Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology

Graduate Students

The University of California, Riverside is recognized as one of the most diverse student bodies among public universities ranked both as a Carnegie "high research activity" and U. S. News & World Report Tier One institution.
The EEOB graduate program at UCR is committed to an academic culture that reflects the global community around us.

2016-2017 EEOB GSA Officers

President: Katie Johnson
Vice-President: Jamie Dolan
Campus GSA Representative: Emily Naylor
Campus GSA Representative: Lauren Conroy
Website/Newsletter: Sean Wilcox
Outreach Coordinator: Krista LePiane

EEOB Current Graduate Students

Current Students by last name  A-C     D-G     H-L     M-R     S-Z

Jacob Andrew

Andrew, Jacob

Email:       jacob.andrew(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:    Wendy Saltzman

Interests:  Behavioral neuroendocrinology, physiological and behavioral effects fatherhood has on hormones, metabolics, energetics, and immune response in California mice

Holly Andrews

Andrews, Holly

Email:       holly.andrews(at)email.ucr.edu 
Advisor:    Darrel Jenerette

Interests:  Global change, plant invasions, biogeochemical cycling, ecological remote sensing, and ecosystem type conversion

eleinis avila

Avila Lovera, Eleinis

Email:       eleinis.avila(at)email.ucr.edu 
Advisor:    Louis Santiago

Interests:  Ecophysiology of photosynthetic stems of plants from arid and semiarid ecosystems

Ayala Berger

Berger, Ayala

Email:       ayala.berger(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:   Chris Clark

Interests: Ecoacoustics, bioacoustics, animal behavior and animal communication the effects of anthropogenic change on acoustics and animal communication

 Tierney Bougie

Bougie, Tierney

Email:       tierney.bougie(at)email.ucr.edu
Track:       Joint Doctoral Program in Evolutionary Biology (UCR/SDSU)
Advisors:   (UCR) Alan Brelsford / Marshal Hedin (SDSU)

Interests:  Phylogenetics and evolution of arachnids, introgressive hybridization of jumping spiders

Marcell Cadney

Cadney, Marcell

Email:       marcell.cadney(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:    Ted Garland

Interests:  Mammalian brain evolution, allometry, negative-frequency dependent selection, and entomology

 Alberto Castro

Castro, Alberto

Email:       alberto.castro(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:   Ted Garland


Clint Collins

Collins, Clint

Email:       clint.collins(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:    Tim Higham

Interests:  Herpetology, ecomorphology, habitat-biomechanics relationships, and comparative methods

Lauren Conroy

Conroy, Lauren

Email:        lauren.conroy(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:     Derek Roff

Interests:  Evolution of mating preferences, sexual selection, and behavioral ecology in Gryllus field crickets


Conway, Ryan

Email:        ryan.conway(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:     Kurt Anderson

Interests:  Freshwater ecology, invasive species, and invertebrates

sandra correa

Correa Arroyave, Sandra

Email:       sandra.correaarroyave(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:    Cheryl Hayashi

Interests: Spider silk synthesis, spit and venom from Scytodes spiders

steven crum

Crum, Steven

Email:        steven.crum(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:    Darrel Jenerette

Interests:  Effects of land-use and climate on pertinent environmental issues of greenhouse gas emissions and the urban heat island

 Yuwei Cui

Cui, Yuwei

Email:       yuwei.cui(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:   Len Nunney

Interests: Conservation genetics, population genetics, evolution

Serj Danielian

Danielian, Serj

Email:       serj.danielian(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:   Helen Regan

Interests: Effects of different patterns of dispersal on metapopulation dynamics

Mark DeGuzman

De Guzman, Mark

Email:       mark.deguzman(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:    Louis Santiago

Interests: Comparative plant physiological ecology, evolution, plant hydraulics, plant functional traits and gradients

Shahan derkarabetian

Derkarabetian, Shahan

Email:       shahan.derkarabetian(at)email.ucr.edu 
Track:       Joint Doctoral Program in Evolutionary Biology (UCR/SDSU)
Advisors:  Cheryl Hayashi (UCR) / Marshall Hedin (SDSU)

Interests: Systematics and evolution of Opiliones, cave adaptation, and arachnids

Cynthia Dick

Dick, Cynthia

Email:       cynthia.dick(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisors:    David Reznick and Cheryl Hayashi

Interests:  Genetics of adaptation


jamie dolan

Dolan, Jamie

Email:       jamie.dolan(at)email.ucr.edu 
Advisor:    Kim Hammond

Interests:  Physiological ecology, physiological trade-offs associated with extremes and/or changing conditions (such as hot/cold temperatures and hypoxic environments)

 Kristin Edwards

Edwards, Kristin

Email:       kristin.edwards(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:    David Reznick

Interests:  Bony fish evolution and diversification, particularly as seen through the lens of functional ecology and morphology

Sarah Freitas

Freitas, Sara

Email:       sara.freitas(at)email.ucr.edu 
Advisor:    Helen Regan


 Grace Freymiller

Freymiller, Grace

Email:       grace.freymiller(at)email.ucr.edu
Track:       Joint Doctoral Program in Evolutionary Biology (UCR/SDSU)
Advisors:  Tim Higham (UCR) /  (SDSU)

Interests:  Predator-prey coevolution, prey performance during predatory events, kangaroo rat evasions in response to rattlesnake strikes

Joshua Goldberg

Goldberg, Joshua

Email:       joshua.goldberg(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:    David Reznick


 Matthew Green

Green, Matthew

Email:       mgree013(at)ucr.edu
Advisor:   Kurt Anderson

Interests:  Species diversity through the lens of community ecology, using ideas from niche theory as well as community assembly to explore species interactions and community dynamics

sean harrington

Harrington, Sean

Email:        sean.harrington(at)email.ucr.edu 
Track:        Joint Doctoral Program in Evolutionary Biology (UCR/SDSU)
Advisors:   Tim Higham and Ted Garland (UCR) /  Tod Reeder (SDSU)

Interests:  Systematics and diversification of snakes, herpetology, and ecomorphology


Sean Hayes

Hayes, Sean

Email:       sean.hayes(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:    Kurt Anderson 

Interests:  Spatial community dynamics, complexity-diversity-stability relationships, and conservation applications

Layla Hiramatsu

Hiramatsu, Layla

Email:        layla.hiramatsu(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:     Ted Garland

Interests:  Exercise physiology and experimental evolution, genetic modeling of behavior

Kevin Jagnandan

Jagnandan, Kevin

Email:       kevin.jagnandan(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:    Tim Higham

Interests:  Functional morphology, muscle physiology, and biomechanics of feeding and locomotion in vertebrates

Katie Johnson

Johnson, Katie

Email:        katherine.johnson(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:     Chris Clark

Interests:  Animal behavior, song learning in Costa's Hummingbird, and female choice

Jarren Kay

Kay, Jarren

Email:       jarren.kay(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:    Ted Garland

Interests:  Gait characteristics of mice bred for high voluntary wheel running

Ralph Albuquerque

Lacerda De Albuquerque, Ralph

Email:       ralph.albuquerque(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:    Ted Garland

Interests:  Lizard ecomorphology and adaptations to environmental conditions

Agnese Lanzetti

Lanzetti, Agnese

Email:       agnese.lanzetti(at)email.ucr.edu
Track:       Joint Doctoral Program in Evolutionary Biology (UCR/SDSU)
Advisors:  John Gatesy (UCR) / Annalisa Berta (SDSU)

Interests:  Whale anatomy, evolution and systematics


LePiane, Krista

Email:       krista.lepiane(at)email.ucr.edu 
Advisor:    Chris Clark

Interests: Ecology, evolution, and biomechanics of silent flight in owls 

 Samantha Levell

Levell, Samantha

Email:       samantha.levell(at)email.ucr.edu 
Advisor:   David Reznick

Interests: Life history evolution of reproductive methods, specifically matrotrophy (placental) and lecitrophy (yolk)

Monica Louis

Louis, Monica

Email:       monica.louis(at)email.ucr.edu 
Advisor:   Ted Garland

Interests: Evolutionary physiology, animal behavior, and early life effects on physiology

Paul Maier

Maier, Paul

Email:        maierpa(at)gmail.com
Track:        Joint Doctoral Program in Evolutionary Biology (UCR/SDSU)
Advisors:   Leonard Nunney (UCR) / Andrew Bohonak (SDSU)

Interests:  Landscape genetics, evolutionary genomics, herpetology, sex chromosome evolution, phylogeography and adaptation of Anaxyrus

Steve Merkley

Merkley, Steve

Email:       steven.merkley(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:    Bill Walton

Interests:  Community ecology, food web subsidies, introduced species, freshwater ecology, aquatic insects

Keenan Morrison

Morrison, Keenan

Email:        keenan.morrison(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:     David Reznick

Interests:  Speciation, intergenomic conflict, placentation and Poecilliidae

Brian Myers

Myers, Brian

Email:          brian.myers(at)email.ucr.edu
Track:          Joint Doctoral Program in Evolutionary Biology (UCR/SDSU)
Advisors:    Chris Clark (UCR) / Kevin Burns (SDSU)

Interests:  Behavior, evolution, genetics

Emily Naylor

Naylor, Emily

Email:       emily.naylor(at)email.ucr.edu 
Advisor:    Tim Higham

Interests:  Functional morphology, ecomorphology, biomechanics, and locomotion

aaron olcerst

Olcerst, Aaron

Email:        aaron.olcerst(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:     Dan Hare

Interests:  Transcriptomic changes associated with plants' induced responses to herbivores, plant volatiles, tritrophic interactions, plant-insect interactions, and chemical ecology

Derek O'Meara

O'Meara, Derek

Email:       derek.omeara(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:    Leonard Nunney

Interests:  Genomic defense

Matt O'Neill

O'Neill, Matt

Email:       matthew.oneill002(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:    Michael Allen

Interests:  Evolutionary ecology of invasive species-mutualist interactions, conservation biology, and biostatistics

Ketan Patel

Patel, Ketan

Email:       ketan.patel(at)email.ucr.edu
Track:       Joint Doctoral Program in Evolutionary Biology (UCR/SDSU)
Advisors:  Bill Walton (UCR) / Andrew Bohonak (SDSU)

Interests:  Population genetics

brooke pickett

Pickett, Brooke

Email:       brooke.pickett(at)email.ucr.edu 
Advisor:    Emma Aronson

Remediation of soil microbial conditions for improved restoration success of native shrubs in post-invasive grass soils

Robert Prather 

Prather, Robert

Email:        robert.prather(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:    David Reznick

Interests: Behavioral, aquatic, and evolutionary ecology, mating system evolution, life history evolution, conservation, sexual selection, dispersal, and frequency-dependent selection

kenji quides

Quides, Kenjiro

Email:       kenjiro.quides(at)email.ucr.edu 
Advisor:    Joel Sachs 

Interests:  Maintenance and mechanisms of microbial symbioses


 Jason Randall

Randall, Jason

Email:       jason.randall(at)email.ucr.edu 
Advisor:   Mark Springer

Interests:  Molecular evolution and systematics in determining phylogenetic relationships

Stephen Rice

Rice, Stephen

Email:       stephen.rice(at)email.ucr.edu
Track:       Joint Doctoral Program in Evolutionary Biology (UCR/SDSU)
Advisors:   Kurt Anderson (UCR) / Rulon Clark (SDSU)

Interests:  Landscape Genetics, Herpetology, Mammalogy

Casey Richart

Richart, Casey

Email:        casey.richart(at)email.ucr.edu
Track:        Joint Doctoral Program in Evolutionary Biology  (UCR/SDSU)
Advisors:   Cheryl Hayashi (UCR) / Marshal Hedin (SDSU)

Interests:  Molecular phylogenetics, morphometrics, systematics, species delimitation, alpha taxonomy, cybertaxonomy, biodiversity assessment, conservation, Opiliones, Diplopoda, terrestrial Gastropoda

nathan robinett

Robinett, Nathanael

Email:       nathanael.robinett(at)email.ucr.edu
Track:       Joint Doctoral Program in Evolutionary Biology (UCR/SDSU)
Advisors:  Richard Cardullo (UCR) / Forest Rowher (SDSU)

Interests:  Genes, behavior, and evolution

parsa saffarinia

Saffarinia, Parsa

Email:       parsa.saffarinia(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:    Kurt Anderson

Interests:  Influences of flow on food web structure in streams, aquatic community ecology

Jennifer Singleton

Singleton, Jennifer

Email:        jennifer.singleton(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:   Ted Garland

Interests:  Behavioral ecology of reptiles, social behavior in familial groups, sexual selection and sexual conflict, kin selection

Stiner, Eric

Email:       eric.stiner(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:    Leonard Nunney


Jessica Tingle

Tingle, Jessica

Email:      jessica.tingle(at)email.ucr.edu 
Advisor:   Tim Higham

Interests:  Ecomorphology, biomechanics, herpetology, sidewinding locomotion

Sean Wilcox

Wilcox, Sean

Email:       sean.wilcox(at)email.ucr.edu 
Advisor:    Chris Clark

Interests:  Behavioral ecology, animal communication, animal performance, courtship and sexual selection


Zhao, Meng (Gemma)

Email:       meng.zhao(at)email.ucr.edu 
Advisor:    Wendy Saltzman 

Interests:  Behavioral endocrinology, physiology, stress, parental behavior, and the California mouse

vicky zhuang

Zhuang, Vicky

Email:      mingna.zhuang(at)email.ucr.edu
Advisor:   Tim Higham

Interests: Evolution of gecko foot morphology, comparative and functional morphology and herpetology

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