Lab Alumni

Some photos are from the times these students were in my lab (so, don't expect all of them to look the same today!)

Philip Shirk (PhD 2020, UF)

Phil's dissertation explored the responses to chameleons in the East Usumbara Mountains in Tanzania to climate change, building on his previous work on effects of forest fragmentation at the same sites (during his MS at VCU with James Vonesh).  His research focused on the thermal physiology of chameleons, long-term changes in the thermal micro-environment, and assessment of population densities (e.g., using distance-based N-mixture models).

[his google scholar page]

Anya Brown (PhD 2018, UGA)

Anya's dissertation research explored the interactions among algae, vermetids, and coral; and how these interactions were mediated by microbial dynamics. Anya also played a central role in our studies of vermetid dynamics and our documentation of the widespread die-off of vermetids in much of French Polynesia.  Anya is now a  Ewel Post-doctoral Fellow in Ecology and Environmental Science at the University of Florida (working with Julie Meyer and Tom Frazer).

[her webpage]

Lianne M. Allen-Jacobson (PhD 2018, UF; co-advised by Scott McKinley)

Lianne's dissertation explored the ecology and evolution of colonial organisms. She quantified coral growth via new polyp production (budding) and calcification along gradients of water depth and competitor density, and examined the implications with respect to coral morphology.  She also conducted comparative analyses across the tree of life to examine the scaling of metabolism to size in multicellular individuals, colonies, and aggregates of individuals, which challenge existing explanations of 3/4 scaling laws.  Lianne is currently a post-doc at USGS and a lecturer at UF.

[her webpage]

Paula Pappalardo (Post-doc 2015-2017)

Paula was a post-doc on our DOE project using meta-analysis to investigate soil C dynamics.  In addition to her skills in meta-analysis and data management, Paula has expertise in larval ecology and biogeography of marine invertebrates.

[her webpage]

Elizabeth Hamman (PhD 2017, UGA; co-advised by Scott McKinley)

Elizabeth started at UF, participated in our QSE3 IGERT program, and then moved with me to UGA.  For her dissertation, she worked on spatial patterns in coral reef systems, focusing primarily on snail-coral interactions, and on "settlement shadows".  She is now a post-doc at ECU in Mike McCoy's lab (and collaborating with James Vonesh and Ben Bolker) and working on rock pool community dynamics.

[her webpage]

Jing Jiao (PhD 2017, UF; co-advised by Sergei Pilyugin)

Jing conducted theoretical investigations into the effects of movement in marine ecosystems.  She was primarily interested in how movement altered the efficacy of marine protected areas and the response of herbivores to local eutrophication.  She is now a post-doc at University of Tennessee, working with Nina Fefferman (and was previously at MSU).

Mike Gil (PhD 2015, UF)

Mike conducted fieldwork for his dissertation in Moorea, but also worked (and taught) in Mexico. His research focused on the effects of nutrients, sedimentation, and fish on algae and coral dynamics; he also investigated the use of social information by foraging fishes (i.e., the "landscape of fear").  He went on to an NSF post-doc in 2016 at UC Davis (with Andy Sih and Marissa Baskett), and is now a post-doc with Andrew Hein at the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center in Santa Cruz.

[his webpage]

Nick Ruktanonchai (PhD 2014, UF)

Nick was a student with David Smith, but worked in our lab after Dave left UF.  Nick's work focused on spatial dynamics of mosquitoe-malaria dynamics.  He's now a post-doc at  University of Southampton. 

[Google Scholar / Research Gate]

Julie Zill (BS 2012, UF)

Julie was an awesome field assistant in our lab for a few years, working tirelessly in Moorea.  We kept her in the lab as long as we could, but she eventually left for UH (to do her graduate work with Megan Donahue; she also received an NSF predoctoral fellowship). 

[her webpage]

Adrian Stier (PhD 2012, UF)

Adrian's research examined predator-prey interactions and competition in reef fish.  He worked in Moorea and was a key contributor to our FACE program.  Adrian went on to a Kilham Post-doc at UBC, NCEAS/NOAA (NMFS' NW Science Center), and UW.  He joined the faculty at UC Santa Barbara in 2016. 

[his web page / Google Scholar / Research Gate]

Shane Geange (PhD 2010, Victoria University Wellington)

Shane did his PhD with Jeff Shima; Craig was his co-advisor.  He also worked with us on our NSF grant on cryptic density-dependence and did a Fulbright in the Osenberg lab.  His dissertation research investigated priority effects in reef fish.  He is now at the New Zealand Department of Conservation.

[Google Scholar]


Gaby Blohm (MS 2008, UF)

Gaby's thesis focused on the effects of temperature, nutrients and grazers on seagrass biomass, allocation, and disease.  For her MS, she was co-advised by Bob Holt; Gaby went on to a PhD with Jose Miguel Ponciano (UF, 2017) and is now a post-doc at UF, continuing her work on the Zika virus.

Joachim Claudet (Post-Doc 2006-07, EMPAFISH)

Joachim was a post-doc on EMPAFISH, and did a rotation among Craig's, Serge Planes' and Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi's labs.  Joachim is now with the CNRS.  He and Craig continue to collaborate, including co-teaching their course on Meta-analysis (along with Fio Micheli). 

[his webpage / Google Scholar / Research Gate]


Mike McCoy (PhD 2006, UF)

Mike's research examined the effects of phenotypic plasticity and size-structure on predator-prey interactions and amphibian dynamics. He went on to several post-docs (e.g., Boston University, and USF) and is now on faculty at East Carolina University.

[his webpage / Google Scholar]

Darlene Saindon (MS 2006, UF)

Darlene worked in Tom Frazer's lab (Craig was her co-advisor).  Her research examined nutrient limitation in King's Bay, Florida.  She is now a staff scientist at the Suwanee River Management District.


Becca Hale (PhD 2006, UF)

Becca worked with Colette St. Mary; Craig was her co-advisor; and she also received great mentoring from Joe Travis.  Becca's work focused on parental care in flagish.  She went on to a post-doc at FSU and is now on faculty at UNC Asheville. 

[her webpage]

Jacqueline Wilson (Farber) (MS 1998, UF; PhD 2004, UF)

Jackie's work focused on recruitment processes and post-settlement density-dependence in Gobiosoma.  Her work in St. Croix led to our description of cryptic density-dependence.  Jackie went on to a Knauss Fellowship and is now working for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA).

Ben Miner (PhD 2003, UF)

Ben was in Larry McEdward's lab at UF, but moved to mine and Colette St. Mary's labs after Larry died in 2001.  Ben's research focused on phenotypical plasticity and larval development.  He did a post-doc at UCDavis/Bodega Marine Lab and is now on faculty at Western Washington University. 

[his webpage / Google Scholar / Research Gate]

James Vonesh (PhD 2003, UF)

James' research focused on stage-structure, phenotypic plasticity, and multi-predator effects in amphibians.  He conducted fieldwork in Tanzania and was supported by an EPA STAR Fellowship.  James did a post-doc at WashU and is now a Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

[his webpage / Google Scholar / Research Gate]

Lock Rogers (Post-doc 2003-04, UF)

Lock was a post-doc on our NSF grant examining density-dependence in reef fish (based in Moorea).  Lock is now on faculty at Agnes Scott College. 

[his webpage]


Jennifer Hauxwell (Post-doc 2000-2002, UF)

Jennifer worked with me and Tom Frazer on our project (Southwest Florida Water Management District) examining the efficacy of macrophyte restoration in King's Bay.  She then went to Wisconsin DNR and is now the Associate Director of Wisconsin Sea Grant at UW-Madison.

[her webpage / google scholar]


Laurent Vigliola (Post-Doc 2000-02, UF)

Laurent was supported by our National Sea Grant project examining reef fish dynamics, density-dependence, settlement processes, and the response of fishes to habitat restoration.  He is now with IRD in New Caledonia. 

[his webpage / Google Scholar]


Casey Huckins (Post-Doc 1996-98, UF)

Casey was a post-doc on our NSF grant (with Gary Mittelbach) explored biogeographic patterns of sunfishes and effects of introduced species.  That project built upon Casey's dissertation work at KBS.  Casey is now a Professor at Michigan Tech University.

[his webpage / Google Scholar]


Ace Sarnelle (Post-doc 1996-97, NCEAS)

Ace was supported by NCEAS as part of our Meta-analysis working group.  He is now a professor at Michigan State University.

[his webpage]


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