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Graduate Students

Achurym2 Achury Morales, Rafael

achurym2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Ant ecology and invasive species (advisor: Andy Suarez)
Eallma2 Allmann Updyke, Erin

eallma2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Vector borne diseases; disease ecology (advisor: Brian Allan)
Nlndrsn2 Anderson, Nicholas

nlndrsn2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Insect community responses to conservation and restoration and native bee ecology (advisor: Alexandra Harmon-Threatt)
Nicholasantonson Antonson, Nicholas

nda4@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Animal Biology

Behavioral ecology, avian brood parasitism, coevolution, and the effect of parental care on brood parasites (advisor: Mark Hauber)
Baena2 Baena, Nathalie

baena2@illinois.edu
216 NRSA

Graduate Student
Entomology

Systematics of Tridactyloidea (advisor: Sam Heads)
Banan d %28002%29 Banan, Darshi

banan2@illinois.edu
1500 IGB
217-333-1632

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Andrew Leakey)
Behrens colby Behrens, Colby

colbybb2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Animal Biology

Examining genetic mechanisms influencing behavior in three-spined stickleback fish (Advisor: Alison Bell)
Bensky2 Bensky, Miles

bensky2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
PEEC

Populations and individual level differences in cognitive performance using threespined stickleback as a model. How individual levels of behavior relate to differences in learning and elucidating the ecological and evolutionary factors driving these differences (advisor: Alison Bell)
Burroughs c Burroughs, Charles

cburrou2@illinois.edu
147 ERML
217-244-6110

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Elizabeth Ainsworth)
Dsbush2 Bush, Daniel

dsbush2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Navel orangeworm's relationship with Aspergillus mold (advisor: May Berenbaum)
Capel samantha Capel, Samantha

scapel2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Animal Biology

(Advisor: Ken Paige)
Chen yaping Chen, Yaping

ychen410@illinois.edu
165 Morrill Hall
217-819-2135

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Feng Sheng Hu)
Nicole Choquette, Nicole

choqutt2@illinois.edu
286 Morrill Hall

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Elizabeth Ainsworth and Lane Rayburn)
C.scottclem Clem, C. Scott

carlc2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Interested in tracing native pollinator communities through time using museum specimens and historical data. During master's work at Auburn University, conducted research dealing with community ecology, plant-insect interactions, and insect taxonomy (advisor: Alex Harmon-Threatt)
Mariacox Cox, Maria

mlcox3@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
PEEC

Paleogenomic analysis of immune change and function, as well as molecular identification of pathogens; particularly, how genes associated with immune function change through time, especially in populations undergoing long term stress (advisor: Ripan Malhi)
Amanda curtis Curtis, Amanda

amandac3@illinois.edu
W-421 Turner Hall

Graduate Student
PEEC

(advisor: Eric Larson)
Qihongdai Dai, Qihong

qihongd2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
PEEC

Fish ecology and biology; modeling (advisor: Cory Suski)
Cdana2 Dana, Catherine

cdana2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Cicada conservation and natural history (advisor: Sam Heads)
Darcy hannah Darcy, Hannah

hdarcy2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Animal Biology

(advisor: Phil Anderson)
Deflami2 de Flamingh, Alida

deflami2@illinois.edu
436 Animal Sciences Lab

Graduate Student
PEEC

I use an integrative approach that combines spatial and genetic data through landscape genetics to study African elephant populations throughout southern Africa. My main research focus is conservation genetics, and in studies that employ ancient DNA analysis (advisor: Alfred Roca)
Robertdemoya De Moya, Robert

rdemoya2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology, INHS

Examining the coevolution patterns between parasitic bird lice and their hosts (advisor: Kevin Johnson)
Cedean2 Dean, Charles

cedean2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Resolving the developmental physiology and genetics underlying bumble bee color patterns (advisor: Sydney Cameron)
Delucia nicholas DeLucia, Nicholas

ndeluc2@illinois.edu
193 ERML
217-244-3079

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Carl Bernacchi)
Mdemkov3 Demkovich, Mark

mdemkov3@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Navel Orangeworm Detoxification Systems (advisor: May Berenbaum)
Jacobdixon Dixon, Jacob

jidixon2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Ecological biochemistry of plant and insect interactions (advisor: May Berenbaum)
Alicedoucetbeauprethumb Doucet Beaupré, Alice

doucetb2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
PEEC

Computational phylogenetics and the development of novel stochastic phylodynamics models and tools for the study of microbial innovations, diversification, cladogenesis, and ecology (advisor: James O'Dwyer)
Kdrager2 Drager, Kim

kdrager2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Animal Biology

Nest architecture of soil dwelling ants (both ancient and modern) and how nest structure varies between ant species and geological environments (advisor: Andrew Suarez)
Josephedwards Edwards, Joseph

jedwa9@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
PEEC

Perturbations of a forest nitrogen economy and its associated microbial community by invasive Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) (advisors: Anthony Yannarell and Wendy Yang)
Sadaegenriether Egenriether, Sada

egenrie2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
PEEC

Microbial nitrogen transformations in agricultural soils (advisors: Angela Kent and Wendy Yang)
Alonso favela Favela, Alonso

favela3@illinois.edu
S-310 Turner Hall

Graduate student
PEEC

Microbial community composition and ecosystem function selected by plant host in the rhizosphere. (advisor: Angela Kent)
Ford  alexandra   peec photo Ford, Alexandra

aliford2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
PEEC

Studying development of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and the fear response of tame and aggressive fox kits through the Fox Domestication Project in Russia (advisor: Anna Kukekova)
Jcgibso2 Gibson, Joshua

jcgibso2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Evolution of trap-jaw mechanism in ants (advisors: Gene Robinson and Andy Suarez)
Sgiers2 Giers, Sarah

sgiers2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Evolution and olfaction in Rhagoletis pomonella (advisors: Stewart Berlocher and Hugh Robertson)
Photo Grispo, Michael

mgrispo@gmail.com

Graduate Student
Animal Biology

Fitness of organisms from aquatic to terrestrial (fish lenses) (advisor: Chris Cheng)
Shals3 Halsey, Samniqueka (Sam)

shals3@illinois.edu
W-411 Turner Hall

Graduate Student
PEEC

Research focuses on understanding the ecology of Lyme disease in regards to the black-legged tick and wildlife hosts and how they relate to spread of both the tick and pathogen (advisor: James R. Miller)
Dhaselh2 Haselhorst, Derek

dhaselh2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
PEEC

Ecological role of pollen productivity in tropical forest communities as it relates to long-term variability in climate, community structure, and reproductive output (advisor: Surangi Punyasena)
Heerah s Heerah, Sachin

heerah2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Amy Marshall-Colon)
Edwardhsieh Hsieh, Edward

emhsieh2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

The properties of phytochemicals in honeybee honey and general honeybee behavior (advisor: May Berenbaum)
Sarahhuss Huss, Sarah

sehuss2@illinois.edu
286 Morrill Hall

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Liqing Chen)
Sarah Hutchinson, Sarah

smhutch2@illinois.edu

Grad Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Stephen Long)
Tdjohns2 Johnson, Todd

tdjohns2@illinois.edu
217-333-7783

Graduate Student
Entomology

Host-location and host-range in forest insects; surveying the parsitoid communities that attack common species of cerambycids in Illinois (advisor: Lawrence Hanks)
Bmjones2 Jones, Beryl

bmjones2@illinois.edu
2500 Institute for Genomic Biology
928-595-1866

Graduate Student
PEEC

Social insect behavior and the mechanisms underlying social evolution, specifically the mechanisms by which division of labor has evolved in bees (advisor: Gene Robinson)
Jones cody Jones, Cody

cpjones2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Animal Biology

(advisor: Ken Paige)
Jmjones9 Jones, Jennifer

jmjones9@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
PEEC

Nutrient concentrations and other environmental characteristics influence wood decay rate and communities of wood decomposing fungi and bacteria (advisors: Katy Heath and James Dalling)
Josek1 Josek, Tanya

josek1@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Bioinspiration and ticks (advisor: Marianne Alleyne)
Elijahjuma Juma, Elijah

juma2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Understanding the ecology and behaviour of malaria and arboviral mosquitoes (advisor: Juma Muturi)
Kannan.kavya Kannan, Kavya

kkannan2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Amy Marshall-Colon)
Krichel2 Krichels, Alexander

krichel2@illinois.edu
217-244-2614

Graduate Student
PEEC

Affects of seasonal ponding on greenhouse gas emissions from upland soils (advisor: Wendy Yang)
Shelbylawson Lawson, Shelby

slawson3@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Animal Biology

Behavioral ecology, breeding strategies, mate choice, vocal communication/perception in birds (advisor: Mark Hauber)
Liraviana Lira Viana, Jessica

liravia2@illinois.edu
286 Morrill Hall

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: James Dalling)
Long  kira   peec photo cropped Long, Kira

kira2@illinois.edu
217 Turner Hall

Graduate Student
PEEC

Investigating the supposedly stable hybrid zone of two manakin species in Panama; examining the effects of sexual and natural selection on hybrids and parental species (advisor: Jeff Brawn)
Kelsey low Low, Kelsey

kmlow2@illinois.edu
79 Natural Resources Building

Graduate student
PEEC

Emergence of Ranavirus in endangered populations of amphibians and reptile (advisors: Chris Phillips and Matthew Allender)
Alexluro Luro, Alec

alecl2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Animal Biology

Behavioral & cognitive ecology, evolution, avian brood parasitism and species recognition in birds (advisor: Mark Hauber)
Dustin Mayfield-Jones, Dustin

dustinm2@illinois.edu
286 Morrill Hall

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Andrew Leakey)
Laurenmcdaniel McDaniel, Lauren

lkm4@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Animal Biology

Behavior, sexual selection, and speciation in killifish (advisor Becky Fuller)
Shayakilmclean McLean, Shay Akil

samclea2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
PEEC

Evolutionary anthropological genetics (advisor: Charles Roseman)
Jmmesa2 Mesa, Joshua (Miles)

jmmesa2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Animal Biology

Plant-animal interactions with an emphasis on the plant compensatory response following herbivory (advisor: Ken Paige)
Willmontag Montag, William

montag2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Conservation of soil and litter dwelling insects, especially beetles (advisor: May Berenbaum)
Chris montes Montes, Christopher M

cmontes3@illinois.edu
147 ERML

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

Examining Soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.] and Maize (Zea mays L.) physiological responses to elevated ozone concentrations and genetically mapping ozone response (advisor: Elizabeth Ainsworth))
Rmoran9 Moran, Rachel

rmoran9@illinois.edu
202 Shelford Vivarium

Graduate Student
PEEC

Reinforcement, sexual selection and speciation in darters (advisor: Becky Fuller)
Bomorri2 Morris, Brendan

bomorri2@illinois.edu
217-244-9578

Graduate Student
Entomology

Historical biogeography and systematics of Carribean treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae) (advisor: Christopher Dietrich)
Bdmorri2 Morrison, Bailey

bdmorri2@illinois.edu
238 Computing Applications Building

Graduate Student
PEEC

Environmental remote sensing, paleoecology, plant climate interactions, biogeography (advisor: Jonathan Greenberg)
Napier c Napier, Joseph

jnapier2@illinois.edu
217-244-9871

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Feng Sheng Hu)
Evannewman Newman, Evan

evanan2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Distribution patterns of Plecoptera (Stoneflies) of the midwest (advisor: Ed DeWalt)
Nguyen j Nguyen, Julie

jknguyn2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Ray Ming)
Nishika2 Nishikawa, Elise

nishika2@illinois.edu
S-217 Turner Hall

Graduate Student
PEEC

Understanding how and why neotropical resident birds respond to environmental variation and climate change (advisor: Jeffrey Brawn)
Tnjorog2 Njoroge, Teresia

tnjorog2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Role of insects P450s in insecticides resistance (advisors: May Berenbaum and Mary Schuler)
Aowings2 Owings, Amanda

aowings2@illinois.edu
73 Medical Sciences Building
217-244-2253

Graduate Student
PEEC

Migration routes of Native American people using population genetics (advisor: Ripan Malhi)
Aparker9 Parker, Allison

aparker9@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Effects of competition in the larval environment on the capacity of adult mosquitoes to vector diseases (advisors: Brian Allan and Juma Muturi)
Paul rachel Paul, Rachel

paul9@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Andrew Leakey)
Rpaul Paul, Robert

rpaul@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

Modeling terrestrial biogeochemistry of different land uses in the Midwest; quantifying ecosystem services of multi-use landscapes; resolving environmental impacts of second-generation bioenergy agriculture (advisor: Evan DeLucia)
Danielpearlsteinheadshot Pearlstein, Daniel

djp@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Chemical ecology of eusocial insects, especially honeybees (advisor: May Berenbaum)
Elena Pelech, Elena

pelech@illinois.edu
286 Morrill Hall

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Carl Bernacchi)
Sierraperez Perez, Sierra

sierrap2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
PEEC

Plant-soil feedbacks in montane neotropical forests (advisor: James Dalling)
Tperri2 Perrin-Stowe, Tolulope

tperri2@illinois.edu
436 Animal Sciences Lab

Graduate Student
PEEC

African Elephant mitogenomes and phylogeography (advisor: Al Roca)
Ceci Prada Cordero, Cecilia

cprada@illinois.edu
149 Morrill Hall
(217) 244-8914

Grad Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: James Dalling)
Gabe price picture Price, Gabriel

gjprice2@illinois.edu
W-316 Turner Hall

Graduate Student
PEEC

Implications of plant-soil feedback on community composition and how species invasion can shape these interactions (advisor: Anthony Yannarell)
Jennifer Quebedeaux, Jennifer

quebede2@illinois.edu
1500 IGB
(217) 333-1632

Grad Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Andrew Leakey)
Raudabaugh d Raudabaugh, Daniel

raudaba2@illinois.edu
570-651-0312

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Andrew Miller)
Rayamajh niraj Rayamajhi, Niraj

nirajr2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Animal Biology

Population genomics of natural populations and computational biology (advisor: Julian Catchen)
Kristenreiter Reiter, Kristen

reiter5@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Functions of micro- and nanoscale structures of insects and the application of these functions (advisor: M. Alleyne)
Kevinricks Ricks, Kevin

ricks3@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
PEEC

Microbial community and evolutionary ecology, evolution of symbiosis (advisor: Anthony Yannarell)
Lorena Rios Acosta, Lorena

lrios@illinois.edu

Grad Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Andrew Leakey)
Michael rivera Rivera, Michael

mdriver3@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
PEEC

Ecological and evolutionary drivers of morphological variation in social insect workers (advisor: Andy Suarez)
Angelrivera colonthumb Rivera-Colón, Angel

angelgr2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Animal Biology

Genomics, genome evolution (advisor: Julian Catchen)
Ingrid Romero Valero, Ingrid

romerov2@illinois.edu
139 Morrill Hall
(217) 333-1186

Grad Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Surangi Punyasena)
Ruzi2 Ruzi, Selina

ruzi2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
PEEC

Invasion ecology and plant-insect interactions. Determining if non-myrmecochorous plants engage in ant-mediated seed dispersal and what chemical cues promote this seed-ant dispersal interaction (advisor: Andy Suarez)
Hannahscharf Scharf, Hannah

hscharf2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Animal Biology

Behavioral ecology, social and mating systems, avian brood parasitism (advisor: Mark Hauber)
Cameronschwing Schwing, Cameron

cschwin2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Animal Biology

Effects of manipulating larval mosquito habitat on development and fitness (advisor: Carla Cáceres)
Bradleyscott Scott, Bradley

brscott2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Animal Biology

Early evolution of vertebrates, specifically the changes in feeding and locomotion associated with the transition from jawless to jawed vertebrates. I seek to understand these changes using paleontology, functional morphology, and biomechanics (advisor: Phil Anderson)
Georgiaseyfried Seyfried, Georgia

gss3@illinois.edu
286 Morrill Hall

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Wendy Yang)
Shrivastava s Shrivastava, Stuti

shrvstv3@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Amy Marshall-Colon)
Rachelskinner Skinner, Rachel

rskinn2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Taxonomy, phylogenetics, and biogeography of treehoppers in Membracidae (advisor: Chris Dietrich)
Solorzano lowell Solorzano-Lowell, Kathryn

slrznlw2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
PEEC

(advisor: Anthony Yannarell)
Ericsouththumb South, Eric

ejsouth@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Stonefly taxonomy and systematics (advisor: Ed DeWalt)
Tarastew Stewart, Tara

tarastew@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
PEEC

Ecological immunology of Daphnia dentifera (advisor: Carla Cáceres)
Katherinestrailey Strailey, Katherine

ks26@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
PEEC

Ecology, physiology, and conservation of freshwater fishes (advisors: Cory Suski and Piotr Cienciala)
Lrstric2 Strickland, Lynette

lrstric2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Animal Biology

Genetic and developmental mechanisms of color variation in Cassidine beetles, it's ecological significance and how color polymorphisms are maintained in populations (advisor: Carla Caceres)
Saraistuart Stuart, Sarai

saraihs2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
PEEC

Evolution of social life and mechanisms that underpin behaviors in the colony environment (advisor: Gene Robinson)
Nicholas sutton Sutton, Nicholas

nmsutto2@illinois.edu

Graduate student
PEEC

Modeling decision-making processes during predator-prey encounters, with a focus on optimal escape strategies in ungulates (advisor: James O'Dwyer)
Drswans2 Swanson, Daniel

drswans2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Systematics of assassin bugs (advisors: Steven J. Taylor and Sam W. Heads)
Jonathantetliethumb Tetlie, Jonathan

jtetlie2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

The lingering impact of agricultural practices on habitat restoration efforts of prairies and their effect on native bee communities (advisor: Alexandra Harmon-Threatt)
M.jaredthomas Thomas, M. Jared

thomasmj@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Paleoentomology with emphasis on Tetrigidae (pygmy grasshoppers) (advisor: Sam Heads)
Jacobtorres Torres, Jacob

jacobdt3@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Entomology

Native bee ecology, urban ecology, bee/pollinator health, and insect microbiomes (advisor: Adam Dolezal)
Stephanyvirruetaherrera Virrueta Herrera, Stephany

svirru2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
PEEC

Ornithology and phylogentics, specifically the evolutionary patterns between birds and their parasitic feather lice (advisor: Kevin Johnson).
Jessica Wedow, Jessica

wedow2@illinois.edu
147 ERML
(217) 265-9887

Grad Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Elizabeth Ainsworth)
Ewelsh2 Welsh, Erin

ewelsh2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
PEEC

Potential impact of climate change on tick and tick-borne disease ecology in Panama (advisor: Brian Allan)
Dpwhite4 White, Dalon

dpwhite4@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
PEEC

The intersection and application of physiology and ecology to climate change within aquatic ecosystems (advisor: David Wahl)
No photo Wilson, Loralee

ljwilso2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Animal Biology

(advisor: Chris Cheng)
Wolz1 Wolz, Kevin

wolz1@illinois.edu
1500 IGB

Graduate Student
PEEC

Biogeochemical consequences of an agricultural transition from row-crops to agroforestry (advisor: Evan DeLucia)
Wszalek andrew Wszalek, Andrew

wszalek1@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Animal Biology

(advisor: Ken Paige)
Yinghui Xin, Yinghui

xin7@illinois.edu
286 Morrill Hall

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Ray Ming)
Eyoon8 Yoon, Veronica

eyoon8@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Animal Biology

Evolutionary biology and physiology of the most derived species of Antarctic fishes (Notothenioidei: Channichthyidae) through the analysis of genetic data (advisor: Chris Cheng)
Liang Yu, Li'Ang

liangy2@illinois.edu
286 Morrill Hall

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Ray Ming)
Dessiree Zerpa Catanho, Dessiree

dpz2@illinois.edu
286 Morrill Hall

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Ray Ming)
Zhu fan Zhu, Fan

fanzhu2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student
Plant Biology

(advisor: Ray Ming)