CEB Committe on Evolutionary Biology

Students

Hussein Al-Asadi

Research:

population genetics

Email: halasadi@uchicago.edu

Office: Cummings Life Science Center, Room 414

Advisor: John Novembre and Matthew Stephens

Website: http://halasadi.wordpress.com/

Rey E. Ayon

Research:

 I have broad interests in predator-prey ecology and antagonistic coevolution. I am fascinated by the ability of predators to be important agents of selection, and how predation can result in a remarkable suite of adaptations in prey. Specifically, I am interested in uncovering the patterns, causes, and consequences of the evolution of antipredator behavior, with a focus on small mammal communities.

Email: rey.ayon@gmail.com

Office: Culver 402

Benjamin Blanchard

Research:

I am intrigued by morphological adaptations and their influence on ecological interactions and species divergence patterns. The widespread and diverse ant genus Polyrhachis is ideal for investigating these topics, with species boasting a broad range of morphological types, including some with remarkably developed spines. I will use this charismatic group to address patterns of morphological evolution, including the impacts of specialization on speciation and the ecological functions of spinescence.

Email: bblanchard@uchicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

Website: http://benjaminblanchard.net

Robert Burroughs

Research:

My primary interests are in the mechanistic processes that produce macroevolutionary phenomena. I am particularly interested in questions that require one to integrate data collected from neontological and paleontological specimens. I do this by quantitatively studying morphology and investigating the genetic controls of development, genomic evolution, and population genetics. I work with vertebrates as my primary systems utilizing rodents as my primary study group. In addition I maintain an active research program studying the evolution, biogeography, functional morphology, and phylogeny of turtles. 

Email: RBurroughs@UChicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

Sophia Carryl

Research:

I am particularly interested in monogamous mating systems, and the outcome of brain, behavior, and physiology due to infertility in birds. I also have a developing interest in sexual selection, as well as brood parasitism in respect to avian behavior and brain.

Email: scarryl@uchicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

Shane DuBay

Research:

How environmental pressures shape biodiversity and species distributions; avian systematics; comparative phylogeography

Email: dubaysg@uchicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

Advisor: John Bates

Website: http://home.uchicago.edu/~dubaysg/

Victoria Flores

Research:

animal behavior; behavioral ecology; Immune function 

Email: vflores@uchicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

Advisor: Jill Mateo and Bruce Patterson

Giselle Garcia

Research:

Genetics, speciation, development, macroevolution, and natural selection.

Email: giselleg@uchicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

Website: http://www.gisellegarcia.org/

David Grossnickle

Research:

Origins and macroevolution of Mesozoic mammals; vertebrate paleontology; paleoecology; morphospace occupation through time; functional morphology of mammalian molars and jaws.

Email: grossnickle@uchicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

Advisor: Zhe-Xi Luo and Kenneth Angielczyk

Amy Henry

Research:

I study how shifts between alternative ecological states are mediated by ecosystem engineers and their interactions. My research looks at how disease, disturbance, and biotic factors drive spatial dynamics in seagrass and sand dollar beds on beaches in the Pacific northwest, and how those dynamics change through varying scales of space and time.

Email: amykhenry@uchicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

Advisor: Tim Wootton

Website: http://home.uchicago.edu/~amykhenry/Welcome.html

Daniel Hooper

Research:

I study the evolution of chromosomal rearrangements and their role in local adaptation and speciation - primarily within avian systems. My work uses a combination of comparative genomics in a phylogenetic context and sister species hybridization studies.

Email: dhooper1@uchicago.edu

Office: Zoology 305

Advisor: Trevor Price

Website: http://www.danielmarchooper.com

Dallas Krentzel

Research:

I am interested in the evolution of morphology with an emphasis on the relationships between biological contingency and functional evolution in a deep-time, phylogenetic context. In particular, I am interested in the role of modularity in genetic and developmental systems on body plan evolution across multicellular organisms. My thesis is focused on the developmental and functional evolution of the complex masticatory apparatus in rodents, one of the most derived and variable feeding systems among mammals.

Email: dkrentzel@uchicago.edu

Office: Hinds 289

Advisor: Kenneth Angielczyk

Nicole Bitler Kuehnle

Research:

macroevolution, geographic range dynamics, plasticity, conservation, environmental policy

Email: nbitler@uchicago.edu

Office: Department of Geophysical Sciences

Advisor: David Jablonski

Joel Mercado-Díaz

Research:

My interests revolve around the study of the evolutionary processes that explain the diversity of spore dispersed organisms in tropical insular environments. I am particularly interested in evaluating these ideas by studying lichens, a significantly diverse group of symbiotic organisms that have been traditionally presumed to have cosmopolitan distributions, but that under certain biological and environmental settings (such as those found in islands!), might exhibit other biogeographic patterns, such as restricted (endemic) distributions.

Email: jamercadodiaz@uchicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/jamercadodiaz/home

Daniela Palmer

Research:

Ecology and evolutionary genetics of wing pattern mimicry in swallowtail butterflies

Email: dhpalmer@uchicago.edu

Office: Zoology 202

Advisor: Marcus Kronforst

John Park

Research:

intersection between life history evolution and community ecology; temporal diversity; seasons; species-to-species interactions in changing climates

Email: johnspark@uchicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

Website: http://www.johnparkbiology.com

Natalia Piland

Research:

urban ecology and evolution, biodiversity, nature conservation, neotropical birds

Email: npiland@uchicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

Katherine Silliman

Research:

I study adaptive population divergence in marine invertebrates in the context of global environmental change using a combination of high-throughput genomics and experimental biology.

Email: ksilliman@uchicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

Heather Skeen

Research:

My primary research interests are in the evolution and biogeography of parasites of birds.

Email: hskeen@uchicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

Peter Smits

Research:

evolutionary paleoecology, determinants of extinction risk, mammal evolution, quantitative methods in evolution and paleobiology, semiotics in paleobiology

Email: psmits@uchicago.edu

Advisor: Kenneth Angielczyk and Michael Foote

Website: http://home.uchicago.edu/~psmits/home.html

Timothy Sosa

Research:

I study phylogeny, historical biogeography, and morphological evolution of Neotropical freshwater fishes.

Email: tims@uchicago.edu

Advisor: Shannon Hackett

Laura Southcott

Research:

genetics of mate preference and speciation

Email: southcott@uchicago.edu

Office: Zoology 202

Advisor: Marcus Kronforst

Courtney Stepien

Research:

My research explores the roles of evolutionary history and functional diversity in community responses to disturbance along an environmental gradient. I am studying how these factors contribute to the maintenance of a high-diversity algal assemblage in the northeast Pacific intertidal ecosystem through a combination of field manipulations and phylogenetic and functional analyses.

Email: cstepien@uchicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

Advisor: Catherine Pfister

Website: http://www.courtneystepien.com

Supriya

Research:

Species diversity patterns, Competition, Avian biology, Social behavior. 

Email: ksupriya@uchicago.edu

Advisor: Trevor Price

Max Winston

Research:

I am interested in using next-generation sequencing to test models of Amazonian speciation, and integrating this molecular data into morphometric analyses of intraspecific variation and interspecific disparification.

Email: mewinsto@uchicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

Advisor: Corrie Moreau

Website: http://home.uchicago.edu/~mewinsto/

Lu Yao

Research:

I study the evolution of cranial morphology in relation to island dwarfing of Southeast Asian mammals.

Email: luyaozers@uchicago.edu

Office: Field Museum Anthropology

Advisor: Robert D. Martin and Corrie Moreau

Website: http://LuYaoBiology.com