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Tenure-Track Faculty

Benoit, Joshua B

Assistant Professor

711D Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9714

joshua.benoit@uc.edu

Insect stress tolerance, hormonal regulation of metabolism, reproductive physiology, molecular physiology, transcriptomics, insect-microbe interactions and vector biology

Buchholz, Daniel R.

Associate Professor

711A Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9725

daniel.buchholz@uc.edu

Research Topics: Role of hormones in development and evolution, frog metamorphosis, comparative endocrinology

Buffam, Ishi D

Associate Professor

731H Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9745

ishi.buffam@uc.edu

Aquatic Ecosystem and Landscape Ecology; Hydrology and biogeochemical cycling in boreal and northern watersheds; Climate change and aquatic ecosystem carbon cycling; Urban aquatic ecosystems; Urban green spaces; Environmental Change and Biological Resilience (ECBR)

Buschbeck, Elke K.

Professor

800Q Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9747

elke.buschbeck@uc.edu

SBBE, Evolution and development of arthropod visual systems: Neuroethology, insect neurobiology, physiology, optics, behavior, molecular biology, evolution

Culley, Theresa M.

Professor,
Department Head,
Biological Sciences

703 Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9705

theresa.culley@uc.edu

Plant population biology and genetics, including ecogenomics; speciation in plants, including integrative taxonomy in the plant genus Camassia; evolution of breeding systems, especially cleistogamy in violets and dioecy in Hawaiian taxa; ecological and genetic effects of habitat fragmentation; ecophysiological ecology; evolution of invasiveness; airbourne pollution effects on plants.

DeBry, Ronald W.

Associate Professor
Graduate Director

711I Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9743

ronald.debry@uc.edu

ECBR, Molecular evolution; experimental evolution; forensic entomology; phylogeny; systematics; evolution of mammals; DNA sequence analysis; rodent systematics; dipteran systematics

Griff, Edwin R

Associate Professor

721A Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9739

edwin.griff@uc.edu

Neurobiology and electrophysiology of the vertebrate olfactory bulb; analysis of mitral cell responses; the role of centrifugal inputs to the bulb; olfactory transduction; anatomy and physiology educational research; electrophysiology of the vertebrate retina; interactions between photoreceptors and the retinal pigment epithelium

Grogan, Dennis W.

Professor

820H Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9748

dennis.grogan@uc.edu

ECBR, Genetics and molecular biology of hyperthermophiles; DNA damage and repair in Sulfolobus; mutation and genetic exchange in geothermal environments.

Gross, Joshua B

Associate Professor

711B Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9708

joshua.gross@uc.edu

ECBR, SBBE, Evolution and development of vertebrates; Evolutionary genetics of natural populations; Cave biology; Genetic basis for phenotypic changes; Mexican cave tetra, Astyanax mexicanus

Guerra, Patrick Anthony

Assistant Professor

820B Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9717

patrick.guerra@uc.edu

SBBE; sensory ecology; orientation and navigation mechanisms; animal architecture; animal movement patterns and life history traits; insect flight; cocoon construction; circadian biology; biomimetics

Jayne, Bruce C

Professor, Assistant Dept. Head

851T Rieveschl Hall

513-556-7012

bruce.jayne@uc.edu

ECBR, SBBE, Functional morphology; evolution of behavior, structure and function; neuromuscular basis of the locomotion of ectothermic vertebrates; herpetology; natural history and ecology of reptiles

Karp, Richard

Academic Director, Professor

851J-C Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9727

richard.karp@uc.edu

Immunology; evolution of the adaptive immune response, cellular and humoral immune responses in insects; allergic asthma induced by cockroach antigens

Kinkle, Brian

Professor
Undergraduate Director

603B Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9756

brian.kinkle@uc.edu

Microbial ecology: xenobiotic biodegradation, microbe-heavy metal interactions, rhizosphere microbiology, groundwater microbiology, bacterial population genetics

Layne, John E.

Assistant Professor

800O Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9718

john.layne@uc.edu

SBBE, Behavioral neurobiology and sensory ecology; vision in natural habitats; control systems in visual guidance; animal orientation and navigation

Lentz, David L

Professor
Executive Director,
UC Center for Field Studies

731 Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9733

david.lentz@uc.edu

ECBR, Historical ecology, field botany, plant domestication, population genetics and paleoethnobotany of North America, Central Asia and the Neotropics
Click here for information about the UC Center for Field Studies

Matter, Stephen F.

Associate Professor

731I Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9768

stephen.matter@uc.edu

ECBR, SBBE Ecology; Population Ecology; Metapopulation Dynamics; Dispersal Behavior; Community Patterns and Dynamics; Insect Plant Interactions; Modelling

Morehouse, Nathan

Assistant Professor

711H Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9757

nathan.morehouse@uc.edu

SBBE, visual and behavioral ecology of butterflies and jumping spiders, coevolutionary dynamics of reproductive traits (e.g., male and female reproductive proteins; male coloration and female color vision), nutritional ecology, life history evolution, sexual selection theory, art-science collaborations

Petren, Kenneth

Professor, Dean of A&S

155B McMicken Hall

513-556-5858

ken.petren@uc.edu

ECBR, Evolutionary ecology: Landscape genomics, migration, speciaiton, adaptation, invasive species, behavior, island systems, "ancient" DNA, vertebrates, Darwin's finches and lizards.

Polak, Michal

Professor

820A Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9736

michal.polak@uc.edu

SBBE, Behavior, Sexual Selection; Sperm Competition; Insect Host-Parasite Biology; Evolutionary Ecology

Rollmann, Stephanie M.

Associate Professor

800D Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9729

stephanie.rollmann@uc.edu

ECBR, SBBE, Behavioral genetics and genomics; Chemosensory behavior; Olfaction; Sensory ecology; Evolutionary biology

Rowe, Annette Ruth

Assistant Professor

731F Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9715

annette.rowe@uc.edu

Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Water Quality, Alternative Energy, Electromicrobiology, Electrosynthesis, Microbe-mineral Interactions, Anaerobic Microbiology, Microbial Ecology
 

Tepe, Eric J

Assistant Professor
Curator of the Herbarium

703B Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9784

eric.tepe@uc.edu

 

Plant systematics, including taxonomy, phylogenetics, biogeography, and diversification of “giant genera” – those with over 1000 species – including Piper (Piperaceae) and Solanum (Solanaceae).  Evolution of ant-plant associations.  Visit my webpage for more details.  Click here for the CINC herbarium webpage.

Uetz, George W

Professor

851f Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9752

george.uetz@uc.edu

ECBR, SBBE, Behavioral ecology, arachnology: multi-modal communication and sexual selection in wolf spiders; social behavior in colonial web-building spiders.

Vanderelst, Dieter

Assistant Professor, Psychology-Biology-Mechanical Engineering-Electrical Engineering (jointly appointed)

45150Q EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center

513-556-4058

dieter.vanderelst@uc.edu

SBBE, Sensory ecology, models of bat echolocation and flight control, robotic and computational models of animal behaviour and perception. Models of human cognition.

Educator Faculty

Conover, Denis G.

Educator-Professor

6415 French Hall

513-556-0716

denis.conover@uc.edu

Research interests include Plant Ecology, Ecological Restoration, and Invasive Species. Courses taught in 2016 included: Plant Physiology, Flowering Plant Classification, Introductory Biology 1 and 2, Plants and People, Wildflowers and Trees of Ohio, Field Botany, and a Capstone/Service Learning course dealing with invasive species.

Konishi, Takuya

Asst Professor - Educator Prov

851R Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9726

takuya.konishi@uc.edu

Vertebrate paleontology with research interests including evolution of fossil marine reptiles mosasaurs, marine trophic structures across North America during the Cretaceous inclusive of the Arctic Circle, and comparative analysis on morphofunctional traits among swimming tetrapods past and present. My research website here.

Maurer, Eric Franklin

Assistant Professor Educator

1409 Crosley Tower

513-556-9706

eric.maurer@uc.edu

Evolutionary & Aquatic Ecology: Patterns of distribution and diversity; Evolution of life history, morphology, behavior; Dynamics of temperate and arctic lakes and streams

Mosley, LaSharon

Asst Professor - Educator

613D Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9760

lasharon.mosley@uc.edu

Nodzak, Paul

Educator Assistant Professor

6418 French Hall

513-556-9754

paul.nodzak@uc.edu

I am a Family Physician who now teaches full-time as an assistant professor in the Department of Biology.  My interests include Anatomy and Physiology bringing my 22 years of clinical experience to students answering why they are learning all this information by presenting real clinical and practical applications.

Stowasser, Annette

Assistant Professor Educator

851 JD Rieveschl Hall

513-556-2837

annette.stowasser@uc.edu

Visual systems, Image Formation, Physiology

Vilinsky, Ilya

Associate Professor, Educator

613B Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9749

ilya.vilinsky@uc.edu

Adjunct Faculty

Castaneda, Linda

Instructor - Adj

614 Rieveschl Hall

513-475-6176

linda.castaneda@uc.edu

Converse, Richard L.

Instructor - Adj Ann

Rieveschl Hall

513-335-1150

richard.converse@uc.edu

Cook, Tiffany

Associate Professor, Divisions of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Developmental Biology email: tiffany.cook@cchmc.org

Rieveschl Hall

513-636-6991

tiffany.cook@uc.edu

Molecular basis of eye development; retinal degenerative diseases; photoreceptor biology; cell-specific transcriptional regulatory mechanisms; evolutionary conservation of retina and lens formation between vertebrates and invertebrates; Drosophila genetics

Darling, John A.

Asst Professor - Adj Volunteer

Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9700

john.darling@uc.edu

Feist, Douglas B

Adjunct Instructor

Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9700

douglas.feist@uc.edu

Courses: At the Zoo Diversity; At the Zoo Behavior; At the Zoo Ecology

Hauber, David J.

Asst Professor - Adj

614 Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9700

david.hauber@uc.edu

Retired Supervisor, Northern Laboratory Branch, Kentucky State Police
Analytical Chemist, Forensic Biologist, Microscopist
Interests:  Molecular Evolution, Evolution and the History of Life
Currently teaching Anatomy & Physiology Labs part-time for fun & a little profit

Lazorchak, James

Assoc Professor - Adj

614 Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9700

james.lazorchak@uc.edu

Lessnau, Robert

Instructor - Adj

Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9700

robert.lessnau@uc.edu

Pence, Valerie C

Adjunct Professor, Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

614 Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9700

valerie.pence@uc.edu

Riestenberg, Mary M

Visiting Scholar

Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9700

mary.riestenberg@uc.edu

Roth, Terri Lynn

Adjunct Professor
Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

614 Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9700

terri.roth@uc.edu

Roy, Allison

Asst Professor - Adj Volunteer

Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9700

allison.roy@uc.edu

Scheifele, Peter M. Skip'

Professor

345A French East

513-558-8519

peter.scheifele@uc.edu

Animal bioacoustics, Animal auditory & vocal mechanisms in canines, equines and marine mammals, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome in military working dogs, tactical K9 audiology, military SME in K9 audiology & bioacoustics

Soukup, Victor Gerald

Manager, Herbarium

1600 Crosley Tower

513-556-8190

victor.soukup@uc.edu

Stacey, Julie Marie

Academic Administrator I

622 Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9709

julie.stacey@uc.edu

Oversees budgets, ordering, and setup of microbiology, sophomore, and upper level experimental laboratories

Swanson, William F

Adjunct Professor
Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

614 Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9700

william.swanson@uc.edu

Trainor, Anne

Asst Professor - Adj Volunteer

820G Rieveschl Hall

919-619-4678

anne.trainor@uc.edu

Urbina, Julio A

Professor - Adj

614 Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9700

julio.urbina@uc.edu

Villegas, Eric

Asst Professor - Adj Volunteer

614 Rieveschl Hall

513-569-7017

eric.villegas@uc.edu

Wiedermann, Magdalena M.

Adjunct Assistance Professor-Research

magdalena.wiedermann@uc.edu

Plant ecology; global change (enhanced nitrogen, climate change, invasive non-native species); plant-soil interactions; extracellular enzymes; nitrogen cycle; ecosystem function; biodiversity; main study areas peatlands, alpine, arctic and boreal ecosystems;

Visiting Faculty

Booth, Michael T

Asst Professor - Visiting

820D Rieveschl Hall

513-556-6253

michael.booth@uc.edu

Aquatic ecology, fish biology, migration and dispersal, streams, limnology, invasive species

Lawson, Lucinda P

Asst Professor - Research

820F Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9721

lucinda.lawson@uc.edu

My research focuses on the relationship between species and their environment. Species do not exist nor evolve in a vacuum. Thus both the climate and geological landscape in which they exist as well as the other species which they encounter have shaped their past and their present, and will shape their future in our rapidly changing world. I model these dynamics both to study the past (evolutionary processes) and to predict the future (conservation biology). I primarily work on tropical, terrestrial, vertebrates including African amphibians and Galapagos finches. Majors areas of reseach are: landscape genetics/genomics, conservation genetics and evaluations of extinction potential, functional genomics, evolutionary processes, speciation dynamics, hybrid admixure and contact zones.

I teach in the introductory Environmental Science course series (EVST 1012) where we tackle the environmental challenges of our times.

Stoffer, Brent

Asst Professor - Visiting

837 Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9700

brent.stoffer@uc.edu

Sexual selection, multimodal communication, plasticity in mate-choice decisions, effects of social environment

Torres, Maria Fernanda

Asst Professor - Visiting

Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9732

maria.torres@uc.edu

Plant and fungal functional genomics and transcriptomics; Cellular and molecular regulation of plant-pathogenic interactions; Comparative genomics; Plant sex-chromosome evolution

Emeriti Faculty

Cameron, Guy N.

Professor

851Q Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9740

guy.cameron@uc.edu

ECBR, Nutritional, behavioral and community ecology, primarily with rodents; conservation biology; impact of habitat fragmentation and exotic species on community function

Caruso, John L

Emeritus Faculty, Professor-Adjunct

1400 Crosley Tower

513-556-9700

john.caruso@uc.edu

Developmental biology of higher plants; in vitro propagation and hormone physiology of plants

Fox, Mary Claire

Professor

603A Rieveschl Hall

513-556-1669

mary.fox@uc.edu

teach and coordinate anatomy & physiology labs. The Undergraduate Advisor to Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies majors.

Gist, Daniel H

Emeritus Faculty

832 Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9700

daniel.gist@uc.edu

Comparative reproduction: morphology and physiology of the reptilian gonad ,sperm maturation and storage

Huether, Carl A

Emeritus Professor

513-475-4780

carl.huether@uc.edu

Human population and demographic genetics: incidence estimates of genetic anomalies (specifically Down syndrome) in human populations, probability aspects of genetic counseling, human genetics education

Kaneshiro, Edna Sayomi

Distinguished Research Professor

720 Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9712

edna.kaneshiro@uc.edu

ECBR, Cellular physiology cell biology, and biochemistry; structure and function of free-living, opportunistic and parasitic eukaryotic protists with an emphasis on lipids

Meyer, Ralph R

Emeritus Professor

Rieveschl Hall

765-337-3559

ralph.meyer@uc.edu

Biochemistry and molecular biology; enzymology, regulation and molecular biology of DNA repair in Escherichia coli; gene amplification

Miller, Michael C

Professor

1401A Crosley Tower

513-675-0293

mike.miller@uc.edu

Aquatic biology and river ecology; nutrients, tracemetals, algae and biocriteria of the Ohio River, Great Miami, Little Miami Rivers and Mill Creek in SW Ohio. Nonpoint source reduction, green infrastructure, mitigation of impervious surfaces, peak flow impacts on urban streams/rivers. Urban ecology. Recent activities are with nonprofits working with water quality in SW Ohio and the Ohio River. 

Mukkada, Antony J

Emeritus Faculty

1601 Crosley Tower

513-556-9720

Biochemistry and molecular biology of intracellular parasitism with special reference to survival strategies of a protozoan parasite, Leishmania donovani

Paquin, Charlotte M

Associate Professor

718 Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9732

charlotte.paquin@uc.edu

Molecular genetics of Saccharomyces cerevisae; the transposable element Ty; gene duplication and amplification

Rogstad, Steven H.

Professor

1601A Crosley Tower

513-556-9744

steven.rogstad@uc.edu

ECBR, Plant population biology and genetics, ecology, and evolution. Computer-based modeling of population genetics of establishing plant populations.  Tropical rain forest biology.

Shann, Jodi R

Professor
Director of the Environmental Studies Program

731D Rieveschl Hall

513-556-8265

jodi.shann@uc.edu

Environmental Chemistry; Biodegradation and Phytoremediation; Ecological Restoration

Snider, Jerry Allen

Emeritus Faculty

513-475-3741

Cryptogamic botany; cytology, taxonomy, ecology and development of bryophytes

Tepperman, Katherine

Professor

Braunstein Hall

216-417-1208

katherine.tepperman@uc.edu

Gold-based drugs, metabolism and toxicity; silver effects on cell differentiation; tissue culture.

Winget, G Douglas

Emeritus Faculty

513-475-4209

Cellular metabolism and bioenergetics: Photophosphorylation and the enzymes for chloroplast membranes

Post-Doc Fellows / Research Associates

Lawson, Lucinda P

Asst Professor - Research

820F Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9721

lucinda.lawson@uc.edu

My research focuses on the relationship between species and their environment. Species do not exist nor evolve in a vacuum. Thus both the climate and geological landscape in which they exist as well as the other species which they encounter have shaped their past and their present, and will shape their future in our rapidly changing world. I model these dynamics both to study the past (evolutionary processes) and to predict the future (conservation biology). I primarily work on tropical, terrestrial, vertebrates including African amphibians and Galapagos finches. Majors areas of reseach are: landscape genetics/genomics, conservation genetics and evaluations of extinction potential, functional genomics, evolutionary processes, speciation dynamics, hybrid admixure and contact zones.

I teach in the introductory Environmental Science course series (EVST 1012) where we tackle the environmental challenges of our times.

Ma, Li

Post Doc Fellow

Outomuro, David

Post Doc Fellow

Rieveschl Hall

513-293-9433

david.outomuropriede@uc.edu

Evolutionary ecologist studying the evolution of color vision and color signals across jumping spiders. Past research on visual ecology of predator-prey systems, and macro- and microevolution of wing shape.
Advisor Dr. Morehouse

Rosendale, Andrew J

Asst Professor - Adj

Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9700

andrew.rosendale@uc.edu

Ecophysiologist studying the effects of environmental stress and pesticide exposure on tick biology.

Stoffer, Brent

Asst Professor - Visiting

837 Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9700

brent.stoffer@uc.edu

Sexual selection, multimodal communication, plasticity in mate-choice decisions, effects of social environment

Stowasser, Annette

Assistant Professor Educator

851 JD Rieveschl Hall

513-556-2837

annette.stowasser@uc.edu

Visual systems, Image Formation, Physiology

Tomina, Yusuke

Post Doc Fellow

Sensory processing, Motor generation, Neuroethology, Behavioral physiology, Invertebrate neuroscience, Electrophysiology, Optical imaging   

Staff

Callihan, Alexia Lane

Program Manager (NE)

902 Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9770

alexia.callihan@uc.edu

Canterbury, Ronald

Academic Administrator I

6420 French Hall

513-556-9570

ron.canterbury@uc.edu

Coordinator, lab preparation, and course instructor for Anatomy and Physiology course

Carr, Megan L

Sr Lab Associate (NE)

6420 French Hall

513-556-9751

megan.carr@uc.edu

Cordonnier, Ellen

Mgr College Laboratory (NE)

613D Rieveschl Hall

513-556-7248

ellen.cordonnier@uc.edu

Deeds, Erin

Program Coordinator

614 Rieveschl Hall

513-556-2814

erin.deeds@uc.edu

Mergner, Stephen T

Sr Instrum Spec

Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9700

stephen.mergner@uc.edu

Nance, Aimee

Business Manager

614 Rieveschl Hall

513-558-4701

aimee.nance@uc.edu

Rogers, Jo

Associate Director of Academic Studies

6428C French Hall

513-556-9741

josephine.rogers@uc.edu

Laboratory preparation and instructor for Anatomy and Physiology course

Ruff, Roger F

Technical Professional II

1401A Crosley Tower

513-254-5761

roger.ruff@uc.edu

fabrication, service, and repair of teaching and research equipment

Stacey, Julie Marie

Academic Administrator I

622 Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9709

julie.stacey@uc.edu

Oversees budgets, ordering, and setup of microbiology, sophomore, and upper level experimental laboratories

Meurer, Rebecca

Program Manager

614 Rieveschl Hall

513-556-6241

rebecca.meurer@uc.edu

Welton, Tangie D.

Administrative Professional I

611 Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9704

tangie.welton@uc.edu

Responsible for budget, ordering, and setup of freshman biology laboratories

Graduate Students

Ajayi, Oluwaseun Matthew

PhD Student 711D Rieveschl Hall

Insect Physiology
Vector Biology
Medical Entomology
Advisor: Dr. Benoit
 

Barreiro, Jose Manuel

PhD Student
800A Rieveschl

Evolution, Ecology, Geometric Morphometrics, Population Genetics.
Advisor: Dr. Petren

Brown (Urban), Natasha A.

PhD Student
731 Rieveschl Hall

population dynamics, ecology, wildlife, mammalogy

Advisor: Dr. Matter

Conley, Rose Ellen

Graduate Assistant

Crowley-Gall, Amber

PhD Candidate
800A Rieveschl Hall

Olfactory divergence in Drosophila mojavensis.  Behavioral genetics, olfaction, electrophysiology, ecological speciation
Advisor: Dr. Rollmann
Sensory systems in the Atlantic sand fiddler crab, Uca pugilator. Specifically, the visual and proprioreceptive systems. Animal navigation; vision ecology; neurobiology
Advisor: Dr. John E. Layne

Dodson, Alexis Nicole

PhD Student
711 Rieveschl Hall
Tel: 248-525-8812

Behavioral ecology, sexual selection, multi-modal courtship, differential courtship investment, animal decisions, arachnology, myrmecomorphy
Advisor: Dr. Nathan Morehouse
Morehouse Lab Website

Elam, Robert J

Ph.D. Student
703A Rieveschl Hall
Advisor: Dr. Theresa Culley

Fetke, Janine

PhD Student
504B, Andrew W. Breidenbach Environmental Research Center
(513) 569-7560

Endocrine disruptors, epigenetics, bioinformatics/sequence analysis, DNA barcoding.
Advisor: Dr. DeBry

Garvey, Samuel Tyler

Graduate Assistant

I am a master's student in biological sciences studying vertebrate paleontology under Dr. Takuya Konishi. My research focuses on mosasaurs, with current projects involving Mesozoic marine reptile dentition and polar mosasaurs. My general research interests include morphology, biogeography, and phylogenetics.

Golden, Alex Marie

Graduate Assistant

paleoethnobotany, archaeology, Central America, plant domestication, diet reconstruction
Advisor: Dr. Lentz

Gomez, Vishnu

Graduate Assistant

Gripshover, Noah Daniel Lory

MS student
851JA Rieveschl Hall
859-912-4717

I am interested in the behavior and ecology of animals with a primary focus on reptiles. Currently, I am investigating how snakes choose to move through the environment and the diet and feeding behavior of local snake species. My research consists of field studies around Cincinnati in combination with laboratory experiments.
Advisor: Dr. Jayne

Hansel, Nicole

Graduate Assistant

Harris, Olivia Katherine

Graduate Assistant

Hassert, Jennifer Camille

Graduate Assistant

SBBE, arthropod visual systems, optics, eye development, sensory systems, electrophysiology, molecular biology, RNA interference
Advisor:Dr. Buschbeck

He, Justin Y

Graduate Assistant

Hintz, Chelsea

PhD Student, 731 Rieveschl

Research Interests: urban stream ecology
Advisor: Dr. Ishi Buffam 

Holmes, Christopher

Graduate Assistant

I am currently conducting research at the University of Cincinnati in Dr. Joshua Benoit's research laboratory. I am studying the effects of dehydration on mosquito blood-feeding, nutritional reserves, water and particle retention, gene expression, and the resulting impact on virus retention and propagation. 

Jain, Rupal

Microbiologist

Rupal Jain
Graduate student

Kendzel, Mitchell John

Student Worker

Keshtvarz, Jacob

Graduate Assistant

Lallo, Madeline

MS Student Rieveschl 851B

I am interested in the role of vibratory courtship signals on the evolutionary divergence of two wolf spider ethospecies, Schizocosa ocreata and Schizocosa rovneri. Both S. ocreata and S. rovneri possess a courtship signal composed of two distinct vibratory components, percussion and stridulation. I am interested to know if females are receptive to individual vibratory components (stridulation and percussion) or the pattern of courtship signals from conspecific and heterospecific males.

Advisor: Dr. George Uetz

Merritt, Benjamin

PhD Candidate
703A Rieveschl

My work focuses on how species interact with their environment, ranging from the physiological responses of individuals to the ecological responses of populations using statistical and spatial modeling, ecophyisology, and genetic tools. 
Advisors: Dr. Theresa Culley and Dr. Stephen Matter

Jennings, Emily

PhD Candidate 710 F

Insect physiology, insect reproduction, reproductive biology, teratogenesis, epigenetics, RNA-seq, bioinformatics
Advisor: Dr. Benoit
Benoit Lab Website
 

Morris, David James

Graduate Assistant

Speciation, Trait Evolution, Phylogenetics, Sexual Selection, Visual Ecology

Advisor: Dr. Nathan Morehouse
Morehouse Lab Website

Muthusamy, Arunkumar

Graduate Assistant

800S Rieveschl Hall

I use transcriptomics, in situ hybridization and RNAi technology to test to what extent developmental pathways known from Drosophila eye development underlie the generation of the extraordinary larval eyes of the beetle Thermonectus marmoratus. This work is exciting because it allows me to determine which developmental features are fundamental to eye development and to identify how common genetic pathways are tweaked by evolution to give rise to functionally different organizations.

Advisor: Dr. Buschbeck

Nathan, Jered D

Graduate Assistant

Nine, Gabriela Alejandra

Jr Research Associate (NE)

Rieveschl Hall

513-556-9700

gabriela.nine@uc.edu

Owens, Madeline

Graduate Assistant

Arthropod visual systems, optics, sensory biology 
Advisor: Dr. Buschbeck 

Patmann, Matthew

Graduate Assistant

Patterson, Cody Levi

MS student
800A Rieveschl

Electrophysiology, Olfaction, Host Plant Odorant Mixtures, Ecological Speciation

Advisor: Dr. Rollmann

Paul, Bidisha

Graduate Assistant

Perfetta, Cory J

Graduate Assistant

Philpott, Megan Elizabeth

Graduate Assistant

Plant Conservation, Cryopreservation, Plant Tissue Culture, DNA Damage, Population Genetics

Pickett, Emily Elizabeth

MS Student
851C Rieveschl

Sexual Selection, Multimodal Communcation, Behavioral Ecology
Advisor: Dr. George Uetz

Powers, Mandy K.

PhD Candidate

Evolutionary Genetics; Cave Biology; Craniofacial Morphology; Bone Development; Fluctuating and Directional Asymmetry.

Advisor: Dr. Josh Gross 

Rathore, Shubham Triloksingh

Graduate Assistant

Samuel, Justine Alexandra

PhD student, 731 Rieveschl Hall

Sexual selection, chemical ecology, plant-animal interactions
Advisor: Dr. Matter
 

Schuh, Anna Rose

Student Worker

Sears, Connor Rianne

Graduate Assistant

I am a PhD Student studying the genetics underlying regressive traits in the blind Mexican cavefish such as pigmentation. 

Sterner, Zachary Ryan

MS Student
711 Rieveschl Hall

Developmental Endocrinology: Actions of Stress Hormones and Their Receptors During Tail Resorption in Xenopus tropicalis Tadpoles 

Advisor: Dr. Buchholz

Trutschel, Leah Rae

Graduate Assistant

Winkeljohn, Maxwell Bruno

Graduate Assistant

Young, Parker Allen

Graduate Assistant

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