Current Personnel

Piyumika S. Suriyampola
Piyumika is a postdoc working on our zebrafish project. She is interested in understanding how small changes in the physical environment induce major shifts in behavioral strategies. Piyumika integrates field and lab experiments (primarily on fish), and places her work in the context of anthropogenic climate change.
Cristina Romero Díaz
Cristina is a postdoc working on the behavioral ecology of Sceloporus lizards. She combines lab and field experiments to ask questions related to the evolution of intra- and interspecific communication and signaling. She is also using transcriptome data to explore the genetic basis of sensory integration of visual and chemical signals.
Dr. Julio A. Rivera Julio Rivera

Julio is a postdoc working on inferring evolution using phylogenetic comparative methods. He is using phylogenies, fossil, and climate data to reconstruct ancestral traits of complex phenotypes. He is also implementing and developing comparative methods to study the phenotypic evolution of Sceloporus lizards.

Jennifer Floresjennifer Jennifer is a Master student and Research Specialist in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is broadly interested in conservation and protection of wildlife. Currently, her work focuses on the habitat ecology and occupancy of Sceloporus species that inhabit the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt. Specifically, her goal is to identify which habitat characteristics predict their occupancy with the aim of providing pertinent information for land management and conservation efforts.
Melissa LópezMelissa Lopez Melissa is a technician, working on our zebrafish project.