Current Graduate Students
Ben Merritt (PhD Candidate)
Ben is using his expertise in GIS to answer ecological questions involving several different systems, ranging from plant-insect interactions in alpine environments to integrative taxonomy in Camassia. Previous to joining the PhD program, Ben worked in our lab as an undergraduate researcher, collaborating to publish a number of studies. He is co-advised by Dr. Steve Matter.
Robert Elam (PhD Student)
Robert recently finished his MS degree in our laboratory, focusing on the effects of coal particulates on plant growth and responses to light stimuli. He is now working towards his PhD, focusing on the population genetics of wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei), a relatively new invasive in Ohio.
Jeremiah Allen (PhD Student)
Following his interests in conservation biology, Jeremiah joined our lab during Summer 2018 as a researcher on the Hawaiian Conservation Projects, in collaboration with Dr. Valerie Pence at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Jeremiah is currently develop molecular markers in a variety of endangered Hawaiian plant taxa known as exceptional species.
Max Winkeljohn (MS Student)
Having previously worked in our lab as an undergraduate researcher with Robert Elam, Max is now forging his own research path as a MS student. Starting Fall 2018, he is just now developing his research project.
Francis Cartieri (MS student)
Francis is working on an empirical study investigating how to define a species within the Camassia species complex, using integrative taxonomy of different data sets (genetic, phylogenetic, morphometric, and ecological niche modeling). Such research is not only part of his MS degree in biology, but it also complements Francis’ concurrent pursuit of a PhD degree in the Philosophy Department.
Current Undergraduate Students
Tziporah Serota – Tziporah began in our lab as a high school senior, and has continued on for a few years. She has been working on quantifying germination of Callery pear seeds, updating the classic Reichard and White (2001) review of invasive woody plants, and researching why Callery pear trees are appearing in forest interiors.
Monroe Conner – Monroe has been working with Megan Philpott to develop microsatellite markers the Lakeside Daisy and to extract DNA on a variety of CREW projects.
Alexis Wafer – Alexis is working on a variety of projects, including a very interesting study of the effect of the tiki on PCR productivity (!).
Eric Tepe – An Assistant Professor in the Biological Sciences Department, Dr. Tepe shares our lab suite and our lab members are highly intermixed. He is a plant systematist with expertise in the Solanaceae and the Piper genus.
Marwa Ammar – After working towards her MS degree in Egypt, Marwa has been volunteering in the lab to learn genetic techniques. She is also a team member in our Publication Bias project, conducted with UC’s Digital Scholarship Center.
Maria Torres – Maria is a Visiting Assistant Professor in our department who conducts her research with Eric Tepe in our laboratory suite. Originally from Columbia, she is also a member of our Publication Bias project.