Biology

Clark Students Conducting Research on a Rocky Shore Graduate Student Directory

Graduate Student Directory

Doctoral Students 2015-16

Allen Carillo-BaltodanoCarillo-Baltodano, Allan
acarrillobaltodano@clarku.edu
Office: 340 Lasry Biosciences, extension 7420
B.S. Biology, University of Costa Rica
Research interests: development of marine invertebrates
Recent or current project: Comparative neural development in annelids;
evolution of early neural specification

Advisor: Néva Meyer

Cheu, Amy
acheu@clarku.edu
Office: 340 Lasry Biosciences, extension 7420
B.S.
Research interests:
Recent or current project:
Advisor: Philip Bergmann

Fitzgerald, Jamie
jafitzgerald@clarku.edu
B.S. Zoology, SUNY Oswego
Research interests: ecology and behavior
Recent or current project: Vertical habitat stratification in two forest dwelling mosquito species, Ochlerotatus triseriatus and Ochlerotatus hendersoni
Advisor: Todd Livdahl

Gaudreau, Mandy
mgaudreau@clarku.edu
Office: 340 Lasry Biosciences, extension 7420
B.S.
Research interests:
Recent or current project: Predicting spatial and temporal distributions of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the northeastern United States using species distribution modeling
Advisor:Todd Livdahl

Grace, Chris
CGrace@clarku.edu
Office: 340 Lasry Biosciences (415) 819-4826
M.S. Biology, San Francisco State University
B.A. Biology/Ecology, Simon's Rock College of Bard
Research interests:
Recent or current project:
Advisor: David Hibbett
Melissa Graham

Melissa Graham
megraham@clarku.edu
Office: 255 Lasry Biosciences, extension 7622
M.S. Adolescence Education, Canisius College
B.S. Biology & Psychology, Canisius College
Research interests: animal behavior, evolution, endocrinology
Recent or current project: Evolution of the maternal stress response and offspring phenotypes
Advisor: Susan Foster

Klonaros, Daniel
dklonaros@clarku.edu
Office: 340 Lasry Biosciences (415) 819-4826
B.S.
Research interests:
Recent or current project:
Advisor: Rob Drewell


Alicia KnudsonKnudson, Alicia
aknudson@clarku.edu
Office: 340 Lasry Biosciences, extension 7420
M.S. Plant Biology , University of Minnisota
B.S. Botany, University of Wisconsin, Plattesville
Research interests: systematics and developmental biology of fungi
Recent or current project: Fruiting body plasticity in Lentinus tigirinis and light signaling pathways in Agaricomycetes
Advisor: David Hibbett

Gen MorinagaMorinaga, Gen
GMorinaga@clarku.edu
Office: 340 Lasry Biosciences, extension 7420
B.S., Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz
Research interests: evolutionary biology, evolution of form and function
Recent or current project: Investigating the evolution of snake-like body shape in lizards
Advisor: Philip Bergmann

Naidu, Chitra
CNaidu@clarku.edu
Office: 340 Lasry Biosciences, extension 7420
M.S. Bioscience, University of Leeds
B.S. Biotechnology, Bharati Vidyapeeth
Research interests: genetics and epigenetics
Recent or current project: In vivo identification of small molecule inhibitors of PLC-gamma
Advisor: Justin Thackeray

Mitchell NuhnNuhn, Mitchell
mnuhn@clarku.edu 
Office: 255 Lasry Biosciences, extension 7622
B.S. Truman State University
Research interests: evolutionary biology
Recent or current project: Evolution of toxicity in Boletes
Advisor: David Hibbett

Minoli PereraPerera, Minoli
MPerera@clarku.edu
Lab: 224 Lasry Biosciences, extension 7398
M.S. Molecular Life Sciences, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
B.S. Bioinformatics, Vinayaka Missions University, India
Research interests: gene regulation of marine diatoms
Recent or current project: Coordinated post-transcriptional regulation of nitrogen assimilation in marine diatoms
Advisor: Deb Robertson

Ren, Xiang
xren@clarku.edu
Office: 340 Lasry Biosciences, extension 7420
B.S. Biotechnology, Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University
Research interests: nuclear structure and organization
Recent or current project: Targeting of Dictyostelium discoideum inner nuclear membrane proteins to the nuclear envelope
Advisor: Denis Larochelle

Miguel ReyesReyes, Miguel
mreyes@clarku.edu
Office: 340 Lasry Biosciences, extension 7420
M.S. Biology, Southern Connecticut State University.
B.A. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut.
Research interests: Diet deprivation and its physiological impacts on vertebrates
Recent or current project: Short and long-term effects of early-life compensatory growth on the threespine stickleback
Advisor: Susan Foster

John SoghigianSoghigian, John
JSoghigian@clarku.edu
Office: 255 Lasry Biosciences, extension 7622
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests: ecology, parasitology, evolution of disease
Recent or current project: Evolution of parasite-host fitness tradeoffs in a mosquito-gregarine system
Advisor: Todd Livdahl

Diane SuggsSuggs, Dianne
dsuggs@clarku.edu
B.S. Psychology, Brown University
Research interests: animal communication and sexual selection
Recent or current project: The evolution of female mating preferences and asking how these preferences change with age; and understanding the strategies/decision rules used by female stickleback in choosing a mate
Advisor: Susan Foster

Abinav SurSur, Abhinav
asur@clarku.edu
Office: 340 Lasry Biosciences, extension 7420
M.S. Biology, National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India
Research interests: evolution, development, genetics.
Recent or current project: Evolutionary significance of neural stem cells in neurogenesis of Capitella teleta.
Advisor: Néva Meyer

 

 

5th Year Accelerated Masters Students 2014-15

Waldie AndersonAnderson, Waldie
wanderson@clarku.edu
BA: Environmental Science-Conservation Biology, Clark University
Research interests: ornithology, forest ecology, biology
M.S. or recent project: Assessing level of usage for amphibians between certified and potential vernal pools
Advisor: John Baker

Carasco, Vanessa
scarrasco@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests:
M.S. or recent project: Bacterial screening on cultured macroalgae raised in intensive land-based systems
Advisor: David Hibbett

Thomas CarrollCarroll, Thomas
tcarroll@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests: Stream ecology
M.S. or recent project: Habitat preference in Margaritifera margaritifera
Advisor: John Baker

Cooney, Briana
BCooney@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests:
M.S. or recent project: Stress response in maternal threespine stickleback due to environmental factors
Advisor: Susan Foster

Corbet, Michele
mcorbet@clarku.edu
B.S. BCMB, Clark University
Research interests:
M.S. or recent project: Early BMP signaling is necessary for proper development of the brain, eyes and foregut in the annelid Capitella teleta
Advisor: Néva Meyer

Gialtouridis, Andrea
agialtouridis@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests: behavioral ecology
M.S. or recent project: Anti-predator behavior of Gasterosteus aculeatus in Alaskan lakes containing introduced northern pike
Advisor: Susan Foster

Gaby Jijon NemelceffJijon Nemalceff, Maria Gabriela
mjijon@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests: The role of riparian forests in stream system health and stream-riparian fluxes
M.S. or recent project: The effect of land cover on frewater macroinvertebrate communities in the East Branch of the Swift River, Petersham, Massachusetts
Advisor: John Baker

Harwell, Faye
fharwell@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests:
M.S. or recent project: Thermoregulation and hydroregulation through niche use in wood frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus) and American toads (Anaxyrus americanus)
Advisor: Philip Bergmann

Kelley, Gina
jkelley@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests:
M.S. or recent project: Investigation of a recently discovered gene affecting cell growth and proliferation in Drosophila
Advisor: Justin Thackeray

Kukol, Mitchell
mkukol@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests:
M.S. or recent project: Morphological plasticity in a contemporary limnetic-to-benthic transition
Advisor: Susan Foster

Lewis, Kyle
klewis@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests:
M.S. or recent project: Cloning of CDC20 in Dictyostelium
Advisor: Denis Larochelle

Littlefield, Rebecca
rlittlefield@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests:
M.S. or recent project: Coordinated post-transcriptional regulation of nitrogen assimilation in marine diatoms
Advisor: Deborah Robertson

Lunn, Kendall
klunn@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests:
M.S. or recent project:
Advisor: John Baker

Katherine McMahanMcMahan, Katherine
kmcmahan@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests: Chronically stressed wild stickleback have been observed to display a repertoire of aberrant and self-sabotaging behaviors not unlike those displayed by humans suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Through comparative whole-genome analysis of chronically stressed experimental stickleback, wherein some stickleback display PTSD-like symptoms and some do not, we may be able to identify novel differentially regulated genes involved in the production of PTSD
M.S. or recent project:
Advisor: Susan Foster

Jason MorieraMoriera, Jason
jmoriera@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests:
M.S. or recent project: Morphological characterization of threespine stickleback in Newfoundland, Canada
Advisor: Susan Foster

Notarangelo, Marco
mnotarangelo@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests:
M.S. or recent project: Treehole mosquitoes washout: do rainfall induced floods influence the persistence of mosquito populations in treehole habitats?
Advisor: Todd Livdahl

Nyquist, Max
mnyquist@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests:
M.S. or recent project: Visual and olfactory cue use in responses of naive threespine stickleback to invasive predatory pike.
Advisor: Susan Foster

Pagan, Nicholas
npagan@clarku.edu
Research interests:
B.S. Biology, Clark University
M.S. or recent project: Use of the chironomid pupal exuvial technique (CPET) in lake bioassessment in Worcester County.
Advisor: John Baker
Kyle Pettinelli

Pettinelli, Kyle
kpettinelli@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests:
M.S. or recent project: The effects of substrate particle diameter on non-steady locomotion
Advisor: Philip Bergmann

Reich, Hannah
hreich@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests:
M.S. or recent project: Assessing season changes in Symbiodinium clade composition in juvenile Porites astreoides corals on shallow and mesophytic Bermudian reefs
Advisor: Deborah Robertson

Rebecca Rood GoldmanRood Goldman, Rebecca
RRoodGoldman@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests:
M.S. or recent project: The relationship between condition-dependency and reproductive vigor in the male three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus)
Advisor: Susan Foster

Roth, Allen
ARoth@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests:
M.S. or recent project: Searching for an NES in CenB
Advisor: Denis Larochelle

Stanmyer, Jeffrey
jstanmyer@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests:
M.S. or recent project: An investigation of the CentrinB-Rad4 complex in Dictyostelium discoideum
Advisor: Denis Larochelle

Stanton, Ashleigh
astanton@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests: Genetic modulation of neural activity in C. elegans
M.S. or recent project:
Advisor: Néva Meyer

St. Denis, James
JStDenis@clarku.edu
Office: 255 Lasry Biosciences, extension 7622
B.S. BCMB, Clark University
Research interests:
Recent or current project: An exploration of the effects of UV exposure on D. discoideum via cell printing and epigenome analysis
Advisor: Denis Larochelle

Steenwyk, Jacob
jsteenwyk@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests:
M.S. or recent project: Copy number variation in the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus gattii.
Advisor: John Gibbons

Tolchin, Simona
stolchin@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests:
M.S. or recent project: The role of the Notch/Delta signaling pathway in the development of neural stem cells of the annelid Capitella teleta
Advisor: Néva Meyer

Uricoli, Laura
luricoli@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests:
M.S. or recent project: Tannin's impact on early development in three-spine stickleback fry
Advisor: John Baker

Warndorf, Matthew
mwardorf@clarku.edu
B.S. Biology, Clark University
Research interests:
M.S. or recent project:
Advisor: Todd Livdahl