The Graduate Program in


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Name Contact Information Research Interests

Adler, Lynn

Professor of Biology


102D Fernald Hall

Ecology and evolution of insect-plant interactions

Albertson, R. Craig

Associate Professor of Biology


336 Morrill II South

Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Alcott, Derrick

PhD Student

US Geological Survey S.O. Conte Lab
1 Migratory Way, Turners Falls, MA, 01376

Aquatic ecology, fish passage, anadromous fishes

Alpert, Peter

Professor of Biology


100A Clark Hall

Plant Ecology and Conservation Science

Alteio, Lauren


PhD Student

Soil Ecology
Community Interactions

Averill, Anne

Professor of Environmental Conservation


204G Fernald

Insect-plant interactions

Babbitt, Courtney C.

Assistant Professor, Biology


330 Morrill 2

Evolutionary Genomics

Bartlett, Madelaine

Assistant Professor, Biology


108 Morrill 3

Evolution of plant development; Molecular evolution

Baskin, Tobias

Professor of Biology


106C Morrill III South

Regulation of Plant Morphogenesis During Growth & Development

Beery, Annaliese

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Biology, Smith College


Sabin-Reed 433, Smith College

Neuroendocrinology of social behavior

Bellemare, Jesse

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College


24B Sabin-Reed, Smith College

Plant ecology, biogeography and evolution

Bittman, Eric L.

Professor of Biology


420G Morrill III South

Circadian Rhythms, Reproduction, and Seasonal Changes in Brain Function

Blanchard, Jeffrey

Associate Professor of Biology


Morrill I N330

Climate Change, Biofuels, Clostridia, Microbial Ecology and Evolution, Genomics, Bioinformatics

Blaustein, Jeffrey D.

Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences


536 Tobin

Neuroendocrinology, Hormone-Neurotransmitter Interactions, Hormones and Behavior, Reproductive Endocrinology, Peripubertal Stress and Reproduction

Boyer, Matt D.

PhD Candidate


Plant-animal interactions

Bradley, Bethany A.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation


318 Holdsworth

Biogeography and spatial ecology of terrestrial plant invasions

Brennan, Patricia

Research Assistant Professor of Biology and Psychological & Brain Sciences

413- 545-6606

125 MIddlesex

Evolutionary consequences of interactions between behavior, morphology and the environment

Broadley, Hannah J.

PhD Candidate


Ag. Eng. Rm 115

Invasive forest insects

Bubier, Jill L.

Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Mount Holyoke College


Clapp Laboratory, Mount Holyoke College

Carbon cycling in northern wetlands

Buonaccorsi, John P.

Professor of Mathematics and Statistics


1435K Lederle

Statistical theory, methods and applcations, Quantitative ecology

Byers, Bruce

Associate Professor of Biology


348 Morrill 2

Acoustic communication in birds

Caicedo, Ana L.

Associate Professor of Biology


LSL N425

Plant molecular evolution and evolutionary genomics

Caldwell, Graham

Associate Professor of Kinesiology


105 Totman

Muscle mechanics and modeling in human motor performance

Carmignani, Jason

PhD Candidate

Ecology of freshwater fish in anthropogenically altered hydrologic regimes

Castro-Santos, Theodore

Research Ecologist, USGS-S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center


Conte Anadromous Fish Lab, Turners Falls, MA 01376-0796

Biomechanics and Behavior of Migratory Fishes; Bioengineering of Fish Passage Structures

Clotfelter, Ethan D.

Professor of Biology, Amherst College


229 McGuire Life Sciences, Amherst College

Reproductive behavior of birds and fishes

Concannon, Moira R.

PhD Candidate

336 Morrill 2

Evolution of a morphological novelty in Cichlids

Cooley, Daniel R.

Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture


103 Clark Hall

Ecology of fungal-plant interactions in agricultural systems

Cox, Suzanne

PhD Candidate


332 Morrill 2

Biomechanics and the influence of physics on evolution

Cox Fernandes, Cristina

Lecturer/Adjunct Research Associate Professor of Biology


142 Morrill II South

Ecology and evolutionary diversity of neotropical freshwater fishes, particularly within the Amazon River

Curtis, Caroline

PhD Candidate

Spatial and temporal dynamics of invasive species distributions

Danylchuk, Andy J.

Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation


311 Holdsworth

Fish conservation, recreational fisheries, sustainable aquaculture

DeAngelis, Kristen M.

Assistant Professor of Microbiology


LSL N573

Community ecology and physiology of soil microbes, climate change, plant-soil interactions

DeStefano, Stephen

Research Professor of Environmental Conservation

USGS Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Leader


329 Holdsworth

Urban and suburban wildlife, forest wildlife, and human-wildlife interactions

Dorit, Robert L.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College


Ford Hall 114, Smith College

Molecular evolution; comparative & statistical approaches to molecular & genome evolution

Doubleday, Laura

PhD Candidate


102E Fernald

Plant-insect interactions

Downes, Gerald B.

Associate Professor of Biology


427C Morrill 2

Development and function of spinal cord networks

Dumont, Elizabeth R.

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs;

Director, Interdisciplinary Grad. Programs, CNS;

Professor of Biology


321 Morrill 2

Vertebrate Morphology

Elkinton, Joseph S.

Professor of Environmental Conservation


310 Ag Engineering

Population dynamics and biological control of invasive forest insects

Ellison, Aaron M.

Senior Researcher, Harvard Forest, Harvard University;

Adj. Res. Professor of Biology, UMass


324 Main Street, Petersham, MA

Community ecology

Finn, John

Professor of Environmental Conservation


313A Holdsworth

Network Analysis of Acoustic Telemetry

Fuller, Todd K.

Professor of Environmental Conservation


128 Holdsworth

Mammalian population ecology and natural history

Fusco, Emily J.

PhD Candidate

spatial analysis of fire ecology

Gerson, Alexander R.

Assistant Professor, Biology


409 Morrill 3

Integrative ecological physiology of birds, energetics, water balance, bird migration

Gill, Cynthia

Associate Professor of Natural Sciences, Hampshire College


Cole Science Center 305, Hampshire College

Human and comparative physiology, neuroscience, endocrinology, herpetology, conservation biology, and behavioral biology

Gillis, Gary B.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College


120 Clapp, Mount Holyoke College

Biomechanics and neuromuscular control of vertebrate locomotion

Gilman, Casey

PhD Candidate


205 Morrill 3

Lizard locomotion, adhesion, and postcopulatory sexual selection

Goodwin, Sarah

PhD Candidate

356 Morrill 2

Song Performance in Communication Networks

Goodwin, Steven

Dean, College of Natural Sciences

Professor of Microbiology

106 Stockbridge Hall

Microbial synthesis and degradation of biopolymers, microbial ecology

Grant, Evan

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation

Research Wildlife Biologist, Conte Anadromous Fish Lab


Conte Anadroumous Fish Laboratory, Turners Falls, MA

Ecology and management of amphibian populations and habitat

Griffin, Curtice R.

Professor and Department Head of Environmental Conservation

324 Holdsworth


Wildlife ecology and conservation

Hamill, Joseph

Professor of Kinesiology


238 Totman

Biomechanics of human locomotion

Hancock, Laura

M. S.

PhD Student

Plant ecology, community ecology, invasive species

Haro, Alex

Adjunct Professor of Environmental Conservation

Ecologist and Section Leader, Fish Passage Engineering S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center


Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center-USGS, Turners Falls, MA

Fish behavior and migration; fish passage; biology and management of anguillid eels

Holt, Brigitte M.

Associate Professor of Anthropology


103 Machmer

Biocultural evolution of the genus Homo, functional morphology and biomechanics of the appendicular skeleton, paleoecology, forager ecology, Old World prehistory, Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene ecology, bone mass and physical activity.

Hood, Michael

Associate Professor of Biology, Amherst College


352 McGuire LIfe Sciences Building

Evolutionary forces that shape systems of inheritance and disease transmission

Hoopes, Martha F.

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College


214 Clapp, Mount Holyoke College

Conservation biology, invasion dynamics, spatial modeling (primarily with plants)

Houlihan, Peter W.

Senior Lecturer in Biology


352 Morrill II South

Animal Behavior, Vertebrate Ecology, and Conservation Biology

Hu, Yinan

PhD Candidate

336 Morrill 2

Evolutionary mechanisms of craniofacial variation in African cichlids and Antarctica notothenioids

Irschick, Duncan J

Professor of Biology


205C Morrill III

Functional Morphology, Evolution, and Behavioral Ecology

Jakob, Elizabeth


Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences


109 Middlesex

Animal behavior, especially perception, learning, and social behavior

Jaques, Alice (Penny)

OEB Program Manager


319 Morrill 3

Jensen, Abigail

Associate Professor of Biology


108C Morrill III South

Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Vertebrate Retinal Development and Retinal Disease

Johnson, Norman A.

Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Biology & Environmental Conservation


440 Morrill North

Evolutionary genetics, evolution of development

Jordaan, Adrian

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation


309 Holdsworth

Ecosystems, modeling, tagging, movement, trophic dynamics, diadromous, marine,
fisheries, historical ecology

Kamilar, Jason M.

Assistant Professor of Anthropology


102 Machmer Hall

Comparative biology of primates and other mammals

Karlstrom, Rolf O.

Professor, Biology


330 Morrill 2

Developmental neurobiology; axon guidance and forebrain patterning

Katz, Laura A.

Elsie Damon Simonds Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College


201 Burton Hall, Smith College

Genome evolution and biodiversity studies of microbial eukaryotes

Kelly, Diane A.

Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences


Tobin Hall

Neurobiology, biomechanics, and evolution of reproductive systems.

Kent, Jane

Professor of Kinesiology


22 Totman

Muscle physiology

King, David

Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Environmental Conservation

Research Wildlife Biologist USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, Amherst


201 Holdsworth

Wildlife ecology and conservation

Kuo, Chi-Yun

PhD Candidate


213 Morrill South

Tail autotomy in lizards

Lacreuse, Agnès

Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences


531 Tobin

Sex hormones and cognition across the lifespan in primates

Lavine, Michael L.

Professor, Mathematics and Statistics


1623E LGRT

Statistical Theory and Methods

Leckie, R. Mark

Professor and Department Head, Geosciences


252 Morrill 4

Micropaleontology, Biostratigraphy, Paleoceanography

Letcher, Benjamin

Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

Section Leader, Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center


Conte Anadromous Fish Lab, Turners Falls, MA 01376-0796

Population ecology of stream fishes

Levin, Rachel A.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Amherst College


McGuire Life Sciences Building, Amherst College

Plant systematics, biogeography and ecology

Lin, Yi-Fen

PhD Candidate

321 Morrill 2

Functional morphology and biomechanics

Long, Skye M.

PhD Candidate


105 Middlesex

Functional neurobiology of spider brains

Ma, Li-Jun

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

(413) 545-1205

LSL N433

Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

Marjadi, Meghna N.

MS Student

1st year student

Maurer-Alcala, Xyrus

PhD Candidate

Smith College

Gene family evolution and the nuclear architecture of ciliates

McCormick, Stephen D.

Adjunct Professor of Biology

Research Physiologist, Conte Anadromous Fish Lab


Conte Anadromous Fish Lab, Turners Falls, MA 01376-0796

Environmental Physiology of Fish

McGarigal, Kevin

Professor of Environmental Conservation


304 Holdsworth

Landscape ecology, ecosystem management, wildlife ecology

Miller, Jill

Associate Professor of Biology, Amherst College


224 McGuire, Amherst College

Ecology and evolution of plant sexual systems

Moen, Daniel M.

Darwin Postdoctoral Fellow


Shade Tree Lab

Evolution of ecology, morphology, and performance

Murphy, Theresa

MS Student

1st year student

Navon, Dina

PhD Candidate

Albertson Lab

Genetic basis of plasticity in the African cichlid and threespine stickleback adaptive radiations

Nislow, Keith H.

Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

Research Fishery Biologist, USDA Forest Service


201 Holdsworth

Ecology and conservation biology of stream fishes and invertebrates

Normark, Benjamin

Professor of Biology


Fernald Hall 104

Evolution of alternative genetic systems; evolution of host range; scale insect systematics

Novak, Melinda

Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences


439 Tobin

Behavior of microtines and primates

Nüsslein, Klaus

Professsor of Microbiology


N326B Morill I-N

Microbial ecology of terrestrial and aquatic environments

Palmer Young, Evan Charles

PhD Candidate


102F Fernald

Systemic acquired resistance in plant-insect interactions

Partan, Sarah

Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, Hampshire College


131 Adele Simmons Hall, Hampshire College

Visual and acoustic communication in mammals

Pepi, Adam

5 YR MS student

Population ecology, forest ecology, invasive species

Peterson, Daniel A

PhD Candidate


105 Fernald

The evolution of host range in scale insects

Podos, Jeffrey

OEB Graduate Program Leader

Professor of Biology


332A Morrill II South

Mechanisms and evolution of vertebrate behavior, bioacoustics

Pold, Grace

PhD Student

LSL 560B

Soil microbial ecology and biogeochemistry

Porter, Adam H.

Associate Professor of Biology

Admissions Committee Chair, OEB


440 Morrill 1 (North)

Evolutionary biology; hybridization, introgression & speciation; ecological genetics; evolution of regulatory genetic pathways; computer and mathematical modeling; invasion and range expansion; insects, especially butterflies and moths

Rachootin, Stan P.

Professor of Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College


3D Clapp, Mount Holyoke College

Evolution and development, history of evolutionary theory

Remage-Healey, Luke

Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences


525 Tobin

Neural basis of behavior

Rich, Stephen

Professor of Microbiology


209B Fernald Hall

Molecular Evolution and Population Genomics of Arthropod-borne Microbial Pathogens

Richmond, Alan M.

Lecturer in Biology

Curator of Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles , NaturalHistory Collections


457 Morrill IV South

Phylogeography of New England amphibians and reptiles

Riley, Margaret (Peg)

Professor of Biology


304A Morrill III

Microbial molecular evolution and ecology

Rodríguez-Reillo, William G.

PhD Student

(413) 577-2133

Life Science Laboratories N-560

Microbial communities structure in soil

Romero, Mario Alberto

PhD Student

1st year student

Ross, Charles

Associate Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Hampshire College

Cole Science Center, Hampshire College

Ecological and evolutionary genetics of hybrid zones and speciation

Roy, Allison H.

Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation


317 Holdsworth

Freshwater ecology, fish and macroinvertebrates, urban ecology, conservation

Sakrejda, Krzysztof

PhD Candidate

11 Hatch

Movement, infectious disease, territorial behavior and modeling

Schneider, Scott


Joint OEB/Entomology PhD Candidate


104 Fernald

Scale insect systematics, molecular phylogenetics, mutualism, symbiosis, taxonomy, dietary studies, stable isotopes, ant-insect interactions, agriculture, domestication

Schueller, Paul

PhD Candidate

Conte Fish Research Lab, Turners Falls, MA

Population genetics, movement patterns, and population persistence of brook trout in the Connecticut River basin

Seidler, Tristram

Extension Assistant Professor, Biology


401B Morrill Science Center

Plant ecology, plant diversity, invasive plants, climate change

Sela, David A.

Assistant Professor, Food Science


340 Chenoweth Laboratory

Host-microbe coevolution, microbial genomics & ecology, host dietary influences on microbiota form and function

Shaughnessy, Ciaran A. S.

Ph.D. Student

Comparative physiology. Organismal, cellular, and molecular adaptations to migration.

Sievert, Lynnette

Professor of Anthropology



Evolution of menopause

Sievert, Paul R

Research Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation


319 Holsdworth

Conservation biology, physiological ecology and biostatistics

Smith, Andrew J.

PhD Candidate

321 Morrill 2

Early mammalian feeding mechanics, mammal tooth morphology, phylogenetic comparative methods

Smith, L. David

Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program


229 Sabin Reed

Ecology and evolution of marine predator-prey interactions

Stengle, Anne G.

PhD Candidate


Habitat selection, connectivity, and viability of a timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) metapopulation in southwestern Massachusetts

Stinson, Kristina

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation


217 Holdsworth

Plant Ecology, Invasive Plants, Biological Responses to Global Change

Stoffolano, John

Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture


204A Fernald Hall

Behavior and physiology of flies especially of the adult crop organ and the mechanisms regulating filling and depletion

Straley, Katherine (Kit) M.

PhD Candidate

Holdsworth 207B

Urban ecology, foraging behavior, ornithology

Strauss, Amy

PhD Candidate

332 Morril II South

Vocal communication & acoustic signaling in songbirds

Suni, Sevan

Darwin Postdoctoral Fellow


109 Shade Tree Lab

Effects of ecology and environmental change on genetic variation

Suvorov, Alexander

Assistant Professor, Public Health


149 A Goessman Building

Effects on behavior by environmental xenobiotics with endocrine disruptive properties

Temeles, Ethan J.

Professor of Biology, Amherst College

225 McGuire Life Sci

225 McGuire Life Sciences Building, Amherst College

Foraging behavior; Territoriality; Intra- and Interspecific competition; Resource partitioning; Mutualism; Coevolution;
Sexual dimorphisms and polymorphisms

Umberger, Brian R.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology


106 Totman

Biomechanics and energetics of hominin locomotion

Walker, Elsbeth

Professor of Biology

Director of Plant Biology Graduate Program


129A Morrill III South

Epigenetic mechanisms in plants

Warren, Paige S.

Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation


216 Holdsworth

Urban ecology, human-environment interactions, animal behavior

Whiteley, Andrew

Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation


107 Holdsworth

Conservation genetics and evolutionary ecology of fishes

Zhang, Yong

PhD Candidate


Comparative fungal genomics

Zoeller, Thomas

Professor of Biology


412A Morrill III South

Environmental endocrine disrupters

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