Featured Publications of EEOB Graduate Students

megan smith

Megan Smith (2015-2020)

EEOB Osburn Scholarship Awardee
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
OSU Distinguished University Fellowship
PhD Advisor: Bryan Carstens

Smith ML, Ruffley M, Espíndola A, Tank DC, Sullivan J, Carstens BC. 2017. Demographic model selection using random forests and the site frequency spectrum. Molecular Ecology 26:4562–4573. DOI: 10.1111/mec.14223

zac beresZachery T. Beres (2013 - 2018)

OSU Distinguished University Fellowship
EEOB Osburn Scholarship Awardee
PhD Advisor: Dr. Allison A. Snow
Beres, Z.T., X. Yang, L. Jin, W. Zhao, D.M. Mackey, and A.A. Snow. 2018. Over-expression of a native gene encoding 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS) may enhance fecundity in Arabidopsis thaliana in the absence of glyphosate. International Journal of Plant Sciences 179 (4): https://doi.org/10.1086/696701


Paul Blischak (2012–2018)

OSU Distinguished University Fellowship
PhD Advisor: Dr. Andrea D. Wolfe

Blischak, P. D., Kubatko, L. S., & Wolfe, A. D. 2017. SNP genotyping and parameter estimation in polyploids using low-coverage sequencing data. Bioinformatics DOI: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btx587.

ariadne moralesAriadna Morales (2013-2018)

EEOB Osburn Scholarship Awardee
PhD Advisor: Dr. Bryan Carstens
Morales, A.E., Jackson, N., Dewey, T., O’Meara, B.C., Carstens, B. C. 2017. Speciation with gene flow in North American Myotis bats. Systematic Biology. 66:440-452

greg wheeler

Gregory L. Wheeler (2014-2018)

Distinguished University Fellowship
PhD Advisor: Dr. Bryan Carstens 
Wheeler, G. L., & Carstens, B. C. (2018). Evaluating the adaptive evolutionary convergence of carnivorous plant taxa through functional genomics. PeerJ, 6, e4322.

alex fotis


Alex Fotis (2011-2017)

PhD Advisor: Peter Curtis
Fotis AT, Curtis PS. 2017. Effects of structural complexity on within-canopy light environments and leaf traits in a northern mixed deciduous forest. Tree Physiology 37: 1426–1435. DOI: 10.1093/treephys/tpw124

Jessie LantermanJessie Lanterman (2011-2017)

PhD Advisor: Dr. Karen Goodell


Lanterman J, Goodell K. 2018. Bumble bee colony growth and reproduction on reclaimed surface coal mines. Restoration Ecology 26(1):183-194




(photo credit: Kevin Fitzsimmons, OSU)
Rob Denton (2011-2017)

OSU Presidential Fellow
PhD Advisor: Dr. Lisle Gibbs

Denton, R. D., Kenyon, L. J., Greenwald, K. R., & Gibbs, H. L. 2014. Evolutionary basis of mitonuclear discordance between sister species of mole salamanders (Ambystoma sp.). Molecular Ecology 23:2811-2824.

(photo credit: Kevin Fitzsimmons, OSU)

Matthew Holding (2011-2017)holding

OSU Presidential Fellow
PhD Advisor: Dr. Lisle Gibbs

Holding, M. L., Biardi, J. E., & Gibbs, H. L. 2016. Coevolution of venom function and prey resistance in a rattlesnake predator and its squirrel prey. Proceedings of the Royal Society B DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2841

stephen murphyStephen Murphy (2012-2017)

OSU Presidential Fellow
EEOB Osburn Scholarship Awardee
PhD Advisor: Dr. Liza Comita (now at Yale University)

Murphy, S. J.Wiegand, T., & Comita, L.S. 2017. Distance-dependent seedling mortality and long-term spacing dynamics in a neotropical forest community. Ecology Letters 20:1469-1478

Murphy, S. J., Audino, L. D., Whitacre, J., Eck, J., Wenzel, J. W., Queenborough, S. A., & Comita, L. S.  2015.  Species associations structured by environment and land-use history promote beta-diversity in a temperate forest. Ecology 96: 705–715.


Benjamin Titus (2012-2017)

EEOB Osburn Scholarship Awardee
PhD Advisor: Dr. Meg Daly

Titus, B. M., Daly, M., & Exton, D. A. 2015. Do reef fish habituate to diver presence? Evidence from two reef sites with contrasting historical levels of SCUBA intensity in the Bay Islands, Honduras. PLOS ONE 10(3): e0119645.

Samuel Bolton (2009-2016)bolton

OSU Presidential Fellow
PhD Advisor: Dr. Hans Klompen

Bolton, S.J., Bauchan, G.R., Ochoa, R., & Klompen, H. 2015. A novel fluid-feeding mechanism for microbivory in the Acariformes (Arachnida: Acari). Arthropod Structure and Development 44: 313-325.

Alex Chen

Kuan-Yu (Alex) Chen (2010-2016)

PhD advisors: Stuart Ludsin and Elizabeth Marschall
Chen K-Y, Marschall E.A., Sovic M.G.,Fries A.C., Gibbs H.L., & Ludsin S.A. assignPOP: An R package for population assignment using genetic, non- genetic, or integrateddata in a machine- learning framework. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 2017;00:1–8. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.12897

Jennifer Hellmann (2011-2016)hellman

OSU Presidential Fellow
PhD Advisor: Dr. Ian Hamilton

Hellmann, J. K., Ligocki, I. Y., O’Connor, C. M., Reddon, A. R., Garvy, K. A., Marsh-Rollo, S. E., Gibbs, H. L., Balshine, S., & Hamilton, I. M.  2015. Reproductive sharing in relation to group and colony-level attributes in a cooperatively breeding fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20150954.

macranderJason Macrander (2010 - 2016)  

Outstanding Research Mentor Award - OSU (2015)
PhD Advisor: Meg Daly  

Macrander, J., Daly, M. 2016. Evolution of the cytolytic pore-forming proteins (Actinoporins) in sea anemones (Actiniaria). Toxins. 8: 368


Jordan Satler (2012-2016)

OSU Presidential Fellow
PhD Advisor: Dr. Bryan Carstens

Satler, J. D., & Carstens, B. C. 2016. Phylogeographic concordance factors quantify phylogeographic congruence among co-distributed species in the Sarracenia alata pitcher plant system. Evolution DOI: 10.1111/evo.12924