Department of Biology, University of Missouri-St. Louis: Ph.D. Graduates


Name

Date

Thesis

Advisor

Current Position

Abhary, Mohammad

2010

Development of a
methodology to attain high
levels of storage proteins in
cassava tuberized roots and
its implications

Fauquet

Postdoctoral Fellow, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Addison, Brianne

2009

Maternally derived
antibodies in avian eggs and
offspring: ecology, life
history, and development

Ricklefs

Lecturer, University of Western Sydney

Santiago Alarcon, Diego

2008

Blood Parasites of New
World Doves, with special
emphasis on the Galapagos
Dove

Parker/ Ricklefs

Faculty, Institute for Ecology, Xalapa,  Mexico

Allen, Teresa

2010

 

Bourne

US Army Corps of Engineers

Aly, Haytham

2009

 

Taylor

Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine

Arango-Caro, Sandra

2002

Edge-effects on tree
regeneration in the
Columbian Andes

Loiselle

Lecturer, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia

Arminsen, Javier

2007

 

Spingola

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cambridge, UK

Avalos, Gerardo

1999

Photosynthetic acclimation
of canopy branches and
seedlings of lianas to light
changes in a tropical dry
forest

Mulkey

Professor in Conservation Biology, University of Costa Rica

Azpiroz, Adrián

2008

The effects of habitat loss on
community structure and
reproductive success of
pampas grassland birds

Blake

 

Baiao, Patricia

2008

Mechanisms underlying
phenotypic variation in the
Red-Footed Booby (Sula
sula)

Parker

Director of Amazon Program, Conservation International, Brazil

Baker, Beatriz

2010

Coexistence of sympatric
taxa of Chamaecrista
section Xerocalyx

Marquis

Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Arizona

Barber, Nicholas

2009

Tritrophic interactions in
forests: Direct and indirect
interactions between birds,
insect herbivores, and oaks

Marquis

Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University

Barrantes, Gilbert

2000

Ecology and evolution of
Phainoptila melanoxantha
(Bombycillidae, Aves) in the
highlands of Costa Rica and
western Panama

Loiselle

Professor in Biology, University of Costa Rica

Beilstein, Mark

2007

Phylogeny and trichome
evolution in the plant family
Brassicaceae

Kellogg,
Al-Shehbaz

Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona

Boege, Karina

2004

Ontogenetic variation in
plant resistance:
Consequences for plants,
herbivores and their natural
enemies

Marquis

Assistant Professor, Institute of Ecology, UNAM in Mexico

Boege-Tobin, Deborah

2005

Ranging patterns and
habitat utilization of
northern river otters, Lontra
oronate c, in Missouri:
Implications for the
conservation of a
reintroduced species

Tang-Martinez Bourne

Assistant Professor, Biology, University of Alaska-Homer

Bollmer, Jennifer

2008

Distribution of MHC variation
in Galápagos endemic birds

Parker

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin

Bowser, Gillian

1998

Genetics, geographics, and
prairie dogs: A landscape
model of prairie dog
(Cynomys ludovicianus)
dispersal

Loiselle
Blake

Assistant Dean of Sustainability and Strategic Planning, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University 

Cadena, Daniel

2006

Biogeography of Buarremon
brush-finches (Aves,
Emberizinae): Integrating
ecology, evolution, and
systematics

Loiselle
Ricklefs

Assistant Professor, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia

Camara, Paulo

2008

A taxonomic, phylogenetic
and developmental study on
the moss genus Taxithelium
Mitt. (Pylaisiadelphaceae)

Kellogg,
Magill

Instructor, University of Brasilia, Brazil

Carlsen, Monica

2011

Understanding the origin
and rapid diversification of
the genus Anthurium
Schott
 (Araceae),
intergrating molecular
phylogenetics, morphology,
and fossils 

Stevens, Croat

Missouri Botanical Garden

Carnevali, Germán

1996

Systematics, phylogeny, and
twig epiphytism in
Cryptocentrum(Orchidaceae)

Berry
Sork

Director, Herbarium Yucatan (Mexico)

Chanderbali, Andre

2001

Contributions to the
oronatec of Lauraceae. I.
Phylogeny and historical
biogeography of Lauraceae:
Evidence from the
chloroplast and nuclear
genomes and II. A
monograph of Endlicheria
(Lauraceae)

Renner 
van derWerff

Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Florida - Gainsville

Cohen, Alan

2007

The role of antioxidants in
the physiology, ecology, and
life histories of wild birds

Ricklefs

Assistant Professor, Dept of Family Medicine, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada 

Congdon, Elizabeth

2007

Natal dispersal and new
group formation in
capybaras (Hydrochoerus
hydrochaeris
) in a
seasonally flooded savanna
of Venezuela

Tang-Martinez

Instructor, Biology Department, Georgia Southern University

Cornelius, Cintia

2006

Genetic and demographic
consequences of human-
driven landscape changes on
bird populations: A case
study using Aphrastura
spinicauda 
(Furnariidae) in
the temperate rainforest of
South America

Blake

Faculty, Universidade do Amazonas, Manaus, Brazil

Durães, Renata

2008

Spatial and Temporal
Dynamics of Lekking
Behavior and Female Mate
Choice in the Blue-crowned
Manakin (Lepidothrix
oronate, AVES: Pipridae)

Loiselle

Post-doctoral Fellow, University of California Los Angeles

Dutra, Huberto

2011

Effects of the exotic shrub
Lonicera maackii on the
plant animal interactions in
the invaded habitat

Marquis

Teaching Faculty, Life University

Dwyer, Rodney

2002

Contemporary pollen
movement in shortleaf pine,
Pinus echinata Mill

Sork

Associate Professor, Virginia commonwealth

Ettling, Jeff

2013

Spatial ecology, genetic diversity and population structure of Armenian Vipers, Montivipera raddei, in two different landscapes

Parker

Curator of Herpetology & Aquatics, St. Louis Zoo

Escalona, Tibisay

2003

Maternal effects on
reproductive success in a
river turtle (Podocnemis
unifilis
) in southern
Venezuela

Loiselle

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Iowa State University

Fair, Jeanne

2000

The ecological and
physiological costs of
contaminants to birds:
Consequences for individuals
and populations

Ricklefs

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Environmental Science Group

Fallon, Sylvia

2003

Historical biogeography and
community ecology of avian
malaria in the Lesser
Antilles

Ricklefs

Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, D.C.

Feria, Teresa (Paty)

2007

Understanding the
geographic distribution of
species: An evaluation of
different methods for
modeling species
distributions and a test of
the niche characteristics
hypotheses

Loiselle

Assistant Professor, Biology, University of Texas-Pan American (2008)

Fernandez, Juan

2002

Genetic diversity and mating
system in a fragmented
population of the Andean oak Quercus humboldtii
Bonpl. (Fagaceae)

Sork

Laboratoire d’Ecologie, Systematique et Evolution, Universite Paris Sud

Fuentes-Soriano, Sara

2010

Phylogenetic Relationships
and Character Evolution in
Physarieae (Brassicaceae)

Kellogg
Al-Shehbaz

Missouri Botanical Garden

Goerck, Jaqueline

1999

Ecology, Evolution, and
biogeography of Drymophila
antbirds (Thamnophilidae,
Aves) in the Neotropics

Loiselle

Program Manager for BirdLife International, Brazil

Graham, Catherine

2000

Individual, species and
community level responses
of birds to forest
fragmentation in southern
Mexico

Blake

Associate Professor of Biology, SUNY Stony Brook

Guo, Liang

 

2011

Phospholipase D- and
Phosphatidic Acid-Mediated
Signaling in Plant Response
to Abscisic Acid and Reactive
Oxygen Species

Wang

Postdoctoral Fellow, UMSL

Hansen, Erpur

2003

Ecophysiological constraints
on energy provisioning rate
by diving seabird parents

Ricklefs

Director of Ecology Division, South Icelandic Nature Institute

Hernandez, Edgar Javier

2012

The effect of photoperiod on
regulation of key
components of the life cycle
in the bumble bee Bombus
impatiens L
. (Hymenoptera:
Apidae).

Hunt

 

Hochwender, Cris

1997

Defense and tolerance in
Asclepias syriaca L.
(Asclepiadaceae)

Marquis

Associate Professor, Biology Department, University of Evansville, Indiana

Holbrook, Kimberly

2006

Dissertation: Seed dispersal l
imitation in a Neotropical nutmeg, Virola flexuosa
(Myristicaceae): an
ecological and genetic
approach

Loiselle

AAAS fellowship

Hong, Yueyun

2007

Functional Characterization
of Phospholipase Da3 and e
in Arabidopsis thaliana

Wang

Professor, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China

Hong-Wa, Cynthia

2012

Diversification and
coexistence in the
Madagascar olive (Noronhia,
Oleaceae)

Stevens

 

Houshmandi, Sean

2005

The Role of Puf3 Protein
Interactions in the
Regulation of mRNA Decay
in Yeast Saccharomyces
cerevisiae

Olivas

Account Manager at STEMCELL Technologies St. Louis, MO

Huang, Shing-Fan

2002

Phylogeny and historical
biogeography of Acer

Ricklefs Raven

Department of Science Education, National Hsinchu Teachers College, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Huyvaert, Kate

2004

Social and genetic dynamics
of extra-pair mating in
Waved Albatrosses
(Phoebastria irrorata)

Parker

Assistant Professor, Colorado State University

Jimenéz, Ivan

2005

Understanding vertebrate
frugivores through foraging
theory: fruit-patch use, diet
composition and the
abundance of curassows
(Aves: Cracidae)

Blake

Assistant Curator, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis

Kenfack, David

2008

Systematics and evolution
of Carapa (Meliaceae-
Swietenioideae)

Stevens

Coordinator of African Program, Center for Tropical Forest Science, Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University

Khan, Bibi Rafeiza

2010

Elucidating matrix protein
import and b-oxidation
pathways in plant
peroxisomes

Zolman

Postdoctoral Fellow, Nobel Foundation, Ardmore OK

Kozlowski, Corrine

2010

Avian developmental
endocrinology:
The effects and role of yolk
hormones, sibling dynamics,
and life-history

Ricklefs

Endocrinologist, St. Louis Zoo

Kyllo, Damond

2001

The effects of light and a
common mycorrhizal
network on growth and
community structure of
understory shrubs, Piper
and Psychotria, in a
Neotropical forest

Marquis

Post Doctoral Visiting Scientist, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama

Lee, Danielle

2010

An investigation of
behavioral syndromes and
individual differences in
exploratory behavior of
prairie voles, Microtus
ochrogaster

Tang-Martinez

Urban Outreach Consultant, SCOPE, St Louis MO

Levin, Iris

2011

Host-Parasite Interactions in
Galapagos Seabirds

Parker

Visiting Assistant Professor, Grinnell College

Lill, John

1999

The influence of adjacent
trophic levels on life history
evolution in Psilocorsis
quercicella (Lepidoptera:
Oecophoridae)

Marquis

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, George Washington University

Loayza, Andrea

2009

Closing the seed dispersal
loop for Guettarda
viburnoides (Rub.):
Connecting patterns of
avian seed dispersal with
population growth in a
Neotropical savanna

Loiselle

Bat Conservation International

Lohmann, Lucia

2003

Phylogeny, classification,
morphological diversification
and biogeography of
Bignonieae (Bignoniaceae,
Lamiales)

Kellogg Stevens

Associate Professor, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Lopez-Leban, Florencia

2009

The Role of Puf3p and Puf4p
in the Regulation of mRNA
Decay in Yeast
Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Olivas

 

Lorea-Hernandez, Francisco

1996

A systematic revision of the
Neotropical species of
Cinnamomum Schaefer
(Lauraceae)

Van der Werff
Richardson

Institute of Ecology, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico

Magombo, Zacharia

2002

Systematic and
biogeographic studies of the
moss family Diphysciaceae
M. Fleisch. (Muscii)

Kellogg Magill

Manager, National Herbarium, Malawi

Maldonado-Coelho, Marcos

2010

Systematics and evolution
of neotropical fire-eye
antbirds (Thamnophilidae,
Aves): Integrating voice,
morphology and molecules

Blake/
Ricklefs

Postdoctoral Fellow, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Malizia, Lucio

2005

Diversity and distribution of
tree species in subtropical
Andean forests

Blake

Raptor Research Foundation

Martinez-Gomez, Juan

2007

The relationship of genetic
distance with pre- and
postmating isolation,
geographic overlap and
fitness in the estrildid
finches (Aves: Estrildidae)

Ricklefs

Faculty, Instituto de Ecologia, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico

Matson, Kevin

2006

Comparative immune
function in wild birds

Ricklefs

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Groningen University, The Netherlands

Miller, Melanie

2012

Analysis of the Condition-
Specific Regulation of Puf3p
Activity and Puf3p=Mediated
Regulation of mRNA
Translation in
Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Olivas

Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis

Nicastro, Peter

2004

 

 

Express Scrips

Nielsen, Charlotte

2004

Intraspecific nest parasitism
in wood ducks: Ecological
and evolutionary
perspectives

Parker

Waterfowl Research Scientist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Norris, Jeffrey

2011

Urban development in Costa
Rica: the direct and indirect
impacts on local and
regional avian assemblages

Bourne

Curator, Missouri Botanical Garden

Ortiz-Gentry, Rosa

2010

Phylogeny, classification,
and morphological
diversification in
Menispermaceae (moonseed
family)

Kellogg
Van de Werff

Curator, Missouri Botanical Garden

Paz y Miño, Guillermo

1998

Sibling recognition and
effects of odor cues in prairie voles, Microtus ochrogaster

Tang-Martinez

Professor, Worcester State College

Perez-Eman, Jorge

2002

Molecular Phylogenetics and
Biogeography of the genus
Myioborus (Aves: Parulinae)

Blake Ricklefs

Assistant Professor, National University, Caracas, Venezuela.

Perez-Salicrup, Diego

1998

Effects of liana cutting on
trees and tree seedlings in a
tropical forest in Bolivia

Sork

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard Forest, Harvard University

Peters, Carlotta

2009

 Functional Characterization
of Non-Specific
Phospholipase C (NPC) in
Arabidopsis thaliana

Wang

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Missouri – Columbia

Pisat, Nilambari

2009

 

MacDiarmid

Washington University Dept of Genetics

Preston, Jill

2007

Duplication, conservation
and diversification of MADS-
box transcription factors
involved in grass
inflorescence and floral
development

Kellogg

Assistant Professor, University of Vermont

Price, Michelle

2002

A systematic study of the
moss genus Holomitrium
Brid. (Dicranaceae, Musci). 
A study of taxonomy,
biogeography and phylogeny

Kellogg Magill

Curator, Cryptogamic Herbarium, Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève

Ramírez, Ivón

1996

Systematics, phylogeny,
and chromosome number
evolution of Cryptanthus
(Bromeliaceae)

Richardson

Associate Director, Herbarium Yucatan (Mexico)

Randrianasolo, Armand

1998

Systematics and evolution
of three Malagasy genera of Anacardiaceae: Micronychia
Oliv., Protorhus Engl. And
Rhus section Baronia
(Baker) H. Perrier

Miller

Associate Curator, Missouri Botanical Garden

Razafimandimbison, Sylvain

2000

Tribal delimitation of the
tribe Naucleeae (Rubiaceae):
Inference from molecular
and morphological data sets
and a revision of Breonia A.
Rich. (Naucleeae)

Richardson
Kellogg

Bergius Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden

Renjifo, Luis Miguel

1998

Effects of landscape matrix
on the composition and
conservation of forest bird
communities

Loiselle

Director, Conservation Biology Program, Humboldt Institute Colombia

Reynel, Carlos

1995

Systematics of Neotropical
Zanthoxylum (Rutaceae)
with an account on the
wood anatomy of the genus

Richardson

Professor in Forestry Conservation, National Agrarian University, Peru

Rivera-Parra, Jose Luis

2013

Galapagos seabirds' lice community: host species interactions and parasite evolution

Parker

Rodríguez-Ferraro, Adriana

2008

Community ecology and
phylogeography of bird
assemblages in arid zones of
northern Venezuela

Blake

 

Rougès, Mercedes

2004

Bird community dynamics
along an altitudinal gradient
in subtropical montane
forests

Blake

Research Associate and Education Coordinator, Laboratorio de Investigaciones Ecológicas de las Yungas, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina.

Rueda, Ricardo

1993

Systematics and evolution
of the genus Petrea
(Verbenaceae)

Gentry
Richardson

Vice-Chancellor, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua-León

Ryder, Brandt

2008

Understanding coordinated
display in a lek breeding
bird: function, maintenance
and fitness

Blake

Postdoctoral Fellow, National Zoo, Smithsonian Institution

Sari, Eloisa

2012

Colonization history and
origin of the Galapagos
flycatcher (Myiarchus
magnirostris
) and its
parasites.

Parker

 

Scherrer, Frederick

2008

 

Spingola

Monsanto Corporation

Servat, Grace

2006

The role of local and regional
factors in the foraging
ecology of birds associated
to Polylepis woodlands

Loiselle

Tropical Biology Instructor, Boston University and Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

Stowe, Kirk

1997

Experimental evolution of
resistance in Brassica rapa:
Correlated responses of life
history traits, tolerance and
realized defense to selection
for foliar glucosinolate
content

Marquis

Assistant Professor, Beacon College

Svensson-Coelho, Maria 2012 Community organization of avian malaria parasites in lowland Amazonia: prevalence, diversity, and specialization in a local assemblage Ricklefs Post-Doctoral Fellow, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Sweeney, Patrick

2007

Systematics and Floral
Evolution in the Plant Genus
Garcinia (Clusiaceae)

Kellogg
Stevens

Collections Manager, Yale University Herbarium, Peabody Museum of Natural History

Tori, Wendy

2008

Sexual selection in an
exploded lekking bird: the
White-crowned Manakin
(Pipra pipra)

Loiselle

Assistant Professor, Earlham College

Ulbricht, Randi

2008

Identification of new mRNA
targets of Puf protein-
mediated decay in yeast

Olivas

Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University

Ungerer, Justin

2010

Transcriptional regulation of
nitrogenase and
identification of a fructose
transport System in
Anabaena variabilis

Thiel

Postdoctoral Fellow, National Renewable Energy Lab

Valdespino, Carolina

1999

The reproductive system of
the fennec fox (Vulpes
zerda
)

Asa

Professor, Instituto de Ecologia, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico

Vicentini, Alberto

2007

Pagamea Aubl. (Rubiaceae),
from species to processes,
building the bridge

Stevens

Faculty, INPA, Manaus, Brazil

Villegas, Ana Cristina

1997

Intraspecific variation in
clonal growth and its
demographic consequences
for the tropical terrestrial bromeliad, Aechmea
magdalenae

Kelly

Program Officer for the Andes-Amazon Initiative, Moore Foundation

Wiener, Eric

2001

Tree regeneration in an
experimental tropical
secondary rain forest

Sork

Associate Professor, Environmental Science, Ramapo College, NJ

Whiteman, Noah

2006

Evolutionary epidemiology of
endemic Galápagos birds
and their parasites

Parker

Assistant Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona

Won, Hyosig

2004

Phylogenetic and
biogeographic study of
Gnetum (Gnetales)

Renner

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, Seoul National University, Korea

Zahalak, Marta

2002

 

Thiel

 

Zapata, Felipe

2010

Phylogenetics and
diversification of Escallonia
(Escalloniaceae)

Stevens

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California - Berkeley

Zhu, Guanghua

1995

Sytematics of Dracontium L.
(Araceae)

Croat
Grayum
Richardson

Deceased, Formerly Assistant Curator, Flora of China Project, Missouri Botanical Garden