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Lab Members

Fall, 2014

Jack Sullivan, (jacks at - Professor of Zoology


Current Graduate Students

Ken Berger (kberger at - Ken is working on ecomorphology of western shrews and phylogeography of the wandering shrew, Sorex vagrans.

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


Former Postdoctoral Fellows

Chris Drummond, (cdrummon at was a postdoctoral fellow from Frbruary, 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. (fleissner 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 ( sarv7016 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 (hird3189 at - Sarah worked on introgression between chipmunks in the Inland Northwest. She defended her MS in June 2008 and has started a PhD with Bryan Carstens and Robb Brumflield at LSU


Noah Reid (nreid at - Noah worked on chipmunk hybrid zones and phylogeny. He defended hi MS in August, 2008 and has started a PhD with Bryan Carstensat LSU.


Barley Hyde - Nuclear markers to test hyotheses of hybridization in Tamias amoenus canicaudus.


Bryan Carstens (PhD, Dec. 2004; carstens at ) - Bryan is an assistant professor at LSU.


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.


Stacey Poler (spoler at - Stacey works in the Math Department at UofI.


Danny Harris (No photo), Danny received his M.S. in Duke Rogers' Lab at BYU.


Former Undergraduate Students

Jeremiah Degenhardt

Jeremiah 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

Angie 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.



Karina Villa

Karina tested phylogenetic predictions of parapatric speciation in the bat genus Anoura. After graduation, she went to graduate school at WSU.