Graduate Students

The Department of Biological Sciences offers graduate training leading to the MS in Biological Sciences or the PhD in Integrative Biology. Students work closely with the research faculty to select appropriate courses and conduct independent research. Many projects are funded through state and federal grants and contracts. Student research frequently involves collaboration with other scientists from other institutions or field work in diverse settings.

Graduate Student Advisor and Interests
Laura Alexander
Laura Alexander
Ph.D. Program
Advisor:
DeVries

Research: I study population characteristics of select species of understory butterflies in Costa Rican lowland rainforest.
Email: lgalexan86@gmail.com
Dawn Allenbach
Dawn Allenbach
Ph.D. Program
Advisor: Rees

Research: I am studying how the herbicide atrazine affects development, growth, and reproduction in the Japanese medaka, Oryzias latipes.
Email: d_m_allenbach@yahoo.com
Anne Cespedes
Anne Cespedes
Ph.D. Program
Advisor:
DeVries

Research: I am pursuing a PhD in Conservation Biology in the DeVries lab with a focus on insect diversity, ecology, and evolution. Currently, my research is focused on how selection acts to shape butterfly flight behaviors via wing morphology and microhabitat distribution.
Email:anniecespedes@gmail.com
 
Tess Clapp
Tess Clapp
Ph.D. Program
Advisor:
Bell

Research: I am studying phylogenetics within the cord grass genus Spartina across its broad geographic range.
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Jennifer Clark
M.S. Program
Advisor:
Howard

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Jessica Edwards
Jessica Edwards
Ph.D. Program
Advisor:
Lailvaux

Research: Ecology and Interactions of invasive and native anole species.
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Adrienne Egge
Adrienne Egge 
Ph.D. Program
Advisor:
Johnson

Research: My research project explores the population and landscape genetics of Red Foxes (Vulpes vulpes sp.) in Northern Virginia with a focus on defining "Urban Populations".
Email: alegge@uno.edu
Alex Entrup
M.S. Program
Advisor:
Howard

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Kristina Farragut
M.S. Program
Advisor:
Rees

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Alex Figueroa
Alex Figueroa 
Ph.D. Program
Advisor:
Lailvaux

Research: I am researching the evolution and behavioral ecology of arboreal snakes. I am specifically interested in quantifying the number of times arboreality has evolved in snakes and measuring the level of morphological convergence in distantly related species.
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Gabe Fiorini
Ph.D. Program
Advisor:
Anthony

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Jenisha Ghimire
M.S. Program
Advisor:
Clancy

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Lauren Gonzales
Ph.D. Program
Advisor:
Bell

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Janet Gonzalez-Rosario
M.S. Program
Advisor:
Rees

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Kyle Heine
M.S. Program
Advisor:
Penz

Research: Behavioral ecology of white-tailed deer.
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Christina Kronfel
Christina Kronfel  
PhD. Program
Advisor:
Schluchter

Research: My project involves characterization of phycoerythrin biosynthesis in the cyanobacterium Fremyella diplosiphon.
Email: cmkronfe@uno.edu
 Cara Nighohossian 
Ph.D. Program
Advisor:
Howard

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Linda Salande
M.S. Program
Advisor:
Howard

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Trent Santonastaso
Trent
Santonastaso
Ph.D. Program
Advisor:
Anthony

Research: We are characterizing immunogenes in the reptile genome. Along with these genes under selective pressure we will use microsatellite multiplexes to determine how parasites influence host genetic structure both spatially and temporally.
Email: tsantona@my.uno.edu
Kevin Scriber
Ph.D. Program
Advisor:
Howard

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Barsha Shrestha
M.S. Program
Advisor:
Sridhar

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Robinson Sudan Ph.D. Program
Advisor:
Howard

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Email: rwsudan@uno.edu
Christie Sukhdeo Ph.D. Program
Advisor:
Anthony

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William Weber
M.S. Program
Advisor:
Anthony/Lailvaux

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Achira Weerathunga
M.S. Program
Advisor:
Sridhar

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