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Program in Ecology Alumni

Julia Angstmann

Julia Angstmann, alumna of the UW Program in EcologyPositions after graduation Post-doc, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Proposal Writer/Editor, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Post-doc research:  My research focuses on studying the quantity and effects of anthropogenic nitrogen deposition into the natural ecosystems.  Cape Town is home to one of the most diverse plant regions in the world, the Cape Floristic Region with over 9000 species of which 68% are endemic.  We are trying to understand how the adjacent city is influencing plant diversity and ecosystem health.  We are measuring nitrate and ammonium in rainfall and cloud condensate at 30 sites in and around the Cape Town Metropolitan Area in South Africa.

Program in Ecology PhD, 2005-2009

PhD advisor: Brent Ewers
PhD department: Botany

PiE dissertation title: Spatial and Temporal Variability of Tree Transpiration and its Drivers Along a Soil Drainage Gradient in the Boreal Black Spruce Forest

 


 

Otgonsuren AvirmedOtgonsuren Avirmed, Unviersity of Wyoming Program in Ecology alumna

Currently on maternity leave

Program in Ecology, 2009-2013

PhD advisor: Indy Burke
PhD department: Botany

PiE dissertation title: Energy development and recovery in South Central Wyoming: soils, vegetation and productivity

 

 

 



Sara BrownSara Brown, alumna of the UW Program in Ecology

Positions after graduation: Assistant professor of nature resource management, New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM

Program in Ecology, 2008-2011

PhD advisor: Indy Burke
PhD department: Botany

PiE dissertation title: The Impact of Wildland Fire and Fire Mitigation on Forest Carbon Storage

 

 


 

Janet ChenJanet Chen, Program in Ecology alumna

Positions after graduation: Post-doctoral researcher, University of New Hampshire Earth Systems Research Center, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space

Post-doc research: We are currently looking for a post-doctoral associate to focus on organic nitrogen use bymycorrhizal fungi and plants, primarily through use of stable isotope and radiocarbon techniques. Lab experience and familiarity with chemical extraction techniques will be considered a plus. Research areas include a new global change experiment in northern Minnesota, the Duke FACE study, and a project examining the biogeochemical consequences of shrub expansion in the Arctic.

Program in Ecology: 2008-2013

PhD advisor: Dave Williams
PhD department: Botany

PiE dissertation title: Soil amino acids and plant use in a semiarid grassland exposed to elevated atmospheric CO2 and warming

 


Morgan ChurchillMorgan Churchill, UW Program in Ecology alumnus.

Positions after graduation:

Program in Ecology: 2007-2014

PhD advisor: Mark Clementz
PhD department: Geology and Geophysics

PiE dissertation title: The evolution and paleoecology of seals and walruses (Carnivora: Pinnipedia)

 


Jamie CraitJamie Crait, University of Wyoming Program in Ecology alumnus 

Positions after graduation:

Program in Ecology: 2005-2013

PhD advisor: Merav Ben-David
PhD department:
Zoology

PiE dissertation title: The impact of nonnative species on river otters and aquatic-terrestrial linkages in Yellowstone National Park

 



Emiliano Donadio

Emiliano Donadio, program in ecology, university of wyoming

Current position:

Current research:

Program in Ecology, 2006 - 2012

PhD advisor: Steve Buskirk
PhD department: Zoology/Physiology

PiE dissertation title: The Interaction among pumas, wild camelids and grasses in the high plateaus of the Andes, Argentina

 

 


 

Caley Gasch

Caley GaschPosition after graduation: Post-doctoral researcher, Washington State University in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences

Post-doc research: My research focuses on quantifying and modeling the spatial and temporal variability of soil moisture in dry land agriculture of the Inland Northwest. The funding project (“Site Specific Climate Friendly Farming”) will inform precision agricultural practices for highest yield, lowest greenhouse gas emissions, and most efficient use of soil water.

Program in Ecology PhD, 2008-2013

PhD advisor: Pete Stahl
PhD department: Ecosystem Science and Management

PiE dissertation title: Recovery of soil properties, sagebrush steppe community structure, and environmental heterogeneity following drastic disturbance and reclamation

 

 


 

Zach GompertZach Gomert, Program in Ecology alumnus

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Positions after graduation: Post-doctoral research associate, Texas State University; Assistant Professor, Utah State University

Post-doc research: I am interested in the processes affecting molecular evolution in natural populations, and the genetic architecture and evolution of barriers to gene flow between species. My research is hypothesis driven and combines theoretical analysis, the development of statistical methods, manipulative experiments, and model-based analysis of high-throughput DNA sequence data. Although I study several biological systems, much of my empirical research is on butterflies in the genus Lycaeides. These butterflies are host plant specialist and are characterized by recent population divergence and geographically widespread hybridization. Currently, I am working with these butterflies to (i) test hypotheses regarding the relative roles of stochastic and deterministic processes in evolution, (ii) quantify the scale and determine possible causes of heterogeneity in genome divergence and introgression during speciation, and (iii) identify regions of the genome associated with morphological, behavioral, and fitness variation in natural populations.

Program in Ecology PhD, 2008-2012

PhD advisor: Alex Buerkle
PhD department: Botany

PiE dissertation title: The genetics of adaptation and speciation in populations

 

 


 

Eriek HansenEriek Hansen, University of Wyoming Program in Ecology alumnus 

Positions after graduation: Assistant Professor of Biology, Colorado Mesa University, website

Program in Ecology PhD, 2007-2012

PhD advisor: Frank Rahel
PhD department: Zoology and Physiology

PiE dissertation title: Temporal Variations in Riverine Fish Habitat and the Potential Responses of Fish

 

 




Erin HotchkissErin Hotchkiss, University of Wyoming Program in Ecology alumna

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Positions after graduation: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

Post-doc Research: My postdoctoral research seeks to quantify drivers of freshwater CO2 fluxes and ultimately create a predictive model of aquatic network CO2 emissions in northern Sweden. I will link ecosystem processes with organic and inorganic C fluxes throughout aquatic networks to clarify terrestrial and in situ physical and biological controls on large-scale patterns of network CO2 emissions.

Website

Program in Ecology PhD, 2007-2012

PhD advisor: Bob Hall
PhD department: Zoology and Physiology

PiE dissertation title: Patterns and drivers of carbon cycling in streams and rivers


Rachel A. JonesRachel A. Jones

Positions after graduation: Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Post-doc Research: Arid land reclamation

Program in Ecology PhD, 2010-2014

PhD advisor: Steve Jackson
PhD department: Botany

PiE dissertation title: The role of Native American fire regimes in the maintenance of longleaf pine savanna


 



Ben KochBen Koch, UW Program in Ecology alumnus

Positions after graduation: 1) Post-doc, University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Science; 2) Post-doc, Northern Arizona University, Center for Ecosystem Science and Societ

Post-doc research: Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Program in Ecology PhD, 2005-2011

PhD advisor: Bob Hall
PhD department: Zoology and Physiology

PiE dissertation title: Estimating the Strength of Consumptive and Nonconsumptive Interactions between Trout and Mayflies

 



Lisa KunzaLisa Kunza, UW Program in Ecology alumna

Positions after graduation: 1) Post-doc, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; 2) Assistant Professor, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Post-doc research:  I will be teaching two courses (Biogeochemistry and Environmental Global Change), advising graduate students, and using mesocosms to nutrient dynamic associated with Didymosphenia geminata blooms.

Program in Ecology PhD, 2006-2012

PhD advisor: Bob Hall
PhD department: Zoology and Physiology

PiE dissertation title: Fluxes and Controls of the Contribution of N2-fixation to the N budget in Streams

 

 


 

Mark LesserMark Lesser, Program in Ecology alumnus

Positions after graduation: 1) Post-doc, Syracuse University; 2) Research Assistant Professor, Syracuse University - website

Post-doc research: Local adaptation and sensitivity of tree species to micro-climate gradients

Program in Ecology PhD, 2005-2011

PhD advisor: Steve Jackson
PhD department: Botany

PiE dissertation title: Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Tree Migration: An Integrated Study of Ponderosa Pine Colonization and Expansion

 

 


 

Ariuntsetseg (Ariuna) Lkhagva

Ariuntsetseg Lkhagva

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Positions after graduation: Lecturer - Department of Ecology at National University of Mongolia

Program in Ecology PhD, 2010-2013

PhD Advisor: William Lauenroth
PhD Department: Botany

PiE dissertation title: Dynamics of aboveground net primary production of boreal steppe of Northern Mongolia

 

 



Dave McKenzieDave McKenzie, Program in Ecology alumnus

Positions after graduation: 1) Post-doc researcher at the Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology Lab at the University of Minnesota; 2) Lecturer, Botany, University of Oklahoma

Post-doc research:  I work as part of a larger, collaborative project examining the capacity of forest management strategies to impart resilience and resistance of ecological processes to changing climate. I participate in research that assesses the impacts of long-term forest management regimes on forest-level responses to variations in weather and disturbance in northern Lake States and New England experimental forests.

Program in Ecology PhD, 2006-2012

PhD advisor: Dan Tinker
PhD department: Botany

PiE dissertation title: Postfire Species Shifts, and the Growth and Regeneration of Western Red Cedar (Thuja picata), a Range Margin Species, in Glacier National Park, Montana 



Arthur MiddletonArthur Middleton, Program in Ecology alumnus

Positions after graduation: Gaylord donnelly postdoctoral fellow, Yale Insitute for Biospheric Studies

Post-doc research: Ecology of a high, semi-arid Andean food web in Argentina, where pumas and condors interact strongly with native camelids.

Program in Ecology PhD, 2007-2012

PhD advisors: Steve Buskirk and Matt Kauffman
PhD departments:
Zoology and Physiology and the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit 

PiE dissertation title: The Influence of large carnivore recovery and summer conditions on the migratory elk of Wyoming's Absaroka Mountains


Lynn Moore

Lynn Moore

Positions after graduation: 

Program in Ecology PhD, 2009-2014

PhD advisor: William Lauenroth
PhD departments:
Botany

PiE dissertation title: 

 


 

Kusum NaithaniKusum Naithnai, UW Program in Ecology alumna

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Positions after graduation:  1) Post-doctoral researcher, Penn State University; 2) Research Assistant, Penn State University - website

Program in Ecology PhD, 2005-2009

PhD advisor: Brent Ewers
PhD department: Botany

PiE dissertation title: Spatial and Temporal Controls on Population and Flux Processes in Steppe Ecosystems

 

 

 


 

Jonathan Pauli, UW Program in Ecology alumna

Jonathan Pauli

Positions after graduation: Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology: Website

Current research:  I am interested in the response of mammal populations and communities to human disturbance, particularly as it relates to developing effective conservation strategies.  I work in diverse ecosystems and employ a variety of techniques, from traditional ones like live capture, radiotelemetry and observation to more advanced ones involving molecular markers, stable isotopes and mathematical modeling to answer questions relating to mammalian ecology and conservation.

Program in Ecology PhD, 2007-2010

PhD advisor: Steven Buskirk and Merav Ben-David
PhD department: Zoology/Physiology

PiE dissertation title: Ecological Studies of the American Marten

 


David ReedDavid Reed

Advisors:

Positions after graduation: Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dickinson College (2014-2015); NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, UW-Madison (2015-2017)

Program in Ecology PhD, 2009-2014

PhD advisor: Bob Kelly and Brent Ewers
PhD department: Botany

PiE dissertation title:

 


 

Matt TallutoMatt Talluto, UW Program in Ecology alumnus

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Positions after graduation: Postdoctoral associate, Département de biologie, Université du Québec à Rimouski.  Website

Post-doc research: I'll be working on developing landscape and regional-scale forest productivity models to predict the effects of climate change on transitional temperate/boreal forest in the northeast.

Program in Ecology PhD, 2009-2013

PhD Advisor: Craig Benkman
PhD department: Zoology and Physiology

PiE dissertation title: The evolution of landscape structure: Eco-evolutionary dynamics drive spatial variation in serotiny in lodgepole pine 

 

 


Colin TuckerColin Tucker, alumnus of the Program in Ecology at the University of Wyoming

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Positions after graduation: Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Spatial Ecology Laboratory of the Institute of Arctic Biology at University of Alaska, Fairbanks.  Website

Post-doc research: Analyzing the impact of changing fire frequency, and thawing permafrost on vegetation distribution and terrestrial biogeochemistry of boreal forest and arctic tundra in Alaska.  This project is largely simulation model based within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Model framework.

Program in Ecology PhD, 2008-2013

PhD Advisor: Elise Pendall
PhD department: Botany

PiE dissertation title: Winter soil respiration in southeast Wyoming

 

 

 


 

Amber UlsethAmber Ulseth, Program in Ecology alumna

Positions after graduation: Post-doctoral researcher, University of Vienna, Department of Limnology.  Website

Post-doc research: Architecture of carbon fluxes in fluvial networks

Program in Ecology PhD, 2006-2012

PhD advisor: Bob Hall
PhD department: Zoology and Physiology

PiE dissertation title: Sources, fates, and export of organic carbon in the Colorado River Basin

 

 


 

Mark Williams

Mark Williams, UW Program in Ecology alumnusRecently returned from a five-month trip traveling from Cape Town, South Africa to Cairo, Egypt.

Program in Ecology PhD, 2006-2010

PhD advisor: Bill Baker
PhD department: Geography

PiE dissertation title: Landscape Reconstruction and Analysis of Historical Structure and Disturbances in Dry Western Forests Using General Land Office Survey Data

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