Current Lab Members

Graduate Students

Stephanie Hees

Andrew Ontano

Jamie Pawloski

Jacqueline Sarratt

 

Undergraduate Students

Talara Araujo

Michael Buelna

Robin Chin

Elizabeth Kercado

Mindy Le

Isabel Marquez

Suzanne Pinar

Jimmy Tang

Nicko Thurston

Recent Publications

Lauron, E. J., Loiseau, C., Bowie, R. Spicer, G. S., Smith, T. B., Melo, M. and Sehgal, R. N.  Co-evolutionary
patterns and diversification of avian malaria parasites in African sunbirds (Family Nectariniidae) Parasitology, revised and resubmitted.

 

Walden, G. K., Garrison, L. M., Spicer, G. S., Cipriano F. W., and Patterson, R.  2014.  Phylogenies and
chromosome evolution of Phacelia (Boraginaceae: Hydrophylloideae) inferred from nuclear ribosomal and chloroplast sequence data.  Madroño 61: 16-47.

 

Research

I am broadly interested in population and community ecology, statistical ecology and biogeography, insect-plant interactions, and sampling and monitoring design in ecology and conservation.

Recent Publications

Bartlett, L. and E.F. Connor. 2014. Exogenous phytohormones and the induction of plant galls by insects.

         Arthropod-Plant Interactions 8: 339-348. DOI 10.1007/s11829-014-9309-0.

 

Dorazio, R. M. and E. F. Connor. 2014. Estimating abundances of interacting species using morphological traits,

          foraging guilds, and habitat. PloS ONE 9(4): e94323. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0094323.

 

Connor, E.F., M.D. Collins, and D. Simberloff. 2013. The checquered history of checkerboard distributions.

Research

I am broadly interested in population and community ecology, statistical ecology and biogeography, insect-plant interactions, and sampling and monitoring design in ecology and conservation.

Lab photos

 

Beth and Rebecca at ASM Microbe 2017

Beth and Rebecca at ASM Microbe 2017

 

Hector and Ivan at reception after Graduate Recognition Ceremony 2017

Publications

Samson M, Jow MM, Wong CL, Fitzpatrick C, Aslanian A, Saucedo I, Estrada R, Ito T, Park S R, Yates JR and Chu DS

The specification and global reprogramming of histone epigenetic marks during gamete formation and early embryo development in C. elegans

Accepted to PLoS Genetics 

 

Chu DS and Shakes DC

Spermatogenesis.

Research

We use the model organism C. elegans to understand how chromosome architecture and dynamics influence gene expression and male fertility. 

 

Epigenetic Paternal Information

Andrew G Zink

As a behavioral ecologist I am interested in evolutionary and ecological processes that generate the broad diversity of animal behavior. My research involves the evolution of social behavior with a specific focus on the evolution of parental care and communal breeding. Many animals decrease the costs of parental care by raising their offspring with other parents in a communal group. However individual parents within these groups often experience large asymmetries in the number of offspring that they produce and the amount of care that they provide.

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