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Amy Alstad Effects of landscape structure and management history on long-term changes in Wisconsin prairie remnants. Damschen
Peggy Boone I am a behavioral ecologist primarily interested in the social organization and mating systems of group-living mammals. My dissertation will explore ecological correlates of diet and social structure in the greater bamboo lemur (Prolemur simus) of southeastern Madagascar. Strier
Lauren Brooks Population Genetics of Wild Mice. Payseur
Hilary Bultman Investigating the roles of both intraspecific genetic variation and the environment in structuring populations and communities in plant-insect systems. Lindroth
Stefanie Buxel-Florenzen My research focuses on little brown and big brown bats hibernating in active mines. I am focusing on different conditions within the mines and their effect on hibernating behaviors. I am also looking at how these conditions could influence WNS infection. Porter
Andrew Cassini Examining conservation, population and genetic parameters of the critically endangered montserrat oriole (Icterus oberi). Berres
Melissa Cordes Androgen and opioid involvement in the neural regulation of context-appropriate communication and behavior in the European starling. Riters
Kara Cromwell
My research examines temperate stream ecology, focusing on the interactions of organisms with their natural enemies. My thesis research addresses the causes of nematode parasitism in mayflies, and the consequences of parasitism for food web interactions, such as vulnerability to predation
Angela Dassow My research focuses on understanding animal vocalizations by exploring their acoustic structure using an automated computational approach to segmenting and classifying primitive acoustic units. Meaning in utterances is explored by searching for repetitive patterns of these acoustic units. Coen
Zachary A. DeQuattro The overarching goal of my work is to better understand the effects of anthropogenic compounds on aquatic ecosystems. More specifically, I am interested in how chronic sub-lethal exposures to endocrine active compounds affect aquatic vertebrates. My work at UW-Madison has been focused on understanding the impacts of exogenous steroid hormone exposure and exposure to 2, 4-D aquatic herbicides on the reproduction, development, and survival of the fathead minnow. Karasov
Brian Eisinger
Differential modulation of septal GABA-A receptor subunits in the facilitatio of maternal aggression.
Huan Fan
Alignment and assembly-free phylogenomics using next-generation sequencing data.
Meghan Fitzgerald The behavioral mechanisms for and species interactions in intra- and inter-specific aggregations of Neotropical Spiders. Ives
Megan Fitzpatrick Exploring Relationships between Energetics and Breeding Failure in Endangered Whooping Cranes (Grus americana) through Mechanistic Modeling. Porter
Amy Flansburg
I'm looking at triploid advantage in aspen, and I'm interested in examining how triploid and diploid aspen respond differently to climate variables and insect herbivory.
Cat Frock

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I have a strong interest in questions at the intersection of landscape ecology and behavioral ecology, especially their implications for the conservation of species. For my graduate research, I am investigating the effects of fire on foraging behavior of granivores (i.e., seed predators) and the potential resulting implications for spatial patterns of post-fire forest succession in the Rocky Mountains.
Greg Gelembiuk

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Metagenomics of the Copepod Microbiome Associated with Saline to Freshwater Invasions. Lee
Rose Graves Effects of land-use and climate change on the provision of ecosystem services in a forest-dominated region in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. My research uses empirical and simulation models to explore how changing land use and climate may lead to tradeoffs among cultural, provisioning, and regulating ecosystem services. Turner
Peter Guiden
Trophic cascades, focusing on the influence of predators on seed dispersal and foraging behavior in white-tailed deer.
Phil Hahn

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My research focuses on plant-herbivore interactions in human modified systems. Currently, I am examining how historic and contemporary human activities interact to affect the impact that herbivores have on plant diversity.
Winslow Hansen My Ph.D. research will focuses on understanding how wildfire and a changing climate interact to shape tree species assemblages and forest ecosystem resilience in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Turner
Brian Harvey
My research examines how forest ecosystems respond to changing disturbance regimes and interactions among multiple disturbances. Specifically, I focus on two climate-driven disturbances (native bark beetles and wildfire) that are important natural processes in forests of the Northern Hemisphere.
Jon Henn For my PhD I will be looking at how climate change and fire frequency interact and affect prairie and oak savannah plant communities in Southern Wisconsin. I am interested in using functional traits to understand past and possible future plant community changes. Damschen
Cristina Herren Population dynamics and consumer-resource interactions at Lake Myvatn, Iceland. Ives
Heidi Horn Dynamics and specificity of host-microbe symbiosis in fungus-growing ants; exploring the evolution and diversity of secondary metabolite production in host-associated microbes. Currie

Kimberly Kelly

I am using a population genetic approach to evaluate the genetic relationship between two Australian birds: the endangered Black-eared Miner (Manorina melanotis) and the more common Yellow-throated Miner (M. flavigula). The two taxa hybridize and produce fertile offspring, so my project will aim to resolve questions concerning taxonomic classifications, assess their hybrid zone, and gain more insight on the genetic components of their populations to ultimately help plan conservation efforts. Berres
Lily Khadempour Microbial mediation of herbivory in leaf-cutter ant fungus gardens. Currie
Jennifer Knickelbine Effects of Neuropeptide-like Proteins (NLPs) on Locomotion in the Nematode Ascaris suum. Stretton
Aaron Koning Aquatic food webs and various aspects of nutrient cycling using stable isotopes within the Mekong River Basin of Southeast Asia. McIntyre
Christopher Konop Determine the peptide profiles of individual motor neurons of the ventral cord of Ascaris suum. Stretton
Greg Leach -- Gammie
Paul Mathewson I use mechanistic modeling to help predict the impact of global warming on mammals in North America. This modeling uses looks at how animal morphology and physiology interacts with microclimate conditions to determine behavioral constraints and requirements (e.g., food/water requirements or activity hours). We can map across the landscape to help predict distributions, and then investigate how climate change may affect the animal from a physiological perspective. Porter
Devin Merullo

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The neurobiology of vocal communication in songbirds, focusing on how motivation and the neural reward system influence singing behavior in European starlings.

Jesse Miller

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Effects of soil, landscape spatial structure, and fire history on plant communities in rocky Ozark grasslands.
Danny Minahan
The foraging behavior of diverse bee pollinators from an evolutionary and ecological perspective.
Joe Phillips
Population and community ecology at Lake Myvatn, Iceland.
Marijan Posavi

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Testing for marginal overdominance in salinity tolerance in E. affinis.

Joshua Pultorak

Mate fidelity, mate attraction, and intersexual dynamics in muroid rodents through the lens of ultrasonic vocal communication: biosocial factors influencing vocal profiles and incentive salience of vocalizations in disparate rodent models, Rattus norvegicus and the monogamous and biparental Peromyscus californicus.
Jiangxiao Qiu

Effects of spatial heterogeneity, changing climate and invasive species on landscape sustainability and ecosystem service interactions in a Midwestern urbanizing agricultural landscape

Katie Rott -- Karasov
Ebru Selen -- Porter
Quinn Sorenson -- Damschen
Jeremy Spool The vocal behavior between different social contexts in songbirds, by way of studying the neural mechanisms governing its expression. Riters
Kaitlin Stack Whitney
Insect ecology / how landscapes, pesticides, and climate affect soybean agroecosystem community composition and function.
John Stuhler I am interested in small mammals and the ecology of seed predation. Specifically, my research examines the effects of land-use legacies and other human disturbances on patterns of seed predation in the longleaf pine ecosystem. Orrock
Amy Uhrin

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Influence of hydrodynamic setting on the spatial configuration of seagrass landscapes of coastal North Carolina .
Jacob Usinowicz Coexistence in tropical forests mediated by asynchrohous variation with a variation in annual seed production Ives
Jacob Walsh
Determining the impact of the spiny water flea (Bythotrephes longimanus) invasion into Lake Mendota and the Yahara Chain lakes.
Vander Zanden
Kyle Webert
Subsidized Island Biogeography
Elena West Impact of Resource Subsidies on the foraging ecology of Steller's Jays in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California Karasov
Jeremiah Yahn Ecology, energetics and nesting behavior of rare and endangered turtles in the Amazon Basin. Porter
Carly Ziter Interested in the role of landscape structure in ecosystem service provision, and how management can effect synergies and tradeoffs between multiple ecosystem services in temperate landscapes. Turner

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