Students

Caroline Abbott

Office: Culver 402:
macroevolutionary trends in P/T vertebrates. Interested in therapsid basal polytomy, synapsid growth strategies (maybe across clades or within a lineage)

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

Benjamin Blanchard

Office: Field Museum Insects:
I am intrigued by patterns of morphological evolutionary adaptations and their influence on ecological interactions and species divergence patterns in the diverse ant genus, Polyrhachis.
Advisor(s):
Corrie Moreau

Robert Burroughs

Office: Anatomy 306:
Macroevolution, quantitative morphology, biogeography, evo-devo, and the fossil record of rodents and turtles.

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

Jacob Cooper

Office: Field Museum Birds:
I study broad scale evolutionary and ecological processes of Central African birds, using case studies to facilitate effective conservation.
Advisor(s):
John Bates

Jacob Drucker

Office: Culver 402:
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.

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.