Anne Chambers [EEB] studies the evolutionary history of reptiles and amphibians. She is interested in what genetics can tell us about the evolutionary processes that form species. Anne spends her free time hiking in southern Utah. Find more here: eannechambers.wordpress.com.
Julia York [EEB] studies how polar animals sense temperature and how they might respond to climate change. She is originally from Alaska and hopes to work in Antarctica some day.
Isaac Miller-Crews [EEB] studies the evolution of social behavior. He researches how neural gene networks regulate reproduction. A native Austinite, Isaac enjoys fishing, hiking, and reading SciFi books. Find more here: https://imillercrews.wordpress.com/
Christina Balentine [EEB] studies human anthropological genetics. She is interested in learning how humans survive and thrive in extreme environments (like the cold climates of the Arctic and sub-Antarctic) by studying the DNA and culture/archaeology of ancient and present-day peoples. Find more here: https://cmbalentine.wordpress.com
Allison Davis Connelly [EEB] studies animal behavior using a clonal fish. Her research focuses on how these fish change their behavior based on their environment and what this tells us about the evolution and maintenance of sexual reproduction. A New Orleanian at heart, Allison spends her free time cooking all things spicy and longing for the swamps.
Jeff Coleman [EEB] is broadly interested in evolutionary genetics and genomics. He is currently trying to understand the genetic mechanisms that cause brightly colored and chemically defended poison frogs in the group Epipedobates to take up toxins from their diets into their skin. More about Jeff here: http://cannatellalab.org/authors/jeffrey-coleman/.
Emma Dietrich [EEB] is interested in social evolution, microbiology, and behavioral ecology. Emma studies the microbiome and natural history of a social spider in Texas. She also loves baking french macarons. Website: http://arachnidlady.wordpress.com/
Emlyn Resetarits [EEB] is interested in phycology, behavioral ecology, community ecology, & aquatic ecology. She researches how interactions between species can promote cooperation within a species using a variety of taxa. More about Emlyn here: http://www.leiboldlab.com/emlyn-resetarits.html
Caitlin Friesen [EEB] is interested in social behavior, neuroendocrinology, and environmental physiology. Her research examines the effect of the social and physical environment on physiological and behavioral patterns that govern how individuals interact. You can read more about her work here: https://caitlinfriesen.wordpress.com/
Kelly Wallace [EEB] studies cognitive ecology and how behavior influences cognition. She is researching the question “What are the behavioral tendencies of a good learner?” by putting fish through math tests, mazes, and personality tests.
Decio Correa [EEB] is interested in ecology and herpetology. He studies the bacteria that live in association with frogs and tadpoles. You can read more about his work here: https://www.deciocorrea.com/
Nathan LeClear [PB] is interested in botany, systematics, & biogeography. He loves the diversity of plants, and studies the relationships of the genus Jatropha and the evolution of plant diversity in the seasonally dry tropical forests of Mexico.
Emily Rees [PB] studies plant ecology & plant-animal coevolution. She loves being outdoors, whether that is doing field research or riding her bicycle around Austin. Emily also spends some of her free-time baking, reading sci-fi, and cuddling her two kitties.
Erin Giglio [EEB].
Ashley Green [PB].
Andrius Dagilis [EEB] researches the evolution of gene order, chromosomes, and speciation.
Tracy Burkhard [EEB] is broadly interested in sexual selection and animal communication. Her current research explores the evolution of song in Neotropical singing mice, taking her into the cloud forests of Costa Rica to trap the little brown mice and record their trilling vocalizations. In Austin, you can catch her playing water polo, doing yoga, or enjoying Tex-Mex.
Rong Ma [EEB] studies chemical ecology, behavior, genomics, and social evolution. He is fascinated by the complex system of chemical communication in honey bees, especially in the ways that pheromones influence behavior. Rong enjoys rock climbing, archery, and calligraphy. Website: http://www.rongma.org/
Rebecca Tarvin [EEB] studies evolutionary biology. She researches how poison frogs avoid poisoning themselves. In general she is interested in how animals adapt to their environments. Website: http://www.rebeccatarvin.com/
Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. Events are held outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages!
It’s that time of the year, mark your calendars! We have four wonderful speakers scheduled for the semester of virtual talks, on the second Thursday of every month: February 11: Emily Javan: COVID update March 11: Thom Marshall: Snakes of Central Texas (part of the 2021 Texas Science Festival!) April 8: Lydia Tressel: What are We Eating? […]