Lab Alumni

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Derek Coss

Entering our lab after graduating from the University of Maryland for his undergrad, Derek brought with him experience working with bird song after having been in the Omland lab and later adapted this to the túngara system.

In our lab, his research relied heavily on the use of soundscape analyses and the perception of background "noise" in female túngara frogs.

He graduated from SU with his MSc in 2020 and is currently working as a herpetologist at a zoo.

His research can be found here.

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Tara Johnson

Tara entered our lab after taking Dr. Hunter's genetic course and aided the lab in literature searches and provided general support to our research endeavors through her knowledge in bioinformatics.

She graduated with her BSc in Biology in 2020.

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Rosalind Ludovici

Rosalind graduated from Virginia Wesleyan University in 2016 with a BSc in Biology. As an undergraduate, she completed and presented research projects in genetics and animal behavior. 

 

While in our lab, Rosalind's research focused on the use of our robofrogs in female perception of male signals.

 

Her research can be found here.

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Lor Dabaj

Lor moved to Delmarva from Syria in 2013. She worked in our lab for over a year and graduated with her BSc in Biology in 2019. She first joined the lab with an interest in genetics and later began collaborating with Derek Coss on his soundscape research.

 

She hopes to go dental school.

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Taylor Thomas

Taylor was a Biology major and accompanied our lab to Panamá in 2018 to assist in our field research.

 

She is very interested in organismal biology.

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Sara Nickoles

Sara was a Biology major with a Psychology minor and English minor.

She joined our lab after taking a genetics course with Dr. Hunter.

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Megan Murphy

Megan worked as a Post-Doc in our lab. She graduated with her BS in Biology and Psychology from Rockhurst University. She received her PhD in Biology from the University of Missouri.

Her research involved the evolution of call synchrony and of novel female preferences based on relative call timing. Her work was focused on primarily Neoconocephalus katydids, but is interested in expanding this work to frogs and multimodal signals. More about her past work can be found here.

Megan is now a lecturer in the department of Biology at Indiana University.

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Andrew Cronin

Andrew graduated with a BSc in Biology from Connecticut College and went on to work s an ornithology research technician at the University of Texas Austin before joining our lab. He graduated from our lab with his Master's in Applied Biology.

 

His research involved studying how and why female mate preference can change as well as how multimodal signals impact auditory grouping in the túngara frog. More about his past work can be found here.

Andrew is now a Ph.D student in Wouter Halfwerk's lab at Vrije University, Amsterdam.

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Georgina Quaye

Georgina worked with ddRAD sequencing of the túngara frogs. She graduated from our lab in with her BSc in Biology (Pre-Med) and a BSc in Medical Laboratory Science.

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Matt Murphy

Matt graduated from our lab in 2017.

 

His research involved studying how multimodal signaling affects a female frog's ability to perceive individual males during a lek mating. More about his past work can be found here.

 

Matt is now working on his PhD at the University of Arkansas studying visual communication in tropical butterflies.

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Kyle Davis

Kyle graduated from our lab in 2016 with his BSc in Biology.

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Annette Pennewell

Annette graduated from our lab in 2016 with her BSc in Biology.

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 Mark Garcia

Mark worked as a Post-Doc in our lab from 2014-2016.

 

His research involved studying the signal assessment of male green treefrogs (Hyla cinerea) to one another during a "duel". More about his past work can be found here.

 

Mark is now working on another Post-Doc at the University of Kentucky.

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Tyler Bowling

Tyler graduated from our lab in 2015.

 

Tyler is now working on his MSc at East Carolina University.

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Hakeem Bushera

Hakeem graduated from our lab in 2015 with his BSc in Biology.

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Whitney Handy

Whitney graduated from our lab in 2015 with her BSc in Biology.

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Laurie Adler

Laurie graduated from our lab in 2015 with a BSc in Biology.

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Caitlin Minton

Caitlin graduated from our lab in 2015 with her BSc in Biology.

She went on to work for the Americorps.

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Adam Dunn

Adam graduated from our lab in 2015 with his BSc in Biology.

 

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Kelsie Mitchell

Kelsie graduated from our lab in 2015 with her MSc in Applied Biology.

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Krispen Laird

Krispen graduated from our lab in 2015 with her MSc in Applied Biology. 

She now works at Salisbury University as a lecturer.

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Kyle Wilhite

Kyle graduated from our lab in 2014 with his MSc in Applied Biology.

 

Kyle is now a PhD student in Dr. Michael Ryan's at the University of Texas Austin where he has continued to study túngara frogs.