Dr. Tyler Kartzinel (PI)
Peggy and Henry D. Sharpe, Jr. Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology
Institute at Brown for Environment & Society
Much of my research uses forensic lab tools and field experiments to answer questions about biology and conservation that were previously intractable. I aim to illuminate how species interact with each other - predation, herbivory, competition, pollination, symbioses - why these interactions matter for nature and people, and the ways that understanding interactions can help solve challenges involving global change and biomedicine.
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Anna Jackson, Lab Manager
Anna brings to the lab 10+ years of experience in molecular ecology and field research, lab management skills, an MSc in biology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and multiple tours as a member of the Peace Corps. We could not be luckier than to benefit from her leadership and scientific capabilities.
Eliza Atwood, 2023 UTRA Scholar, Honors student
I am interested in the applications of genomic technologies in informing sound conservation management decisions. I plan to utilize data from our recent field season in Yellowstone National Park for a senior thesis that investigates the resolution and sensitivity of current molecular-based diet analysis. In the future, I hope to contribute to wildlife preservation efforts by studying the longevity and robustness of food webs in diverse ecosystems.
Mary Burak, Fullbright Research Fellow (Kenya); Voss Postdoctoral Fellow
I am interested in understanding how wildlife persist in multi-use landscapes. My research uses spatial and molecular ecology to explore how humans impact wildlife, as well as how conservation interventions can mitigate such impacts. My goal is to broaden the scope of data that is used to design, and support, human-wildlife coexistence landscapes. Most of my work is focused in East Africa.
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Madeleine Florida, 2022 UTRA Scholar, 2023 Caleel Fellow, Honors student
My interests include molecular ecology and its applications in conservation biology. In the future, I hope to work in the field of conservation medicine as a research veterinarian. In the lab, I have assisted in the study of plant-herbivore interactions in Yellowstone National Park and now I am leading an Honors thesis focusing on the health and nutrition of sloths at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica.
Eli Grossman, 2023 UTRA Scholar, Honors student
My current project in the Kartzinel lab focuses on how migration and habitat affect diet-microbiome linkages in Yellowstone National Park’s elk. In the future, I hope to continue exploring how microbial community assembly and responses to disturbance affect how energy and nutrients flow within ecosystems.
Hannah Hoff, Ph.D. student
I am interested in combining molecular tools and field experiments to increase the specificity of our understanding of community interactions. Specifically, I will use data on diet specialization, plant diversity, migratory behavior, and plant-herbivore feedbacks to explore food web relationships in Yellowstone National Park.
Bethan Littleford-Colquhoun, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate, HHMI-Sheridan Course-based Research Experience Instructor
I combine the interdisciplinary fields of evolutionary ecology, molecular ecology, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), and bioinformatics to better understand how environmental change impacts species’ traits, diet-microbiome linkages, and host health and fitness. Ultimately, my research aims to broaden the approaches traditionally used when designing conservation strategies.
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Peter Lokeny, Mpala Research Assistant
Peter has over 10 years of research experience at Mpala, and his expertise is crucial to the success of project BASEPAIR in Kenya. Seen here (right) on an expedition to Naivasha, Peter is describing our methods for vegetation surveys and DNA barcoding to a KWS (Kenya Wildlife Services) official.
Diandra Polt, 2023 UTRA Scholar
I am interested in why and how some alpine plant species are adapting to climate change and how the food plants available to animals have changed as a result. I am also passionate about increasing access to outdoor spaces, particularly through accessible language and the Brown Outing Club. In the future, I hope to engage citizen scientists from communities of seasonal concessionaire workers as well as avid hunters and anglers in research.
Ezequiel Vanderhoeven, D.V.M., Ph.D., Argentina National Scientific and Technological Research Council International Postdoctoral Fellow
My field of interest is disease ecology at the interface of wildlife and domestic species. I work on identifying diseases (viral, bacterial, and parasitic) circulating in diverse mammals to understand the social and ecological conditions that could lead to spillover infections that harm humans and livestock.
Logan Torres, Brown Presidential Scholars Program Undergraduate Researcher
My research interests include using environmental biology to gain knowledge on how to take care of certain species and biomes from suffering due to human impact and other external factors. I am currently helping on the DNA barcode library database project.
Elin Videvall, Ph.D., Swedish Research Council International Postdoctoral Fellow
I am interested in understanding how animals and microbes interact and coevolve. My research explores microbiomes and pathogens of wildlife. Some of my research questions evaluate how microbial communities are assembled, how they develop over time, and how they influence their hosts.
Amanda Lyons '21 MSc, '20 B.S. Honors, 2019 Voss Undergraduate Research Fellow
Updates: Research and Conservation Coordinator at The Wetlands Institute in New Jersey, studying and conserving diamondback terrapins.
Lindsay McCulloch '21 Ph.D.
Updates: 2021 NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University. Lindsay is an honorary lab member who joined us from the Porder Lab and whose work focuses on understanding how plants and their soil microbial symbionts influence the biogeochemistry of ecosystems. GoogleScholar / Twitter