The Graduate Program in


Name Dissertation/Thesis Title Current Position
Almeida, Suellen

MS, 2012

The effects of environmental temperature on locomotor performance and growth patterns in spotted salamanders, Ambystoma maculatum

Graduate student, Saarland University, Germany

Andersen, Jeremy C.

MS, 2009

A phylogenetic analysis of armored scale insects, based upon nuclear, mitochondrial, and endosymbiont gene sequences

Doctoral Student, University of California Berkeley

Azizi, Manny

PhD, 2005

Biomechanics of Salamander Locomotion

Assistant Professor, University of California Irvine

Belinsky, Kara L.

PhD, 2008

Imperfectly redundant signals: Color, song, and mate choice in Chestnut-sided warblers (Dendroica pensylvanica)

Assistant Professor, State University of New York New Paltz

Bergmann, Philip J.

PhD, 2008

A phylogenetic and functional approach to the study of the evolution of body shape in lizards (Squamata)

Assistant Professor of Biology, Clark University

Bernardo, Holly

MS, 2010

Spatial variation and tradeoffs in species interactions

Plant Ecology Research Technician, Tyson Research Center, Washington University

Bolus, Rachel T. (Bru)

PhD, 2013

Birdsong as a source of social information for migrating
common yellowthroats

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Montana

Bone, Beth

PhD, 2007

Post-introduction evolution in invasive Bromus tectorum

Biology First Year Coordinator, Clark University

Brown, Alexandria (Lexi)

PhD, 2014

How yellow is your belly? Honesty and carotenoids in a pigmented female fish

Postdoc, Carnegie Institute in Baltimore, MD

Buckley, Christine

PhD, 2008

Phenotypic plasticity, functional morphology and ecomorphology of two terrestrial ectotherms

Communications Manager, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Connecticut

Carlson, Stephanie

MS, 2002

Variation in Trout Growth and Survival Within and Among Seasons, Species, and Cohorts

Assistant Professor, University of California Berkeley

Charney, Noah D.

PhD, 2010

Movin' & Groovin' Salamanders: Conservation Implications of Large Scales and Quirky Sex

Author and naturalist

Claeson, Kerin M.

MS, 2005

New Interpretations the Skill of a Primitive Bony Fish: Erpetoichthys calabaricus (Actinopterygii: Cladistia)

Assistant Professor, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Curd, Emily E.

MS, 2007

Wild mammals harbor bacteria with a diversity of novel and known antibiotic resistance genes: A resistance gene reservoir in the wild?

PhD Student, UCLA Institute of the Environment & Sustainability

Cushman, Samuel

PhD, 2003

Hierarchical, Multi-scale Analysis of Species Environment Relationships

Research Landscape Ecologist, Rocky Mountain Research Station

D'Ambrosio, Ugo

MS, 1998

Ultrastructure and description of Cryptotermes cavifrons eukaryotic symbionts: Snyderella sp., Stephanonympha sp. and Caduceia sp.

Doctoral student, School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent

Dalton, Evan

MS, 2014

The effects of suburbanization on nest ectoparasites and nest defense behaviors in the Wood Thrush

Lead Instructor, Climate Lab, Manomet Center for Conservation Services

Danos, Nicole

MS, 2005

Biomechanics of the Skin during Swimming in the American Eel, Anguilla rostrata

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Irvine

Del Toro, Israel

PhD, 2014

Turning up the heat on the little things that run the world: Evaluating the impacts of climate change on ant biodiversity in the temperate forest communities of the Northeastern United States

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, U.Copenhagen, NMSU & JLTER

Dewar, Eric

PhD, 2008

Dietary ecology and community paleoecology of Early Tertiary mammals

Associate Professor, Suffolk University

Doherty, Mary

PhD, 2009

Distribution and Diversity of Planktonic Ciliates in the Choreotrichia and Oligotrichia: Patterns and Driving Forces

Assistant Professor of Biology, Rhodes College

Dolan, Michael

PhD, 1999

Amitochondriate protists: Trichomonad symbionts of dry-wood-eating termites

Adjunct Professor of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dornhoff, Sharon L.

PhD, 2001

Mitochondrial Adaptive Change and a CAPr-correlated Polymorphism in Toxin-selected Brachionus plicatilis Rotifers

Science Faculty, Lehigh Carbon Community College

Drake, Abby G

PhD, 2004

Evolution and Development of the Skull Morphology of Canids: An Investigation of Morphological Integration and Heterochrony

Visiting Assistant Professor, Skidmore College

Dunthorn, Micah

PhD, 2009

Ciliate biodiversity and phylogenetic reconstruction assessed by multiple molecular markers

Independent Junior Research Group Leader, Department of Ecology, University of Kaiserslautern

Eiting, Thomas P.

PhD, 2014

Functional and comparative morphology of the nasal cavity in phyllostomid bats

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Utah

Erelli, Mark

MS, 1999

The influence of material effects on the dispersal, growth, and population dynamics of gypsy moths (Lymantria dispar, l.)


Gabela, Ana

MS, 2007

Diversity and Movement Patterns of Passerine Birds near an Urban Center on Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands

Instructor, Hotchkiss School, CT

Gillespie, Sandra

PhD, 2011

Mutualisms in trophic cascades: The effects of parasites of bumblebees on pollination

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Entomology, University of California Davis

Goodale, Eben

PhD, 2005

Interspecific communication in mixed-species bird flocks of a Sri Lankan rainforest

Associate Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Goodwin, Elijah

PhD, 2008

The ecology and development of alternative vocal learning programs in birds

Nature Photographer, Whimbrel Nature Photography

Grand, Joanna

PhD, 2004

Setting Conservation Priorities at the Local Scale: The Threatened Pitch Pine-Scrub Oak Communities of Southeastern Massachusetts

Research Fellow, Landscape Ecology Lab, University of Massachusetts

Gruwell, Matthrew

PhD, 2007

Investigating endosymbionts of scale insects from the family Diaspididae

Assistant Professor, Penn State Erie

Gwiazdowski, Rodger A.

PhD, 2011

Discovery and evolution of cryptic species among North American pine-feeding Chionaspis scale insects (Hemiptera: Diaspididae)

Post Doctoral Fellow, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, Guelph University

Ha, Melissa

MS , 2014

Henningsen, Justin P.

PhD, 2013

Performance and signaling in the green anole lizard

Postdoctoral Fellow, Texas A&M University

Hilton, Eric J.

PhD, 2002

A Contribution to the Comparative Osteology and Phylogenetic Systematics of Fossil and Living Bony-tongue Fishes (Actinopterygii, Teleostei, Osteoglossomorpha)

Associate Professor, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, The College of William and Mary

Hoefler, Chad

PhD, 2005

The Behavioral Ecology of Jumping Spiders (Phidippus sp.): Laboratory and Field Studies of Mating Behavior and Space Use

Assistant Professor, Arcadia University

Hof, David

PhD, 2014

Aggressive Signaling in New World Warblers

Lecturer, Southern Vermont College

Huber, Sarah K.

PhD, 2007

Behavioral ecology of Darwin's finches: Song and mating patters in a bimodal population of the medium ground finches (Geospiza fortis)

Visiting Assistant Professor, The College of William and Mary

Jenks, Kate

PhD, 2012

Distribution of Large Mammal Assemblages in Thailand with a Focus on Dhole (Cuon alpinus) Conservation

Conservation Biologist, Minnesota Zoo

Johnson, Steve

PhD, 2005

Song learning and syntax patterns in the American Robin, and the soil characteristics of Bank Swallow nest sites

Division Leader, Rare Species and Wildlife Division of New England Environmental

Jones, Michael

PhD, 2009

Spatial ecology, population structure, and conservation of the Wood Turtle, Glyptemys insculpta, in Central New England

Post Doctoral Research Associate, Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jordan, Rebecca

PhD, 2001

Visual Factors Guiding Mate Choice in a Group of Lake Malawi Cichlids

Associate Professor, Rutgers University
Director, Program in Science Learning

Jorgensen, Jeremy

MS, 1999

Isolation and Cultivation of Spore-forming Filamentous Bacteria from Porcellio scaber

Science teacher, Windsor High School, CT

Kanda, Leann

PhD, 2005

Factors Influencing Survival and Reproduction of Virginia Opossums (Didelphis virginiana) at their Northern Distributional Limit

Associate Professor, Ithaca College

Kauffman, Katie

MS, 2012

Population dynamics, chick diet, and foraging behavior of the razorbill (Alca torda) at Matinicus Rock, Maine

Kley, Nathan

PhD, 2001

Functional Morphology and Evolution of the Feeding Apparatus of Blind Snakes

Associate Professor, Stony Brook University

Lahr, Daniel

PhD, 2011

Exploring patterns of evolution in the Amoebozoa

Assistant Professor of Zoology, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Landberg, Tobias

MS, 2003

Ontogeny of escape swimming performance in the spotted salamander, Ambystoma maculatum

Assistant Professor, Arcadia University

Lerman, Susannah

PhD, 2011

The conservation value of residential landscapes for native bird communities: The patterns, processes and management implications

Postdoctoral Research Associate, USFS Northern Research Station, UMass Amherst

Lerner, Darren

PhD, 2007

Endocrine control and disruption of physiological and behavioral smolt development in Atlantic salmon,
Salmo salar

Associate Director, Sea Grant, University of hawaii

Levine, Robb

MS, 2003

Contribution of Eye Retraction to Swallowing Performance in the Northern Leopard Frog, Rana pipiens

Physician Assistant, Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Lord, Kathryn

PhD, 2010

A heterochronic explanation for the behaviorally polymorphic genus Canis: A study of the development of behavioral differences in dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) and wolves (Canis lupus lupus)

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, Gettysburg College

McKenzie, Alexa

MS, 2014

Volatile profiles and resistance to herbivory in Eastern Hemlock

McMillan, David

PhD, 2009

Functional consequences of acute temperature stress in the Western fence lizard, Sceloporus occidentalis

Lecturer, Biology Department, Santa Clara University

Mead, Louise

PhD, 2001

Patterns and Processes of Speciation in Desmognathine Salamanders

Education Director, BEACON, NSF Center for the Study of Evolution in Action

Monette, Michelle Y.

PhD, 2007

Impacts of episodic acid and aluminum exposure on the physiology of Atlantic salmon Salmo salar smolt development

Postdoctoral Associate, Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Yale School of Medicine

Moseley, Dana L.

PhD, 2013

Vocal performance in songbirds: Territorial defense and the development of male song and female mating preferences

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at The College of William and Mary

Paradis, Annie

PhD, 2011

Studies of the population dynamics of the hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae)

Biology Teacher, Amherst Regional High School

Parfrey, Laura W.

PhD, 2010

The diversity of eukaryotes and their genomes

Assistant Professor in Botany and Zoology, University of British Columbia

Pezet, Joshua

MS, 2013

Patterns of volatile resin secondary metabolism of eastern hemlock and interactions with its exotic herbivores

Razafimahaimodison, Jean Claude

PhD, 2004

Impact of habitat disturbance, including ecotourism activities, on breeding behavior and success of the pitta-like ground roller, Atelornis pittoides, an endangered bird species in the Eastern rainforest of Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar

TEAM Site Manager, Centre ValBio, Ranomafana, Madagascar

Roehrig, Artemis D.

MS, 2013

Regional comparison of overwintering mortality, fecundity and virulence in the hemlock woolly adelgid

Rounds (DaMota), Carolyn

MS, 2010

New Species of Moropus (Mammalia, Perissodactyla, Chalicotheriodea) in the Batesland Formation, Great Plains Area of North America

Instructor, Dutchess Community College

Santana, Sharlene

PhD, 2010

The evolution of cranial morphology, feeding performance and behavior in Neotropical leaf-nosed bats (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae)

Assistant Professor, University of Washington

Sei, Makiri

PhD, 2005

The Ecological Study of the Maritime Ringlet Butterfly (Coenonympha nipisiquit McDunnough) in Daly Point, Bathurst, New Brunswick

Adjunct Professor and Research Associate, Arcadia University

Summers, Adam P.

PhD, 1999

The Functional Implications of a Cartilaginous Skeleton

Associate Director, Friday Harbor Laboratories and
Associate Professor, University of Washington

Sun, Zhiyi (Gigi)

PhD, 2011

Genome reduction in a marine cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus

Computational Biologist, New England Biolabs

Taft, Benjamin N.

PhD, 2010

The role of dawn song in tree swallows and its place in the diversity of oscine song learning

Founder, Landmark Acoustics

Taft, Natalia K.

PhD, 2009

Functional and comparative morphology of the pectoral fins among benthic "scorpaeniform" fishes

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Parkside

Thomas, Stephen R.

PhD, 2005

Pathogenicity and Virulence of Entomophaga maimaiga Humber, Shimazu, Soper and Hajek (Entomophthorales: Entomophthoraceae), a fungal pathogen of gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar L. (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae)

Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

Tulchinsky, Alexander (Sasha)

PhD, 2013

Evolution of hybrid incompatibilities in gene regulatory networks

Tyning, Thomas F.

MS, 1995

Phenology, Conservation, and Behavioral Ecology of the Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) in Western Massachusetts

Professor of Environmental Science, Berkshire Community College

Veselka, Nina

MS, 2013

Diet, feeding behaviour, and the evolution of thumb morphology in phyllostomid bats

Vitale, Kim O.

MS, 2013

Habitat use and seasonal movement patterns of four-toed salamanders (Hemidactylium scutatum) in Massachusetts

Ward, Andrea

PhD, 2005

Morphology and Development of the Axial and Appendicular Systems in Fishes

Associate Professor, Adelphi College

Werle, Sean F.

PhD, 2004

The biology, ecology and cytogenetics of the genus Axarus (Diptera: Chironomidae) in the Connecticut River

Axarus Environmental Consulting and Photography

Whited, Brenda

MS, 2006

The Population Ecology of the Winter Moth (Operophtera brumata) in Eastern Massachusetts

Adjunct Faculty, Columbia Community College and Merced College

Whitlock, Alison

PhD, 2001

Ecology and Status of the Bog Turtle (Clemmys muhlenbergii) in New England

Wildlife Biologist, Northeast Region, USF&WS

Willey, Lisabeth L.

PhD, 2010

Spatial Ecology of Eastern Box Turtles (Terrapene c. Carolina) in Central Massachusetts

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Massachusetts Amherst