People

IMG_4202Andrea Gloria-Soria
(Active member and co-founder)

I am an evolutionary biologist studying mosquito populations from around the world, with a special focus in viral disease transmission (dengue, chikungunya, zika, etc.). Dengue is a disease transmitted to humans through the bite of mosquitos and can cause severe fevers and muscle pain, sometimes leading to hemorrhages and the possible death of the patient. Approximately two-thirds of the World population are at risk, with 50- 100 million cases occurring each year. With the aid of molecular evolution and population genetics, I am looking for genetic markers that are indicative of how infective a mosquito can be. These markers could be linked to genes controlling the mosquito physiological response against the virus, or may regulated specific behavioral responses that reduce or promote disease transmission, such as the mosquito feeding behavior. We hope that by looking at these markers in the field, we can determine whether control measures are required to prevent the onset of a dengue epidemic, or whether the risk of infection is minimal. Check my website If you want to learn more about my work!

 

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Joshua Miller
(Active member)

I was born and raised in San Francisco California where some of my earliest memories are of trips to the local zoo and aquarium. These trips sparked a life-long love of biology. In college I was introduced to the concepts of evolution as well as lab methods for DNA sequencing. After graduating I worked at the Smithsonian in Washington DC where I studied ostriches, and then took on a PhD where I investigated if there was a gene that makes bighorn sheep have big horns. I’m now doing post-doctoral research with Galapagos tortoises, using genomic methods to try and help bring back two species from the brink of extinction.

 

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Daniel Field
(Active member)

I am a paleontologist and zoologist, interested in how major groups of living vertebrate animals came to be. I primarily focus on birds, but I also have research interests in the evolutionary history of other groups like turtles, horned dinosaurs, whales, and snakes. I also spend much of my time observing and photographing wild animals around the world.

 

 

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Dan MacGuigan
(Active member)

I am a PhD student studying the evolutionary biology of fishes. Using genetic and morphological data, I try to answer questions about the origins of aquatic biodiversity. I spend my summers traveling around the Southeastern United States to catch darters, a group of approximately 250 freshwater fish species. By studying this incredibly diverse fish fauna, we can better understand basic evolutionary processes such as how new species arise and how environmental gradients affect gene flow between species. My work also has conservation impacts as we discover new species that were undetected prior to the development of DNA sequencing.

Larry L Bowman
(Active member)

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I am a molecular ecologist interested in how the diversity of organisms on earth (biodiversity) is maintained.  I focus my research on the interaction between fish and their zooplankton prey, and I use a combination of genetic tools and lab experiments to understand what makes a population stable and what makes it collapse.  My research has ramifications for how populations will fair in response to global change and will improve our ability to reintroduce extirpated species and manage aquatic systems more effectively.

PAST MEMBERS

Ashley Bear
(Past member and co-founder)

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Tim Webster
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Bethany Wasik
(Past member)

I am a former member of the Evolution Outreach Group that participated during my time as a postdoc in the Yale EEB department. It was a wonderful experience, and I greatly enjoyed introducing basic concepts of evolutionary biology through interactive games and demonstrations to K-12 students. My academic career is diverse and has provided wonderful experiences in biological research and academic publishing at several major universities. My research focuses on the genetic mechanisms central to the evolution and development of morphological traits in insects, in addition to the evolution of life history trade-offs in microbes. I am currently pursuing an editorial career in order to communicate and promote academic scholarship at Cornell University Press. Find more information at my website.

Andrea Hodgins-Davis (Past member)

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I am an evolutionary biologist using one of our best microbial friends, baker’s yeast, to study how genes are wired to work together. I am especially interested in what happens when yeast encounters many different environments in evolution. You can find out more about my research and current science outreach efforts in Michigan at the Detroit Zoo and elsewhere at my website sciencehd.org. Happy sciencing!

 

Teresa Feo (past member)

TeresaI am an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist. My research focuses on the evolution and development of morphological diversity. I am interested understanding how feathers grow into so many different shapes and how birds used different shaped feathers to fly, produce sounds, and communicate with each other. To answer these questions I make use of a combination of theoretical mathematical models of feather growth, research collections housed at natural history museums, and fieldwork on the courtship displays of hummingbirds.