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Current Graduate Students
 
 
Michael Barrow
Michael joined the lab in 2013 after receiving his BS in Biology from Thomas More College.
 
Project Title: Phylogeography of the Cave salamander (Eurycea lucifuga).
Former Graduate Students
Nick Levis (MS 2014)
Nick joined the lab in 2012 after receiving his BS in Zoology from Miami University. Nick won the 2013 Outstanding 1st-Year Graduate Student Award and the 2014 Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the Department of Biology. He also won the WKU Graduate School John D. Minton Award for outstanding contributions to the University, and placed 2nd in the Ecology and Environmental Science student competition at the Kentucky Academy of Sciences annual meeting. Nick is now a PhD. student at the University of North Carolina. Find Nick
 
Project Title: Consequences of two environmental stressors (UV-B radiation and glyphosate-based herbicide) on spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum).
Kevin Martin (MS 2013)
Kevin joined the lab in 2011 following the completion of his BS in Biology from Seattle Pacific University. In 2012, Kevin won the Biology Department award for Outstanding 1st-Year Graduate Student, and placed 2nd in the Ecology and Environmental Science student competition at the Kentucky Academy of Sciences annual meeting. Kevin is now enrolled in Law School at Wake Forest University.
 
Project Title: Landscape genetics of the marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum) at Mammoth Cave National Park.
 
 
Recent Undergraduate Students
 
 
Morgan Murrell
Morgan was a WKU honors student and received a Faculty-Undergraduate Student Engagement (FUSE) grant in 2012. Morgan won 1st place in the Zoology undergraduate poster competition at the 2013 Kentucky Academy of Sciences annual meeting. Morgan is currently in Dental School at the University of Louisville.
 
Project Title: Landscape genetics of the Western toad (Bufo boreas).
Ryan Vincent
Ryan was a Biology honors student at WKU. He received a Faculty-Undergraduate Student Engagement (FUSE) grant in 2013 and placed 1st in the Ecology and Environmental Science undergraduate poster competition at the Kentucky Academy of Sciences annual meeting. In 2014, Ryan won the Department of Biology award for Outstanding Biotechnology Student Ryan is currently a Research Associate at Insight Genetics.
 
Project title: Landscape genetics of the California Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma californiense) in the Los Vaqueros Watershed.
Kevin Ziegler
Kevin was a Gatton Academy of Math and Science student at WKU. He received a Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (BSURE) Fellowship during the summer of 2013. Kevin is now an undergraduate at the University of Alabama.
 
Project title: "The prevalence of Chytrid fungus in Bullfrog populations of South Central Kentucky".
 
 
 
 
More Former Students
 
 
Torey Gilkison
Torey was a WKU honors student co-advised with Albert Meier. Torey received a Faculty-Undergraduate Student Engagement (FUSE) grant in 2012 and completed her honors thesis in 2013. Torey is now a graduate student in Biology at WKU.
 
Project Title: Comparisons of genetic diversity among disjunct populations of Magnolia tripetala.
Dana Leigh
Dana attends Eastern Kentucky University and was a visiting NSF REU biotechnology research fellow during the summer of 2012. Dana is now a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University.
 
Project Title: Gene flow within a California newt (Taricha torosa) metapopulation on a protected landscape.
Evan Sutton
Evan was the recipient of a Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (BSURE) Fellowship during the summer of 2011. Evan's interests include salamander metamorphosis, with particular interest in Ambystoma mexicanum (axolotls).
 
Project Title: Morphological changes in induced axolotl metamorphosis
Alyssa Woronik
Alyssa visited from Sacred Heart University as an NSF REU biotechnology research fellow during the summer of 2011. Alyssa is now a graduate student at Stockholm University in Sweden.
 
Project Title: Development of EPIC markers in cave salamanders (Eurycea lucifuga).
Andi Esterle
Andi was a Biology major at WKU. She worked on landscape genetics of the California newt (Taricha torosa).
Sarah Lowe
Sarah was a pre-med Biochemistry major at WKU. She worked on landscape genetics of the California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) during the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters.
Stephen Mattingly
Stephen was a Gatton Academy of Math and Science student at WKU. He worked with us during the Fall 2011 semester.
Bonnie McCullagh
Bonnie graduated with her BS in Biology from WKU. She worked on landscape genetics of the California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) during the Spring and Summer of 2011.