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

Name Date Thesis Advisor Current Position

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
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
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
Baiao, Patricia 2008 Mechanisms underlying
phenotypic variation in the
Red-Footed Booby (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
Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
Boege, Karina 2004 Ontogenetic variation in
plant resistance:
Consequences for plants,
herbivores and their natural
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)
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
Assistant Professor, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
Camara, Paulo 2008 A taxonomic, phylogenetic
and developmental study on
the moss genus Taxithelium
Mitt. (Pylaisiadelphaceae)
Instructor, University of Brasilia, Brazil
Carlsen, Monica 2011 Understanding the origin
and rapid diversification of
the genus Anthurium
intergrating molecular
phylogenetics, morphology,
and fossils 
Stevens, Croat Missouri Botanical Garden
Carnevali, Germán 1996 Systematics, phylogeny, and
twig epiphytism in
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
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
) 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
(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
) in southern
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
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
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)

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
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:
Hochwender, Cris 1997 Defense and tolerance in
Asclepias syriaca L.
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
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,
Houshmandi, Sean 2005 The Role of Puf3 Protein
Interactions in the
Regulation of mRNA Decay
in Yeast Saccharomyces
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-
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
Zolman Postdoctoral Fellow, Nobel Foundation, Ardmore OK
Kozlowski, Corrine 2010

Avian developmental
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
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:
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,
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
Lorea-Hernandez, Francisco 1996 A systematic revision of the
Neotropical species of
Cinnamomum Schaefer
Van der Werff
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
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
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
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
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
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)
Bergius Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden
Renjifo, Luis Miguel 1998 Effects of landscape matrix
on the composition and
conservation of forest bird
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

Rougès, Mercedes

2004 Bird community dynamics
along an altitudinal gradient
in subtropical montane
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
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
) and its
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
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)
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
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
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
Stevens Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California - Berkeley
Zhu, Guanghua 1995 Sytematics of Dracontium L.
Deceased, Formerly Assistant Curator, Flora of China Project, Missouri Botanical Garden