Lovette Lab Alumni

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Former Cornell grads and postdocs officially advised by Irby

Postdoctoral Associates

Dr. Scott A. Taylor, 2012-2016. Presently Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado Boulder. website: http://www.colorado.edu/lab/taylor/people

Dr. Matthew Carling, 2008-2011. Presently Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming. website: http://carlinglab.com/

Dr. Roi Dor 2008-2011. Presently Assistant Professor, University of Tel Aviv. website: http://roidorlab.weebly.com/

Dr. Andrea Townsend, 2009-2010.  Presently Assistant Professor, Hamilton College. website: http://academics.hamilton.edu/townsend

Dr. Aurelie Coulon 2006-2008. Presently Assistant Professor, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France. website: http://aureliecoulon.net/

Dr. Rachel Vallender 2006-2009. Presently Wildlife Biologist, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada.

Ph.D. Students

Yula Kapetanakos, PhD 2014. Presently AAAS Fellow, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Scientific Authority.

Dr. Valentina Ferretti, PhD 2010. Co-advised by David Winkler. Mendel Postdoctoral Fellow, Villanova University 2010-2013. Presently Associate Scientist, Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales-CONICET.

Dr. Daniel L. Rabosky, PhD 2009. Co-advised by Amy McCune. Miller Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Berkeley, 2009-2012. Presently Assistant Professor, University of Michigan. website: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~drabosky/Home.html

Dr. Andrea K. Townsend, PhD 2009. NSF Bioinformatics Postdoc, 2009-2012. Assistant Professor, University of California Davis, 2012-2014. Presently Assistant Professor, Hamilton College. website: http://academics.hamilton.edu/townsend

Dr. Mari Kimura, PhD 2008.  Co advised by Andre Dhondt. AAAS/NSF Science policy postdoc, 2009-2011.


Former Cornell grads and postdocs officially advised by other faculty who were also active members of our lab group

Dan Baldassarre, PhD student, graduated 2014, Cornell advisor: Mike Webster. Currently: NSF Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Miami. Dan’s website.

Sunayana Banerjee, PhD rotatation, Cornell advisor: Adkins-Regan

Karl Berg, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Jack Bradbury.

Carlos Botero, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Vehrencamp

Susannah Buhrman-Deever, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Bradbury

Lauren Cator, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Harrington

David Cerasale, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Winkler

Danielle Cholewiak, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Chris Clark

Becky Cramer, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Vehrencamp

Jon DeCoste, MS student, Cornell advisor: Dhondt

Heidi Eager, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Searle,

Jessie Ellis, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Bradbury

Andrew Farnsworth, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Fitzpatrick

Elise Ferree, Postdoc, Cornell advisor: Dickinson

Anna Forsman, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Winkler

Billie Gould, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Geber

Michelle Hall, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Bradbury

Dana Hawley, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Dhondt

Guernot Huber, MS student, Cornell advisor: Winkler

Sara Kaiser, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Webster

Paulo Llambias, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Winkler

Dustin Rubenstein, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Emlen/Sherman

Joanna Rutkowska, Postdoc, Cornell advisor: Adkins-Regan

Rebecca Safran, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Winkler

Justin Schuetz, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Winkler

Nathan Senner, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Fitzpatrick

Sarah States, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Dhondt

Caitlin Stern, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Dickinson

John Sullivan, Scientist, Cornell advisor: CUMV

Ben Taft, PhD student, Cornell advisor: Winkler

Katie Wagner, PhD student, Cornell advisor: McCune


Former undergraduate interns and honors scholars from our lab

Benjamin Van Doren, 2015-2016

Completed a senior thesis on genome-wide patterns of differentiation in stonechats (genus Saxicola). Presently a DPhil Student at The Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford.

Caleb Arellano, 2011-2013

Lab internships leading to honors thesis on sex ratios in Ospreys. Cornell Biology Research Fellows program. Presently working as a field intern and applying to MS programs in conservation biology.

Hope Batcheller, 2011-2015

Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar. Directed reading course on ant-following birds, Spring 2012. Captain of the Redheads student birding team 2011 and 2012. Independent research on how ant-following birds track ant swarms in the rainforest of Amazonian Ecuador. Highest Honors for thesis.

Jacob Barnett, 2005-2007

Honors thesis on gene flow among bird populations in Costa Rica forest fragments. Three first-authored publications (Conservation Genetics, Molecular Ecology Notes (2)). Now an 8th grade Science teacher at Parker Middle School in Reading, Massachusetts.

Shawn Billerman, 2007-2010 and ongoing

Honors thesis and first-authored publication on the genetics of a transcontinental colonization by barn swallows. Hughes Scholars summer program. Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Now in PhD program at the University of Wyoming, and co-author (with Winkler and Lovette) of forthcoming Guide to the Bird Families of the World to be published by Lynx Editions.

Ravinder Brar, 2004-2006

Lab internship in which she successfully developed and screened microsatellite markers for studies of Banded Wren paternity, in conjunction with Sandy Vehrencamp’s studies of that species in Costa Rica. One associated co-authored publication. Ravi continued on to obtain an MS in Public Health from Dartmouth College Medical School.

James Briggs, 2005-2006

Lab internship on mitochondrial diversity in genetically bottlenecked House Finches, with PhD student Dana Hawley. One associated co-authored publication. Hughes Scholars summer program.

Gerald Carter, 2001-2005

Lab internship and honors thesis on identifying prey species from DNA in vampire bat feces. Two associated first-authored publications. Research trips to Florida and Trinidad. Hughes Scholars summer program. Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar. Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Continued on to obtain an MS and is now in the PhD program at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Piper Corp, 2002-2003

Lab internship on general molecular techniques, and semester-long directed reading course on using phylogenetic information to prioritize conservation decisions.

Suzie Curtis, 2005-2007   

Lab internship on Florida Scrub-jay conservation genetics. Hughes Scholar summer program. Continued on to obtain an MS at Georgetown and an MD from New York Medical College.

Amy Dabrowski, 2002-2004

Lab internship on hybridization genetics of Blue- and Golden-winged Warblers, leading to first-authored publication. Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar. Continued on to an MS in Information Science from San Jose State University. Now an educator in San Francisco.

Luke DeFisher, 2012-2013

Lab internship on sex ratios of gulls chicks; primarily mentored by David Bonter. One resulting publication.

Amber Garcia, 2009-2010           

Lab internship on avian genetics. Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar. Continued on to MS program in Environmental Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Amaryllis Gonzalez, 2005-2006

Lab internship on the conservation genetics of Caribbean landbirds, working with graduate student Andrea Townsend.

Sara Gonzalez, 2012-2013

Freshman-year lab internship on parentage in Tree Swallows. Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar.

Kathryn Grabenstein, 2011-2014

Honors thesis on sex ratio allocation in Black-throated Blue Warblers with Mike Webster, also field and labwork on mating systems of Australian Fairy-wrens. Honors thesis.

Daniel Hanley, 2003-2004

Lab internship on microsatellite diversity in genetically bottlenecked House Finches, with PhD student Dana Hawley. One associated co-authored publication. Continued on in Ornithology for an MS from Bucknell and PhD from the University of Windsor, Ontario.

Rebecca Harris, 2008-2010

Lab internship leading to honors thesis on gene tree/species tree conflict in phylogenetics. Several resulting publications, including one first-authored in Evolution. Awarded several fellowships including NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her current PhD at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Mike Harvey, 2004-2007

Lab internship on chickadee sex ratios leading to first-authored publication as a Cornell freshman. Co-leader of Cornell-sponsored major expedition to Amazonian Peru and associated discovery of a new barbet species. Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar, Explorers’ Club grant, and National Geographic Society Young Explorers grant. NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for current PhD at Louisiana State University.

Pete Hosner, 2004-2005

Field research intern on bird survey and collecting expedition to lowland Panama, leading to first-authored publication on flycatcher nesting biology. Now in PhD program in avian systematics at the University of Kansas.

Andrew Johnson, 2011-2014

Independent honors thesis, using geolocators to track Whimbrels throughout their annual migratory cycle, and on their nesting habitat requirements near Churchill, Manitoba. Numerous grants in support of this project.

Katie LaBarbera, 2007-2010

Lab internship leading to honors thesis on mating behavior of house wrens, including separate projects with graduate students Paulo Llambias and Becky Cramer. Several resulting first-authored publications. Hughes Scholars summer program. NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for current PhD studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Bethan Lemley, 2006-2007

Lab internship on molecular identification of avian blood meals in mosquitoes, leading to honors thesis. Hughes Scholars summer program. Continued on to MD program at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Jess Marion, 2007-2009

Lab internship on molecular identification of mammalian and avian blood meals in mosquitoes, leading to honors thesis. Hughes Scholars summer program. Now an environmental educator in Maine.

Brynn McCleery, 2004-2006

Lab internship on phylogenetics of starlings and mockingbirds, leading to honors thesis and several co-authored publications. Post-graduation internship on starling behavior ecology in Kenya. Continued on to Cornell Veterinary School and is now in a DVM residency in wildlife medicine.

Michelle Moglia, 2012-2014

Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar. Honors thesis on sex ratios of gulls chicks; primarily mentored by David Bonter. Several resulting publications. Now an investment banker on Toronto.

Colby Neuman, 2001-2005

Lab internship leading to honors thesis on Barn Swallow mating systems and sexual selection, with graduate student Rebecca Safran. Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar One first-authored publication, and co-authorship on paper in Science. Continued on to MS in Meteorology at the University of Utah and now works for NOAA.

Sophie Orzechowski, 2011-2012

Lab internship on molecular tracking identity of female Tree Swallows across laying intervals, with David Winkler.

Chelsea Powell, 2008

Lab internship on Florida Scrub-jay genetics.

Ben Rubin, 2007-2009

Lab internship on the genetics of colony structure in Kenyan acacia ants, leading to honors thesis and several publications. Hughes Scholars summer program.   NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for current PhD studies on ant genomics at the University of Chicago.

Laura Schoenle, 2005-2006

Lab internship on the genetic characterization of American Crow mating systems, with PhD student Andrea Townsend, leading to an honors thesis and publication. Continued on in animal behavior to obtain an MS from the University of Arizona, and is now in the PhD program at Virginia Tech.

Klaske Schukken, 2011-2012

Lab internship on various avian genetics projects, including Florida Scrub-jays.

Carolyn Sedgwick, 2009-2010    

Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar. Lab internship and training on molecular sexing of birds.

Glenn Seeholzer, 2006-2009       

Lab internship. Co-leader of Cornell-sponsored major expedition to Amazonian Peru and associated discovery of a new barbet species. Explorers’ Club grant and National Geographic Society Young Explorers grant. NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for current PhD at Louisiana State University.

Lindsay Serene, 2009-2010

Lab internship leading to honors thesis and publication on mtDNA introgression across an oriole hybrid zone, as assayed from 800+ historical skin specimens. Hughes Scholars summer program.

Kara Seto, 2011-2014        

Lab internship on the systematics of freshwater African fish, with John Sullivan and the Cornell Museum of Vertebrates.

Camille Shaw, 2011-2014

Honors thesis on the the diversity and expression of genes important for neural development in birds.

Nick Sly, 2007-2009

Lab internship leading to honors thesis on phylogeography and evolution of birds on Hispaniola. Two resulting first-authored publications. Hughes Scholars summer program. NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for current PhD at the University of Illinois.

Nicole Spooner, 2005-2006

Lab internship on assaying parentage in Florida Scrub-jays.

Megan Szymanski, 2001-2004

Lab internship leading to honors thesis and first-authored publication on the diversity and host range of avian malaria in New York birds. Hughes Scholars summer program. Continued on to obtain PhD on the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease from Johns Hopkins, now in MD program at Tulane University.

Steven Wilkinson, 2007

Summer field sampling internship on obtaining mosquitoes for molecular identification of blood meals.

Ben Winger, 2003-2007

Honors thesis and first-authored publication in Proceedings B on evolutionary transitions in migratory behavior in wood-warblers. Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar. Cornell College Scholar. Co-leader of Cornell-sponsored major expedition to Amazonian Peru and associated discovery of a new barbet species. Explorers’ Club grant and National Geographic Society Young Explorers grant. NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for current PhD at the University of Chicago.

Johnathan Wood, 2004-2006

Lab internship on the genetics of the mating system of Humpback Whales, with Sal Cercio. Continued on to DVM program.


Former visiting scholars from other institutions who joined our lab group during their time at Cornell

Andrea Astie, visiting postdoc. Home institution: CONICET Argentina. Cornell sponsor: Lovette

Olivier Boissier, visiting undergrad. Home institution: Ecole N. Sup., Paris Cornell sponsor: Lovette

Roger Bull, visiting MS student. Home institution: Queens U., Canada Cornell sponsor: Lovette

Lina Caro, visiting undergrad intern from Colombia Cornell sponsor: Vehrencamp

Sal Cerchio, visiting Staff Scientist. Home institution: Wildlife Con. Soc. Cornell sponsor: Clarke

Flavia Chaves, visiting PhD student. Home institution: U. Rio de Jan., Brazil Cornell sponsor: Webster

Sergio Cordoba, visiting post-grad intern from Colombia Cornell sponsor: Lovette

Viviana Deslandes, visiting PhD student. Home institution: U.Paraná, Brazil Cornell sponsor: Webster

Raphael Dias, visiting PhD student. Home institution: U. Rio de Jan., Brazil Cornell sponsor: Webster

Andrea Egan, visiting MS student. Home institution: Villanova Cornell sponsor: Reeve/NBB

Maria Escheverry, post-grad intern from Colombia Cornell sponsor: Lovette

Rachel Fraser, visiting PhD student. Home institution: Queens U., Canada Cornell sponsor: Lovette

Jamie Guerra, visiting undergrad intern. Home institution: New Mexico State U. Cornell sponsor: Lovette

Kim Hall, visiting high school intern. Home institution: Trumansburg High Cornell sponsor: Lovette

David Hof, visiting PhD student. Home institution: U. Massachusetts Cornell sponsor: Webster

Erica Judd, visiting MS student. Home institution: U. Central Oklahoma Cornell sponsor: Lovette

Stefan Karkuff, visiting undergrad intern. Home institution: Ithaca College Cornell sponsor: Stenzler

Bettina Mahler, visiting postdoc. Home institution: U. Buenos Aires, Arg. Cornell sponsor: Lovette

Helen Markland, visiting MS student. Home institution: U. of York, UK Cornell sponsor: Lovette

Susan McRae, visiting faculty. Home institution: NC State U. Cornell sponsor: Emlen

Jessica Petersen, visiting PhD student. Home institution: U. Iowa Cornell sponsor: Lovette

Christie Riehl, visiting PhD student. Home institution: Princeton Cornell sponsor: Lovette

Jason Townsend, visiting PhD student. Home institution: SUNY ESF Cornell sponsor: Rohrbaugh

Yoni Vortmann, visiting PhD student. Home institution: Tel Aviv U., Israel Cornell sponsor: Lovette

Stephanie Wright, visiting PhD student. Home institution: Ohio State U. Cornell sponsor: Lovette

Former staff in the Lovette Lab/Fuller Evolutionary Biology Program

Laura Stenzler, Lab Manager, 2003-2014

Amanda Talaba, Lab Technician, 2005-2014

Doug Morin, Lab Technician, 2008-2010

Suzanne Kates, Administrative Assistant, 2006-2009

Chris Makarewich, Lab Technician, 2006-2008

Isabella Fiorentino, Lab Technician, 2003-2005

 

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