I am intrigued by the different factors that facilitate the rapid diversification of species. For several years I have been studying how the geological history of an island, inter-island colonization, and hybridization affect the diversification process of insular taxa. I have been studying this in genus Micromeria (Lamiaceae) in the Canary Islands using morphometric analyses, single nuclear markers, microsatellites, and RADseq. My taxonomical research has been mostly focused on the Andean genus Calceolaria (Calceolariaceae), on its distribution and species limits. More recently, I am exploring the applications of metabarcoding to study plant-pollinator interactions.
Moses is from Parkersburg, West Virginia. He completed his Bachelors in Environmental Science from Marshall University in 2019. Since then he has been roaming through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, catching frogs in wetlands, and living out of a truck in the Northwest. He is a MS student in the lab, and his research interests are pollinator/plant ecology and the way fire interacts with ecosystems. In his spare time, he likes baking, carving spoons, birding, mushroom foraging, trail running, backpacking, and skiing.
Abagail is from Fort Gay, West Virginia. She completed her Bachelors in Clinical Exercise Physiology with an emphasis on pre-med at Marshall in Summer 2022. Abagail joined the lab as an undergrad in Spring 2021, and is currently a MA student in the lab. Her plans for the future consist of getting into PA school. In her free time she loves to enjoy the outdoors, volunteering at local hospitals, and listening to music.
Mary is from Winfield, West Virginia. In 2020, Mary graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelors in Environmental Science. During her undergraduate, she competed on Marshall Women’s Track and Field and Cross-Country teams while serving as an active participant in the SCUBA Club and volunteering for graduate student research projects on fish, mussels, amphibians, and mudpuppies. During the summers, she worked as a field technician for an environmental consulting company conducting surveys for regulatory compliance of Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (1972). Currently, she is an MA student in the lab focusing on pollinators and plant communities.
Rebecca Foy is from Aurora, West Virginia, and earned a degree in Biological Sciences from Marshall University in 2022. She was an undergraduate in the lab from summer 2021 until her graduation in Spring 2022. After graduating, she spent a year exploring careers in research and conservation. She battled invasive plants, performed biological surveys, and led environmental education at Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, then waded through mudflats studying marine worms in Acadia National Park. She has returned to Marshall to study native bees and pursue her love of learning. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, poetry, making art, and spending time with family.
Erica is from Wheeling, West Virginia. She is a second-year student majoring in Biological Sciences while minoring in GIS. In the future, she would like to work as a field biologist. In her spare time, Erica enjoys hiking, reading, sewing, and baking. Erica is part of the First 2 Network and joined the lab in Fall 2022. She is helping with transcription of the Marshall University Herbarium and doing DNA extractions from different insects in the lab.
Clara is from Charleston, West Virginia. She is a second-year student majoring in biology with a minor in professional writing. She plans to pursue work as a field biologist. When she has free time, she likes to write, and spend time with her family. Clara joined the lab in Spring 2023 and is currently a student-worker at the Marshall University Herbarium.
Anthony is from Summersville, West Virginia. He is a second-year Environmental Science student. Anthony hopes to use his education to restore and protect West Virginia’s rivers. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, hiking, playing music, and has recently began painting. Anthony joined the lab in Fall 2023 helping to digitize and transcribe the Mycological specimens in the Marshall University Herbarium.
Zachary (Zach) Shamblin, MS in Biological Sciences 2022. Present: Herbarium Curatorial Assistant, Claude E. Phillips Herbarium, Delaware State University.
Madeline (Maddy) Thompson, MA in Biological Sciences 2022. Present: Clinical Research Coordinator at Minnesota Clinical Study Center, Blaine, MN.
Addison Bounds, major in Biological Sciences. Addison helped with transcription of the Marshall University Herbarium during the Spring 2023.
Hamza Jafary, BS in Biological Sciences 2023. Present: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg. Hamza was an undergraduate in the lab from Spring 2021 until his graduation in Spring 2023.
Jacob Webb, BS in Biological Sciences 2023. Present: Forestry Technician, Forest Service, Pedro, OH. Jacob was an undergraduate in the lab from Summer 2022 until his graduation in Spring 2023.
John Mamas, Environmental Science, Chatham University, PA. John was an undergrad working in the lab during Summer 2022 as part of the Consortium for Plant Invasion Genomics (CPING) REU.
Rachael Caudill, BS in Biological Sciences 2023. Rachael was an undergrad in the lab from Spring 2021 to Spring 2022.
Payton Stamper, BS in Biological Sciences 2023. Payton worked in the lab during Fall 2021 as a Creative Discovery Awardee.