Lab Alumni

Alumni of the Lab

Post Docs

Beata Matysiokova
Assistant Professor, Lab of Ornithology, Palacky University, Czech Republic

Guin Wogan
Postdoc, UC Berkeley

Sean Rovito
Assistant Professor, Laboratorio Nacional de Genómica para la Biodiversidad (LANGEBIO), a unit of CINVESTAV in Irapuato, Mexico

Graeme Oatley
Postdoc, University of Otago, New Zealand

Hanneline Smit
Conservation Division Manager, Birdlife South Africa

Lauryn Benedict
Associate Professor, University of Northern Colorado

Jerome Fuchs
Curator of Birds, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris

Sophie von der Heyden
Senior Lecturer, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Ulf Johansson
Curator of Birds and Mammals, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm

PhD Students

Dana Lin (PhD 2018)
Genetic and phenotypic dynamics across a vole contact zone

Zac Hanna (PhD 2017)
Genomics of the Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis) and Barred Owl (Strix varia) in Western North America

Michael Holmes (PhD 2015)
Assistant Professor, Coastal Carolina University
“Morphological Adaptations in Crania of Four Species of Cricetid Rodent: Variation Through Time and Along Elevational Gradients”

Owen Davies (PhD 2015)
Environmental consultant
“Taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of cisticolas (Cisticola spp.)”

Andrew Rush (PhD 2014)
Lecturer, UC Berkeley
“Phylogeography of the “Western Flycatcher” Species Complex”

Beth Wommack (PhD 2014)
Curator of Vertebrates, University of Wyoming
“The Range and Use of Plumage Variation in the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)”

A-T. Elaine Vo (PhD 2014)
Lead Research Scientist, OpenBiome
“Determinants and Implications of Variation in the Avian Gut Microbiota”

Potiphar Kaliba (PhD 2014)
Director of the Museum of Malawi
“Faunal turnover between east and southern African terrestrial vertebrates: is Malawi the geographical break?”

Jay McEntee (PhD 2013)
Postdoc, University of Florida
“Social Selection, Song Evolution, and the Ecology of Parapatry in Sunbirds”

Tinashe Muteverie (PhD 2013)
Lecturer, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe
“Effect of Pleistocene climatic changes on the evolutionary history of South African intertidal gastropods”

Tshifhiwa Mandiwana-Neudani (PhD 2012)
Senior Lecturer, University of Limpopo, South Africa
“Systematics of African francolins and spurfowls”

Graeme Oatley (PhD 2011)
Postdoc, University of Otago, New Zealand
“Exploring species boundaries within the Cape White-eye Zosterops virens and Orange River White-eye Zosterops pallidus complex using organismal and molecular evidence”

Angela Ribeiro (PhD 2011)
Marie Curie Fellow, University of Copenhagen
“Unravelling temporal and spatial genetic patterns across three endemic southern African Cercotrichas Scrub-robins”

Prince Kaleme (PhD 2011)
Mammalogist, Lwiro Research Station, Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
“Habitat fragmentation, patterns of diversity and phylogeography of small mammal species in the Albertine rift”

Sampath Lokugalappatti (PhD 2011)
Senior Lecturer, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
“Climatic perturbations and speciation of southern and eastern African Bulbuls (family Pycnonotidae)”

Callan Cohen (PhD 2011)
Director of Birding Africa
“The phylogenetics, taxonomy and biogeography of African arid zone terrestrial birds: the bustards (Otididae), sandgrouse (Pteroclidae), coursers (Glareolidae) and Stone Partridge (Ptilopachus)”

Tshifhiwa Nangammbi (PhD 2010)
Lecturer (= Assistant Professor), University of Venda, South Africa
“Systematics of the Tricolia, Phasianella and Gabrielona complex (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Phasianellidae) in southern Africa”

Marta De Ponte Machado (PhD 2010)
Private Sector
“Population dynamics of Great White Pelicans in southern Africa: causative factors and influence on other seabirds”

Knud Jonsson (PhD 2010)
Marie Curie Fellow, Imperial College, London
“Determining biogeographic patterns of dispersal and diversification in the “Crown Corvida” in Australia and south east Asia”

Masters Students

CM Muller (M.Sc. 2010)

Lisa Nupen (M.Sc. 2007)