People

Kathleen Donohue
Professor

Office:  Biological Sciences 226
Duke faculty bio
email:  k.donohue@duke.edu

 

 

 

 

Mariano Alvarez
Postdoctoral Research Associate
email:  mariano.alvarez@duke.edu
webpage: here

I’m interested in understanding the genetic basis of phenotypic plasticity and adaptation, and I’m exploring these processes by integrating genomics, transcriptomics, and epigenomics to identify the loci and networks that underlie environmentally-labile phenotypes..

 

 

Lindsay Leverett
Ph.D. Candidate, Ecology
webpage:  Visit me!!
email:  ldl11@duke.edu

My dissertation research focuses on the roles of phenology and ontogeny in plant-plant interactions, and the potential long-term ecological and evolutionary consequences of these interactions. In addition to my dissertation research I am committed to working closely with undergraduate researchers and local science educators to aid in the accessibility and advancement of ecological research.

 

Michelle D’Aguillo
Ph.D. Student, Biology

email:  michelle.d.aguillo@duke.edu

I’m interested in ontogenetic niche shifts: how do the environments experienced by an organism, and forces of selection, vary across the lifecycle? For my dissertation I plan to investigate how natural selection during early life history stages in particular (e.g., seeds, seedlings) alters ecological and evolutionary processes, including the ability to colonize new habitats, and the limits of ecological and geographic ranges. I plan to study this topic across multiple scales—from a small scale, comparing the ecological niche of populations within a single species, to a very broad scale, through a comparative phylogenetic approach using multiple clades of seed plants. In my former marine biologist life, I studied an ontogenetic diet shift in an estuarine fish. I’m also very interested in natural history of the southeast.

 

Britany IMG_2790Morgan
Ph.D.
Student, Ecology

email:  blm42@duke.edu

My background is a blend of plant ecology, molecular biology, and community ecology. My goal is to use all of these areas to find answers for conservation and restoration efforts that will result in the most robust outcomes. I am interested  generally in the effect of environmental cues on genetic expression and community ecology. My tentative ideas for exploration include looking at the effect of climate change on genetic expression and how those responses impact interspecies interactions like competition, pollination, or dispersal.

Brandie Quarles
Ph.D. Student, Ecology
email: brandie.quarles@duke.edu

I am interested in how increasingly severe environmental stressors will affect plant physiology, reproduction, and survival. In the past, I have done some work with self-incompatibility, polyploidy, plant aging, and demography. I hope to combine demographic, phenological, and genetic approaches to understand how tradeoffs between survival and reproduction affect the maintenance of genetic variation and populations’ and species’ response to climate change. 

Xuejing Wang
Visiting Scholar from China

email: wang.xuejing@duke.edu

My research interests are the role of seed morphology in seed germination, soil seed banks and dispersal, and the pleiotropism in plant life history. I have built a database of species to explore the affects of seed morphology in the germination traits, whether the morphology can predict the structure of soil seed banks and what role the seed morphology in plays in dispersal models. I am also interested in FLC, whether influence the relationship between the genes of autonomous pathway and germination on temperature is also my research subject.

Andrew Bleich Lab technician
email:  andrew.bleich@duke.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Undergraduate Team:

Jim Liu

Nicholas Cheung

Matthew Sima

Cindy Li

Emily Thayer

Rafiq Majolagbe

Matthew Gallardo

Kara Madey

Michael Wen


Lab alumni

Postdoctoral Associates
Gabriela Auge: Senior Researcher, Leloir Institute, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Catherine Martel: Postoctoral Research Associate London, Ontario, Canada
Rafael Rubio de Casas: Postdoctoral Research Associate Grenada, Spain
Deepak Barua: Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science and Education Research
Converse Griffith: US Forest Service
Jocelyn Hall : Associate Professor, University of Alberta
Shane Heschel: Associate Professor, Colorado College
Chandra Polisetty: USDA
Graduate Students
Liana T. Burghardt, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Charlie WillisPost-Doctoral Research Associate, Harvard University
Lauren RuaneAssistant Professor Christopher Newport University
George Chiang: Post-Doctoral Research Associate UCLA
Lab Managers
Katie KovachInstructor/Counselor, Schoolhouse of Wonder, Durham, NC
Bri Edwards: Lab manager, NC State University, Raleigh, NC
Technicians
Logan K. Blair: Graduate Student, University of California at Davis
Elizabeth Boyd: Graduate Student, University of Illinois, Chicago Circle
Colleen Butler: Graduate Student, Tufts University
Emily Dittmar: Graduate Student, Michigan State University
Tracy Tisdale: Technician, Broad Institute
Andrew Wheeler: Graduate student, Claremont Graduate University, Rancho Santa Ana
Visiting Researchers
Zhiqiong Zhou: Visiting Scholar
Toshiyuki Imaizumi: Visiting Scholar, email:  toshiyuki.imaizumi@duke.edu
Xiaowen Hu: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Paulo Souza-Filho: Graduate student/Fulbright Scholar
Chunhui Zhang: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Undergraduates
Lucy Houttujin Blomendaal
Aleena Karediya
Katherine Vayda
George Schieder IV
Eden Ashebir
Dan Moore
Emily Woska
Mae Lewis
Stella Arndorfer
Jennifer Zou
Hannah Neville
Gopi Neppala
Becky Li
Charlotte Harrington
Shengnan Xu
Tommy Meister
Michael Murphy
Corley Gibbs
Paul Griggs
Naomi Wender
Shaun Takao
Jessica Selby
Dunbar Carpenter
Tim Wang
Joe Provenzano
Mercedes Zapata-Garcia
Anamika Saha
Nick Jerles
Eli Hornstein

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