MEET THE LAB

ALISON M. BELL

Professor, Richard and margaret romano Professional Scholar,
University Scholar

Education and postdoc

BA History, Philosophy & Social Studies of Science &
      Medicine, 
University of Chicago
PhD Population Biology, University of California, Davis AAUW Postdoctoral fellow, University of California, Davis NSF Postdoctoral fellow, University of Glasgow

AFFILIATIONS at the university of Illinois

CURRENT MEMBERS

tina barbasch

Postdoc

My research combines theoretical, empirical, and molecular approaches to understand how and why parents provide costly parental care to their offspring. I am currently using sticklebacks, which exhibit natural variation among individuals and populations in parenting strategies, to investigate the mechanisms and evolution of how parents make decisions over care, courtship, and territory defense.
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Abbas Bukhari

Postdoc

My research is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of why animals behave differently from each other. We are using transcriptomics and bioinformatics approaches (e.g. RNA sequencing and microarray) to unveil the link between genes and behavior.

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Colby Behrens

Phd Candidate
Evolution, Ecology & Behavior

My research focuses on parental care and its underlying genetic mechanisms. To better understand the connection between genome and behavior I’m currently studying two stickleback populations that vary greatly in the level and type of care provided to their offspring.

Meghan MAcIEJewski

PHD Student
Evolution, Ecology and Behavior

My research is focused on two populations of stickleback (whites and commons) that differ dramatically in their levels of parental investment. I’m currently investigating the neural and hormonal mechanisms underlying these recently evolved differences in caregiving.  

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Kevin Neumann

Phd student, Program in Ecology, Evolution, and conservation

I am interested in the social and collective behavior of group-living organisms and how these behaviors can play a role in the response of populations to changing environmental conditions. I am currently working with a group of Alaskan lakes containing benthic and limnetic stickleback populations to determine if there is a relationship between social network structure and ecological niche. I am co-advised with Andy Suarez.

 

USAN DAN

PHD STUDENT, NEUROSCIENCE

I am broadly interested in the neural mechanisms behind social behaviour. My current research aims to use viral tools to elucidate how neuropeptides modulate both non-reproductive and reproductive social behaviours.
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FACUNDO FERNANDEZ-DUQUE

Phd student, Program in Ecology, Evolution, and conservation

Parental care has evolved repeatedly across taxa and is typically vital for offspring survival. Yet, in rare cases, parental behavior has been secondarily lost. My research is looking at how multifunctional molecules are associated with the active performance and evolutionary loss of parental care. I am co-advised with Mark Hauber.

Katie Julkowski

Lab manager

My role is to ensure the operations in the lab run smoothly and to work with the post-doctoral researchers and graduate students on their research projects. In the last year, I have focused on parental care as well as differences in the brain and body of two stickleback populations.

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LAB ALUMNI

Shala Hankison
Postdoc

Now: Associate Professor
Ohio Wesleyan University

Lauren Pintor
Postdoc

Now: Associate Professor
The Ohio State University

Kate Laskowski
PhD Student

Now: Assistant Professor
University of California – Davis

Brett Mommer
PhD Student

Next: Postdoc, Ghent University

Eric Giesing
Master's Student

Next: Educator
Kansas Wetlands Education Center

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Lauren Hostert
Undergrad | Lab Manager

Next: Master’s Student
The Ohio State University

Kelly Hogan
Undergrad

Next: Graduate Student
Clemson University

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Matt (Grobis) Sosna
Undergrad

Next: Graduate Student
Princeton University

Danny Roche
Undergrad

Next: Intern at STRI

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Dave Ernst
Undergrad | Lab Manager

Next: PhD Student
UNC Chapel Hill

Osee Sanogo
Postdoc

Now: CDC

Molly Kent
PhD Student | Postdoc

Now: Assistant Professor
Virginia Military Institute

Simon Pearish
PhD Student

Now: Associate Professor
Norwich University

Katie McGhee
Postdoc

Now: Associate Professor
Sewanee University

Ryan Paitz
Postdoc

Now: Assistant Professor
Illinois State University

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Laura Stein
PhD Student

Now: Assistant Professor
University of Oklahoma

Emma Murdoch
Lab Manager

Next: Graduate Student
University of Houston

Rebecca Halpin
Lab Manager

Next: Graduate Student
University of California – Davis

Rebecca Trapp
Undergrad | Lab Manager

Now: Graduate Student
Purdue University

Weiran (Rosie) Zhang
Lab Manager

Next: Vet Med Student

Chloe Monestier
Postdoc

Next: Postdoc
France

Erika Carlson
Undergrad | Lab Manager

Now: Postbac
NIDA

Miles Bensky
PhD Student | Postdoc

Now: Behavior Scientist at Nestle Purina, St Louis

Noelle James
PhD Student

Next: Lab Manager, UIUC

Jennifer Johnson
Postdoc

Now: Assistant Professor Dayton University

Jason Keagy
Postdoc

Now: Assistant Research Professor at Penn State