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Lab Members


Jack Sullivan, (jacks at - Professor of Zoology, Former Director of IBEST (now IIDS).


Current Graduate Students

David Sneddon, (sned7690 at - David did undergraduate research with Bryan Carstens, and began in August 2019.


Dan Turck, (dturck at - Dan is working on comparative phylogeoraphy of PNW mesic forest disjunct plants. He was a student with Dave Tank but decided to stay at Idaho and join my lab to finish his degree. He also serves as collections manager of the Stillinger Herbarium.



Former Postdoctoral Fellows

J.B. Luducq has just finished his postdoc and was co-advised by Chris Marx and James Foster. JB has just started a faculty position at Laval University in Quebec City.

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 was co-advised with Dave Tank, and is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Maryland.


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

Malia Santos, (maliasantos790 at - Malia did undergraduate research with Chris Smith, and began here in August 2017. She is working on the impact of domatia-mediated symbiosis on diversification rates in Psychotria (wild coffee). She's finishing her degree with Dave Tank at University of Wyoming.


Andrew Rankin, (rank3288 at - Andrew studied terrestrial gastropod diversity of Inland Northwest rainforests. He also collaborated on several conservation genetics projects involving PNW carnivores.


Megan Ruffley (mruffley at - Megan worked on comparative phylogegraphy of rainforest disjuncts in the Pacific Northwest and was co-advised by Dave Tank. While she was here, she also worked on incorporating traits into community phylogenetics, and you can find that work here. She is now a postdoctoral fellow at the Carnegie Center Global Ecology at Stanford.


Gen Metzger (genevieve.ann at - Gen worked on plasmid phylogeny and evolution and was co-advised by Dr. Eva Top. She is now a research project specialist at the Pacific Northwest Research Institute.


Brice Sarver (brice.sarver at - Brice did his PhD research on phylogenomic tests of speciation via diversification with gene flow in chipmunks. He did a postdoc with Jeff Good and now works Janssen R&D, the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.


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. He's worked at Facebook since graduating, where he's played an important role.


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 a Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Montana.


Marilyn Nielson (M.S., May 2001; Marilyn.Nielson at - Marilyn is on the faculty in Environmental Sciences at Spokane Community College.


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 when Kelly was at Cornell.