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Current Post Doctoral Associate

Christopher Kozakiewicz
PhD, 2013. University of Minnessota
Project: Landscape genomics of Tasmanian devils and their facial tumor disease.

Current Graduate Students

Marc Beer

PHD Student

Call: (509) 335-7924

Email: marc.beer@wsu.edu

    Rachael Kane

    PHD Student

    Call: (509) 335-7924

    Email: rachael.kane@wsu.edu

      Matt Lawrance

      PHD Candidate

      Call: (509) 335-7924

      Email: matthew.lawrance@wsu.edu

      Austin Patton

      PHD Candidate

      Call: (509) 335-7924

      Email: Austin.patton@wsu.edu

      Former Postdoctoral Associates

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      • Mark Margres (2017-2018); Hrdy Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University (current)

      • Brendan Epstein (2013-2016); Postdoctoral Research Associate, Univ. Minnesota (current)

      • Jake Kerby (2006-2008); Associate Professor, University of South Dakota

      • Benjamin Ridenhour (2004-2006); Assistant Research Professor, University of Idaho

      • Steve Mech (2001-2002); Professor, Albright College, Reading, PA

      Former Graduate Students

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      • Lauren Ricci (MS 2018) Comparative landscape genetics of Tasmanian devils and their facial tumor disease.Current Position: PhD student at Utah State University

      • Steven Micheletti (PhD 2016); Title, “Multiple tests of species’ geographic range limits in an endemic salamander species” Current Position: Geneticist at 23andme

      • Lanie Smith (MS 2016); Title, “Telomeres as a marker for disease susceptibility in Tasmanian devils”Current Position: Medical technician

      • Daryl Trumbo (PhD 2015); Title, “Landscape genomics and geographic range limit evolution of the invasive cane toad (Rhinella marina) in Australia”Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher with Chris Funk at Colorado State U.

      • Sarah Emel (PhD; 2015); Title, “Integrating niche modeling and landscape genetics to study species’ responses to climate change”Current Position: Assistant Professor at IUP

      • Jonathan Eastman (PhD; 2010); Title “On the role of historical constraint in evolution: An emphasis in salamander evolution.” Current Position: Firefighter in Iowa Falls, IA

      • Karen Chojnacki (MS; 2009); Title: “Spatial variation in selection and multivariate estimates of local adaptation in a salamander-virus system.” Current Position: Teaching Assistant, WSU

      • Steve Spear (PhD; 2009); Title: “Effects of land use change and habitat differences on genetic variation and population genetic structure of tailed frogs.”Current Position: Research Director, The Wilds

      • Ashley McCally (MS; 2009); Ashley studied the effects of chytridiomycosis on amphibian community dynamics. Current Position: Owner of Lily and Gus Clothing

      • Melanie Murphy (PhD; 2008); Title: “New approaches in landscape genetics and niche modeling for understanding limits to anuran distributions” Current Position: Associate Professor, University of Wyoming

      • Jennifer Cotter (MS; 2008); Title: “Genomic responses of ambystomatid salamanders to infection with an emerging virus”Current Position: Laboratory Technician, Denver, CO.

      • Craig Steele (PhD; 2006); Title: “Phylogenetics, phylogeography and comparative population genetics of giant salamanders (genus: Dicamptodon)”Current Position: Geneticist for Idaho Game and Fish

      • Andrew Giordano (MS; 2005); Thesis title, “Effects of Altitude on Population Structure and Life History Variation in the Long-toed salamander.”Current Position:  Upper Division Math and Science Teacher, Sugarbowl Academy, Truckee, CA

      • Diane Forson (MS; 2005); Thesis title, “Agricultural Contaminants and Iridovirus: Cofactors in Amphibian Declines.”Current Position: Instructor – Biology Department, Everett Community College, Everett, WA

      • Steve Spear (Co-Advisor; MS, ISU; 2004); Thesis title, “"Landscape effects on genetic structure in tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum melanostictum) populations across the northern range of Yellowstone National Park

      Former Post Doctoral Associates
      Manager
      Jake Kerby: Jake worked in the lab from 2006-2008. He studied the impacts of pesticides on the susceptibility of Tiger Salamanders to virus. Jake is now an Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota. website Ben Ridenhour: Ben studied tiger salamander-ranavirus coevolution. Ben is now an Assistant Professor at University of Notre Dame. Stephen Mech: Steve was a postdoc in the lab from 11/01-12/02. He worked on population genetics and hybridization of amphibians. Steve is now an Associate Professor at Albright College in Reading, WA.
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