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Lab Members

Spring, 2016

Jack Sullivan, (jacks at - Professor of Zoology, Director of IBEST


Current Graduate Students

Gen Metzger (genevieve.ann at - Gen is working on plasmid phylogeny and evolution and is co-advised by Dr. Eva Top.


Megan Ruffley (ruff6699 at - Megan is working on comparative phylogegraphy of rainforest disjuncts in the Pacific Northwest, and she is co-advised with Dave Tank.


Current Postdoctoral Fellow

Anahi Espindola, (anahi.espindola at Anahi studies co-evolution of oil-eating bees and the plants they pollinate, and she is currently developing a framework for predicting cryptic diversity using comparative phylogeography. She is co-advised with Dave Tank.


Former Postdoctoral Fellows

Chris Drummond, was a postdoctoral fellow from February, 2006 through June, 2008. He was funded via the Center for Research on Invasive Species and Small Populations.


Kari Segraves, Ph.D. (ksegrave at - Kari received an NSF Bioinformatics Postdoc to work in the lab on bioinformatics approaches to testing escape-and-radiate coevolution. She started a tenure-tack position in the Biology Department at Syracuse University in the fall of 2005.


Roland Fleissner, Ph.D. (roland at - Roland was an IBEST Postdoc, and was co-advised by Paul Joyce. He's interested in statistical alignment and modeling sequence-length variation. He's also working on improving convergence properties of mcmc in gereral, and specifically with respect to Bayesian estimation of phylogeny, by using "small world" approaches.


John R. Demboski, Ph.D. (john.demboski at - John is now Curator of Vertebrate Biology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science


Former Graduate Students

Brice Sarver (brice.sarver at - Brice did his PhD research on phylogenomic tests of speciation via diversification with gene flow in chipmunks. He's now a postdoc with Jeff Good.


Jennifer Ripplinger (jripplinger at - Jennifer was a BCB student, and her dissertation focussed on model selection and phylogenetic theory. She defended her PhD in November of 2009.


Jason Evans (joevans at - Jason was a BCB student, and his disseratation focussed on application of high-performance computing to phylogeny estimation from complex molecular data sets. Specifically, he developed generalized mixture models and implemeted these in his software package Crux. He defended his PhD dissertation in October 2009.


Sarah Hird (sarah.hird at - Sarah worked on introgression between chipmunks in the Inland Northwest. She defended her MS in June 2008 and did her PhD with Bryan Carstens and Robb Brumflield at LSU. She is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UConn.


Noah Reid (noah.reid at - Noah worked on chipmunk hybrid zones and phylogeny. He defended hi MS in August, 2008 and did his PhD with Bryan Carstensat LSU. He is now a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UConn.


Bryan Carstens (PhD, Dec. 2004; bryan.c.carstens at ) - Bryan was my first PhD student and is now an Associate Professor in the Department of EEOB at The Ohio State University.


Jeff Good (M.S., May 2002; jeffrey.good at - Jeff is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Montana.


Marilyn Nielson (M.S., May 2001; marilynnielson at - Marilyn runs BlueRye Ecological Services in Tekoa, WA.


A Few Former Undergraduate Students

Jeremiah Degenhart worked on phylogeography of polydesmid millipedes while he was an undergraduate here. He has since received his PhD from Carlos Bustamante while he was at Cornell. Jeremiah now works at Genentech.


Angela Stevenson worked origin of banana slugs in northern Idaho and phylogeography of jumping slugs. After she graduated, she worked in Kelly Zamudio's lab at Cornell.