Brice Noonan

Isis Arantes PhD student
Ísis is interested in ecology and evolution of Brazilian Herpetofauna. The aim of her Ph.D. project is to reveal the evolutionary patterns that led the amphibian diversification in Cerrado (Neotropical Savanna), and to suggest priority areas for conservation based on phylogenetic diversity levels.

Renan Bosque PhD student
Renan likes snakes...and is writing up the rest of his bio right now....

Tim Colston PhD student (website)
Tim is interested in phylogeography/biogeography and conservation of reptiles and amphibians. He is particularly interested in the use of phylogenies to answer ecological and evolutionary questions. Tim employs a multi-disciplinary approach, using phylogeny and GIS-based methods to explore macro-evolutionary questions. For his thesis research Tim investigated the spatial and temporal components that have shaped South American reptile diversity using a widely-distribued species, Corallus hortulanus, to test several biogeographic hypotheses. In addition Tim conducted a molecular review of the genus Corallus using both ML and Bayesian approaches. In conjunction with continued investigation of biogeographic patterns of reptiles and amphibians in the Neotropics, Tim is exploring patterns of community assembly using molecular approaches. Tim will be spending most of the 2012-2013 academic year in Ethiopia on a Fulbright Fellowship.

JP Lawrence PhD student
JP is primarily interested in how ecology dictates the evolution of tropical species (particularly amphibians and reptiles). For his masters, he examined ecological factors driving population size in the Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio). For his dissertation, he will examine what mechanisms can drive and maintain the polymorphism seen in the Dyeing Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates tinctorius). He will take a multidisciplinary approach using ecology, phylogenetics, and behavioral studies to better elucidate how polymorphism can arise and be maintained in an aposematic vertebrate. His research should aid in understanding how novel aposematic forms can arise and persist in a population.

Diana Mullich PhD student
Diana is a candidate in the forest restoration ecology program, funded by the USDA. Her focus will be centered around the effects of prescribed burns, natural disturbance, and thinning practices on herptofauna diversity and abundance. Her interests center on the ecology of re-colonization of disturbed habitats relative to source/sink populations, hybridization events, habitat fragmentation, dispersal corridors, territoriality and agonistic behavior modification, prey availability and shifts in the foraging strategies, and potential correlations between ŇartificialÓ and natural sources of disturbance. She hopes that the results of this project may be used to optimize management protocols, which minimize adverse effects and promote healthy biogeochemical cycling and species diversity.

Stuart Nielsen PhD student
Stu is interested in the alpha-level systematics, biogeography/phylogeography and conservation of Gondwanan reptile and amphibian radiations. His work primarily revolves around the evolution and diversity of lizards, with a focus on Old World taxa. Stu spent 2011 in South Africa on a Fulbright Fellowship during which time he laid the foundation for an in depth investigation of the evolution of southern African biodiversity (of course with a focus on lizards). CV

Andrew Snyder PhD/MS (to be determined) student
Andrew is broadly interested in population genetics and phylogeography and is exploring project options that compliment his field program in Guyana.


Aaron Comeault M.Sc. 2010
Aaron's research focuses on the description of selective pressures acting on populations and the effect that these pressures have on the genetic structure or gene flow which exists between those populations.
Currently Aaron is pursuing his PhD in the lab of Patrik Nosil at the the University of Sheffield, UK.

Ken Sterling M.Sc. 2011
Ken examined the population structure of the Mississippi endemic Yazoo Darter throught it's native range. The first chapter of his thesis is currently in review at Conservation Genetics and the next two chapters will be submitted soon! Ken is currently a Ph.D. student at Utah State University in the lab of Karen Beard studying invasive bark beetles.

Nicole Davison M.Sc. 2011
Nicole's research focused on the distribution and speciation of an ant species in Madagascar. She is presently an instructor in the Biology Department at the University of Mississippi.

Drew Hataway Ph.D. 2011
Drew studied the population genetics of a dune inhabiting species of wolf spider endemic to the northern Gulf Coast, Arctosa sanctarosae. His research focused on the impacts of habitat fragmentation and the impact of this population structure on post-hurricane recovery. Drew is now an Assistant Professor at Samford University.

Jason Jackson M.Sc. student
Jason finished his MS at Ole Miss in 2012 and is now working on his PhD in the lab of Jeff Lozier at the University of Alabama.