Students

Caroline Abbott

Office: Field Museum Paleo / Hinds 223:
Broadly, my interests are paleobiology and macroevolution, focusing on Permo-Triassic amniotes. I study the synapsid Lystrosaurus across the End Permian Mass Extinction and use interdisciplinary methods to investigate extinction survival and recovery.
Advisor(s):
Kenneth Angielczyk

Nadya Ali

Office: Lincoln Park Zoo:
I study long-term viability and extinction risk in endangered species. My research is focused on how environmental factors interact with inbreeding depression to contribute to a decline in fertility in the endangered black-footed ferret.
Advisor(s):
Rachel Santymire

Louise Bodt

Office: Culver 402:
I am focused on utilizing population genetics of invasive bird species as a model for understanding adaptive change & using this data to understand how climate change may impact the evolution of native species.

Maximiliana Bogan

Office: Culver 402:
I’m currently interested in studying molecular adaptation to environmental stressors (especially those associated with anthropogenic climate change), with a focus on protein evolution and neofunctionalization.

Abigail Caron

Office: Culver 301:
I am studying the evolution of Paleozoic ray-finned fishes. Particular topics of interest include braincase characteristics, jaw articulation systems, and patterns of macroevolutionary radiation.
Advisor(s):
Michael Coates

Sophia Carryl

Office: Lincoln Park Zoo:
I am interested in monogamous mating systems, and the outcome of brain, behavior, and physiology due to infertility in birds. I also explore sexual selection and blood parasitism with regard to avian behavior.
Advisor(s):
Rachel Santymire

Laura Cespedes Arias

Office: Culver 402:
I am interested in behavioral and genomic approaches to study speciation at shallow time scales. I am fascinated by bird communication signals (e.g., plumage colors, songs, displays) and how these evolve during different stages of speciation.

Jacob Drucker

Office: Field Museum Birds:
I am an ornithologist interested in how the decisions of individual animals scale up to evolutionary processes. My research spans across many aspects of avian natural history, from interspecific competition, to signal evolution and movement ecology.
Advisor(s):
John Bates

Peter Flynn

Office: Field Museum Insects:
I investigate the role of disease dynamics, microbiota, biogeography and symbiosis on ant diversification using a combination of ecological field experiments with genomic and evolutionary analyses.
Advisor(s):
Corrie Moreau

Ryan Fuller

Office: Field Museum Botany / Morton Arboretum:
Using genomic and morphological tools, I seek to uncover existing differentiation and explore why those differences might exist/persist in natural populations.