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Dr. Andrew Edelman (email)

Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Zoology and Physiology
University of Wyoming

I am an NSF Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Fellow in the McDonald Lab at the Dept. of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming. My past and present research has focused on the social behavior and ecology of mammals, birds, and arthropods. Currently, I am studying the temporal dynamics of cooperation in male social networks of long-tailed manakins (Chiroxiphia linearis), a unique tropical bird species in which males cooperatively display to attract females. (website)



Julie McIntyre

Dr. Julie McIntyre

Endangered Species Biologist
The University of New Mexico

I am interested in how community interactions and ecosystem processes provide key conditions that maintain or enhance species diversity.  In particular, I study plant–insect interactions, as I am fascinated by the roles insect pollinators play in ecosystems and am dedicated to the conservation of these important animals.  My research is focused on a rare butterfly, dwelling on a mountain island in southern New Mexico, the Sacramento Mountains checkerspot (Euphydryas anicia cloudcrofti).  To help preserve this specialist butterfly and its supporting habitat, I am investigating plant community relationships, abiotic habitat variables, and the spatial habitat configurations with which this species associates.  Knowledge from my research will be applied to the conservation of this endemic butterfly. (website)



Dr. Lisa Schwanz (email)

I completed my Ph.D. in Biology at the University of New Mexico in 2006. My dissertation research focused on condition-dependent maternal investment, largely in mammals. I examined, empirically and theoretically, how mothers alter their total investment in offspring and their division of resources between male and female offspring when their condition changes (e.g., when infected with a parasite).

Continuing my research on the evolution of reproductive strategies, I joined the Janzen Lab in 2006 to study temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD) in painted turtles (Chrysemys picta). As an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow advised by Drs. Fred Janzen, Steve Proulx (Iowa State University), and Stuart West (University of Edinburgh), I am investigating the relationship between the local environment and patterns of TSD in freshwater turtles. Visit my web page to find out more about my research. (website)




Dr. Daniella Swenton (email)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Biology
Clark University

I am broadly interested in the ecology and life-history evolution of fishes. I focus on how patterns in allocation are shaped by ecological trade-offs, particularly when contemporary environment differs from the historic, evolutionary environment. This is an increasing problem in smaller, aquatic environments (e.g., lakes, streams, ponds) that are subject to rapid change via anthropogenic inputs. Such evolutionary mismatch influences the stress-response system and can have a profound impact on female reproductive allocation and overall population dynamics such as recruitment. For my postdoctoral research I am using a variety of empirical approaches in the field and lab to characterize these life history patterns in threespine stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus, and use them as indicators of aquatic ecosystem change and function. (website)



Cynthia Tech, PhD  (email) 

I completed my PhD at UNM in 2006. My research focused on species isolating mechanisms of two pupfishes, C. variegatus and C. elegans. Currently I am teaching at Westlake Academy, Dallas, TX.

Selected Publications:

Tech, C. and A. Kodric-Brown.  Effects of visual preferences, mating system, and male-male competition on assortative mating between two pupfish species, Cyprinodon elegans and C. variegatus, and their hybrids. Anim. Behav. (in press).

Former Undergraduates



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