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:

Macroevolution, quantitative morphology, biogeography, evo-devo, and the fossil record of rodents and turtles.

Email: RBurroughs@UChicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

Advisor: Ken Angielczyk and Zhe-Xi Luo

Website: www.RobertWBurroughs.com

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

Jacob Cooper

Research:

My research is focused primarily on the ecology and biogeography of Central African birds, with projects ranging from general faunistic surveys to theoretical applications of niche theory to phylogenetic analyses of species relationships. I generally study broad scale evolutionary and ecological processes through case studies that clarify our knowledge of species' ecology and relationships to facilitate effective conservation. In 2013, I co-founded the Biodiversity Initiative to help promote research, education, and conservation in Central Africa.

Email: jccooper@uchicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

Website: http://www.jacobccooper.com

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

Peter Flynn

Research:

I am interested in ant trait evolution and diversification using various phylogenetic and comparative techniques. I will be investigating the role of disease dynamics, microbiota, biogeography and symbiosis on ant diversification using a combination of ecological field experiments with genomic and evolutionary analyses.

Email: pflynn@uchicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

Ryan Fuller

Research:

My research concerns the evolutionary factors that result in plant diversity. The challenge of linking evolutionary mechanisms together (i.e., geographic,morphological, and/or pollinator driven) is of high interest to me. The initiation of my interest in this subject stemmed from plant distributions (Gunnison's Mariposa Lily, Calochortus gunnisonii) of the intermountain west in North America. Using genomic and morphological tools, I am interested in uncovering existing differentiation and exploring hypotheses related to why those differences might exist/persist in natural populations.

Email: rsfuller@uchicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

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:

My research is focused on the proximate and ultimate causes of morphological evolution, from body plan development to the biomechanics of novel structures. I investigate how the novel jaw muscles that have repeatedly evolved in rodents facilitate their diversification into the most diet types out of any clade of mammals. Using iodine-contrast CT scanning to explore the un-described soft tissue diversity of jaw adductors in rodents, as well as the lever mechanics of the feeding system across hundreds of species from museum collections, I, for the first time, have revealed the functional roles of these new muscle units and their relationship to diversification and dietary innovation.

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

Chloe Nash

Research:

I am interested in examining the systematics, phylogenetics, and biogeography of marine fishes. In particular, I plan to integrate a variety of comparative methods to answer questions regarding phylogeny, rates of diversification/extinction, and distribution patterns among major coral reef associated fish clades.

Email: cmnash@uchicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

Benjamin Otoo

Research:

I'm particularly interested in the ecological aspects of faunal turnover in the fossil record, especially in light of major events such as mass extinctions, but also during more normal intervals. When we see faunas change in composition, how much do ecological roles and relationships change, and how does this relate to diversity and the evolutionary stories of different groups? More recently I've also developed an interest in using biomechanics and functional anatomy to try and understand the morphological and ecological evolution of tetrapodomorphs, particularly the basal predatory fish forms.

Email: botoo@uchicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

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

Website: https://lsouthcott.wordpress.com/

Supriya

Research:

Species diversity patterns, Competition between birds and ants, Phylogenetic comparisons, Avian biology, Social behavior

Email: ksupriya@uchicago.edu

Advisor: Trevor Price

Website: http://ksupriya.weebly.com/

Brooke Weigel

Research:

Through my research, I aim to link community ecology, microbial ecology and biogeochemical processes in order to gain a better understanding of the interactions between microbes and macroscopic organisms.

Email: brookeweigel@uchicago.edu

Office: Culver 402

Website: http://brookeweigel.weebly.com

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/