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Graduate Students
 
 
James Martin
James joined the lab in 2011 following the completion of his BS in Biology from Seattle Pacific University.
 
Project Title: Landscape genetics of the marbled salamander (Ambystom opacum) at Mammoth Cave National Park.
Nick Levis
Nick joined the lab in 2012 after receiving his BS in Zoology from Miami University.
 
Project Title: Consequences of two environmental stressors (UV-B radiation and glyphosate-based herbicide) on spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum).
Michael Barrow
Michael joined the lab in 2013 after receiving his BS in Biology from Thomas More College.
 
Project Title: TBD.
 
 
Undergraduate Students
 
 
Morgan Murrell
Morgan is a WKU honors student and received a Faculty-Undergraduate Student Engagement (FUSE) grant in 2012.
 
Project Title: Landscape genetics of the Western toad (Bufo boreas).
Ryan Vincent
Ryan is a Biology honors student at WKU. He received a Faculty-Undergraduate Student Engagement (FUSE) grant in 2013 and is working on landscape genetics of the Pacific treefrog (Pseudacris regilla) and California Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma californiense).
Kevin Ziegler
Kevin is 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. Project title: "The prevalence of Chytrid fungus in Bullfrog populations of South Central Kentucky".
 
 
 
 
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 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.
 
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.