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Phyletica

Exploring biodiversification.

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Interested in joining the Phyletica Lab?

If you are interested in becoming a phyletician as a postdoc, graduate student, or undergraduate researcher, please contact me.

Phyleticians:

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Jamie Oaks — Principal Investigator

Interested in developing phylogenetic methods and applying them to data from natural populations to test hypotheses about processes of diversification.

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Postdocs

Perry (JR) Wood, Jr. bio photo

Perry (JR) Wood, Jr. — Postdoctoral Researcher

JR is working on testing hypotheses about processes of diversification in Southeast Asian gekkonid lizards using novel methods for estimating patterns of shared divergences.

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Brian Folt bio photo

Brian Folt — Postdoctoral Researcher

Brian is a broadly trained ecologist and evolutionary biologist working with us on the comparative phylogeography of reptiles and amphibians across the Southeastern United States.

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Graduate Students

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Breanna Sipley — Ph.D. Student

Co-advisor: Ken Halanych

Interested in the genetic bases of symbiosis, co-phylogeny of parasites and their hosts, and the evolution of gene families associated with blood parasitism.

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Kerry Cobb bio photo

Kerry Cobb — Ph.D. Student

Interested in the phylogenetics, speciation genomics, and reproductive isolating mechanisms among Anaxyrus toads.

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Randy Klabacka bio photo

Randy Klabacka — Ph.D. Student

Co-advisor: Tonia Schwartz

I am fascinated by the coevolutionary relationship between mitochondrial and nuclear genomes. I am interested in the role sexual reproduction plays in maintaining a healthy mitonuclear marriage, and analyzing the effects of parthenogenesis on mitochondrial dysfunction using physiological methods within a phylogenetic context.

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Undergraduate Researchers

Charlotte Benedict bio photo

Charlotte Benedict — Undergraduate Researcher

Working on the phylogeography of reptiles and amphibians across the Southeastern United States.

Virginia White bio photo

Virginia White — Undergraduate Researcher

Working on the phylogeography of reptiles and amphibians across the Southeastern United States.

Ryan Cook bio photo

Ryan Cook — Undergraduate Researcher

Investigating trends in the morphological changes of Alabama salamander populations over the past 50 years.

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Miles Horne — Undergraduate Researcher

Studying the phylogenetics and phylogeography of Incilius toads.

Holden Smith bio photo

Holden Smith — Undergraduate Researcher

Working on husbandry, phylogenetics, and speciation of Anaxyrus toads.


Honorary Members

Amalie Eden bio photo

Amalie Eden — Boss

The mastermind.

Luna bio photo

Luna — Lab canid

Woof.


Former Lab Members

Aundrea Westfall — M.Sc. Student (2016–2018)

Currently: Ph.D. student at University of Texas, Arlington

Jesse Grismer — Postdoctoral Researcher (2016–2018)

Currently: Postdoc at UCLA

Nadia L'Bahy — Undergraduate Researcher (Summer REU) (2018)

Andrew DeSana — Undergraduate Researcher (Summer REU) (2018)

Kayla Wilson — Undergraduate Researcher (2018)

Eric Carbo — Undergraduate Researcher (2017–2018)