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Abigail Uehling
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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  • Interests: Biogeography and diversity of marine invertebrates
  • Advisor: Gustav Paulay

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Maria Vallejo
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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  • Email: maria.vallejo@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Herpetology, vertebrate paleontology, morphological evolution.
  • Advisor: Jonathan Bloch

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Lazaro Willian Lopez Vinola
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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Justin Waletich
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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photomitch Mitch Walters
Received Master of Science in Spring 2016
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History
  • Email: mjw246@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Behavioral ecology, conservation biology, and ornithology
  • Advisor: Scott Robinson

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photowang Zhuolun Wang
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 318 Carr Hall
  • Email: doro5hy@ufl.edu
  • Interests: I am interested in plant biology, and I also have some confidence in my computer programming skills.
  • Advisor: Bernard Hauser

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Manasee Weerathunga
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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  • Interests: As an early-stage graduate student, my research interests still spans across a very broad range. When starting off my career as a researcher I was enthusiastic of doing laboratory and field based research on animal physiology and climate resilience. Now my interests are more inclined towards dry lab based bioinformatics, involving evolutionary biology and computational phylogenomics of biological communities.
  • Advisor: John (Gordon) Burleigh

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Stephanie Wheeler
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History
  • Email: swheele2@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Ornithology, ecology and conservation, which has lead me to my more specific  interest in elevational migration
  • Advisor: Scott Robinson

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photojess Jessica Whelpley
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience · St. Augustine, FL
  • Email: jwhelpley@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Evolution of marine invertebrates in the deep-sea, Genome Evolution, Computational Phylogenetics
  • Advisor: Joseph Ryan

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Lauren Whitehurst
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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  • Email: laurenwhitehurst@ufl.edu
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  • Advisor: Doug Soltis

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Niyomi Wijewardena
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: Florida Museum of Natural History · Dickinson Hall
  • Email: nwijewardena@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Host-parasite interactions, Biogeography, Systematics, Molecular evolution and Population genetics
  • Advisor: David Reed

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Joni Wright
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 318 Carr Hall
  • Email: jwright1855@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Evolutionary Neurophysiology, Physiological Ecology, and Renal Physiology
  • Advisor: Rebecca Kimball
  • Link: Joni Wright

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Qingyuan Xiang
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 437 Cancer & Genetics Research Complex
  • Email: qingyuanxiang@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Stomatal disease triangle, single cell metabolomics and network analysis
  • Advisor: Sixue Chen

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Nicole Yetke
Degree Program: M.S.

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  • Interests: Predator ecology, herpetology, food web dynamics, ecotoxicology, wetland ecology, wildlife conservation, crocodilians, canids, human-wildlife interactions, use of domestic/working dogs for conservation, public engagement and education about predators and conservation, animal behavior, movement, habitat use, and their influence on ecosystem function
  • Advisor: Amanda Subalusky

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Min Zhao
Degree Program: Ph.D.

  • Office: 510 Carr Hall
  • Email: zhao.min@ufl.edu
  • Interests: Birds phylogenetics and biogeography
  • Advisor: Rebecca Kimball

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Wenyi Zhou
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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  • Interests: Avian mixed-species flocks, tropical ecology, ornithology, spatial ecology.
  • Advisor: Scott Robinson

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Bethany Ann Zumwalde
Degree Program: Ph.D.

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  • Interests: Plant systematics, phylogenomics, population genetics and conservation
  • Advisor: Lucas Majure

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