Honors Advisors

EBIO Research ImageChoosing an Honors Advisor


Students should feel free to contact any of the faculty listed below and talk to them about possible Honors thesis work. However, please remember that some may already have filled available slots in their labs. Also, in some cases they may recommend that a student work most closely with one of their graduate or postdoctoral students. This is entirely appropriate and can be highly rewarding. In addition to the names listed below, writing instructors Margie Krest and Harrison Carpenter are available to assist with writing the honors thesis, although they cannot serve as faculty advisors for the project.

Faculty Research Area
Dr. William Adams Plant ecophysiology; photoprotection; photosynthesis; environmental stress
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Dr. Nichole Barger
Biogeochemistry, forest ecology, management & restoration of aridland ecosystems
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Dr. Deane Bowers
Insect and plant ecology, plant-insect interactions, and prey-predator interactions
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Dr. William Bowman
Plant ecology; alpine ecosystem science; plant-soil and plant-plant interactions. Summer projects conducted at our Mountain Research Station
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Dr. Michael Breed
Behavior and ecology of social insects (ants, bees, wasps)
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Dr. Sharon Collinge
Habitat loss & fragmentation; patterns of landscape change; restoration ecology
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Dr. Alex Cruz
Behavioral, ecological, and evolutionary studies of birds and fishes
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Dr. Kendi Davies
Community & population dynamics; invasion / extinction; grasslands; microcosms
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Dr. Barbara Demmig-Adams
Plant antioxidants; carotenoids; library projects on diet-gene interaction
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Dr. Pamela Diggle
Development, evolution, and ecology of plant reproductive systems
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Dr. Noah Fierer
Soil ecology, microbial ecology, role of microorganisms in terrestrial ecosystems
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Dr. Sam Flaxman
Predator-prey interactions, movement, and space use by animals
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Dr. Robert Guralnick
Evolution of invertebrates; morphology, genes, and biodiversity informatics
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Dr. Pieter Johnson
Invasive species & emerging diseases; aquatic ecology & evolution; conservation
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Dr. William Lewis
Aquatic ecology; water quality and aquatic organisms
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Dr. Patrick Kociolek
Freshwater Ecology; taxonomy, systematics and biogeography of diatoms
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Dr. Andrew Martin
Molecular genetics; phylogeography; conservation genetics (especially of fishes)
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Dr. Christy McCain
Community ecology; biodiversity & biogeography of vertebrates; montane conservation
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Dr. Valerie McKenzie
Parasitology, disease ecology, amphibians, wildlife conservation
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Dr. Daniel Medeiros
Genetic and developmental changes driving early vertebrate evolution
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Dr. Brett Melbourne
Ecological modeling, extinction, endangered and invasive species, conservation
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Dr. Jeffry Mitton
Evolutionary dynamics of mitochondrial and chloroplast DNA
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Dr. Rebecca Safran
Sexual selection, vertebrate social behavior, genetics & behavior of speciation, avian ecology
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Dr. Steve Schmidt
Microbial ecology; plant/microbe interactions; biogeochemistry; mycorrhizae
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Dr. Timothy Seastedt
Ecology of invasive plant species; environmental change in ecosystems
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Dr. David Stock
Developmental genetic mechanisms of the evolution of teeth in fishes
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Dr. Alan Townsend
Terrestrial ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry; global environmental change
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Dr. Carol Wessman
Landscape & regional ecology; disturbance; land-use/cover; remote sensing/GIS