Current Students

Below is a list of graduate students who are actively enrolled in the Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior program.

EEB Ph.D. Students

  • Madeline Aberg, Biological Sciences, studio portrait by Priscilla Grover

    Madeline Aberg

    Madeline is advised by Jay Carlisle with Biological Sciences and the Intermountain Bird Observatory. Her research focuses on the social and ecological dynamics of recreational shooting on public lands.

    Madeline is advised by Jay Carlisle with Biological Sciences and the Intermountain Bird Observatory. Her research focuses on the social and ecological dynamics of recreational shooting on public lands.

  • Cara Applestein, Biological Sciences, studio portrait by Priscilla Grover

    Cara Applestein

    Cara is advised by Trevor Caughlin in Biological Sciences.

    Cara is advised by Trevor Caughlin in Biological Sciences.

  • Cristina Barber, Biology, studio portrait, photo by Priscilla Grover

    Cristina Barber Alvarez-Buylla

    Cristina is advised by Trevor Caughlin in Biological Sciences.

    Cristina is advised by Trevor Caughlin in Biological Sciences.

  • Clara Buchholtz, Biological Sciences, studio portrait by Priscilla Grover

    Clara Buchholtz

    Clara is advised by  Jennifer Forbey in Biological Sciences.

    Clara is advised by  Jennifer Forbey in Biological Sciences.

  • Tara Easter, Biological Sciences, studio portrait by Priscilla Grover

    Tara Easter

    Tara is advised by Neil Carter in Human-Environment Systems.

    Tara is advised by Neil Carter in Human-Environment Systems.

  • Paige Ellestad, Biological Sciences, studio portrait by Priscilla Grover

    Paige Ellestad

    Paige is advised by Sven Buerki in Biological Sciences.

    Paige is advised by Sven Buerki in Biological Sciences.

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    Dylan Gomes

    Dylan is advised by Dr. Jesse Barber in the department of Biological Sciences. Dylan’s research focuses on linking predator-prey communities within a landscape-scale noise playback experiment. This research seeks to understand how animal communities respond to natural noise stimuli.

    Check out Dylan’s Academic Life Podcast where he interviews academics, and asks them about their work-life balance.

    Dylan is advised by Dr. Jesse Barber in the department of Biological Sciences. Dylan’s research focuses on linking predator-prey communities within a landscape-scale noise playback experiment. This research seeks to understand how animal communities respond to natural noise stimuli.

    Check out Dylan’s Academic Life Podcast where he interviews academics, and asks them about their work-life balance.

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    Sarah Halperin

    Arriving Fall 2019

    Sarah is advised by Jodi Brandt in Human-Environment Systems.

    Sarah is advised by Jodi Brandt in Human-Environment Systems.

  • Cara Hastings, Biological Sciences, studio portrait by Priscilla Grover

    Cara Hastings

    Cara is advised by Jim Smith in Biological Sciences.

    Cara is advised by Jim Smith in Biological Sciences.

  • Lauren Hunt, Biological Sciences, studio portrait by Priscilla Grover

    Lauren Hunt

    Lauren is advised by Dr. Vicken Hillis in the Human-Environment Systems department. Her research focuses on perceptual barriers to climate change adaptation among ranchers in the western US. Through this research, she investigates how social systems shift in the context of climate change and how individuals and the environment intersect.

    Lauren is advised by Dr. Vicken Hillis in the Human-Environment Systems department. Her research focuses on perceptual barriers to climate change adaptation among ranchers in the western US. Through this research, she investigates how social systems shift in the context of climate change and how individuals and the environment intersect.

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    Louis Jochems

    Louis is advised by Dr. Jodi Brandt in Human-Environment Systems.

    Louis is advised by Dr. Jodi Brandt in Human-Environment Systems.

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    Alex Killion

    Alex is advised by Dr. Neil Carter in the department of Human-Environment Systems. Alex is interested in how humans make decisions when confronted with conflict with large carnivores, and how those decisions affect wildlife conservation. Alex strives to better understand feedbacks in human-environment systems, such as how actors are influenced by policy and in return how actors are able to shape policy. His work focuses on quantifying such relationships and integrating social information with fine-scale spatiotemporal wildlife data to identify the mechanisms driving human-wildlife conflict.

    Alex is advised by Dr. Neil Carter in the department of Human-Environment Systems. Alex is interested in how humans make decisions when confronted with conflict with large carnivores, and how those decisions affect wildlife conservation. Alex strives to better understand feedbacks in human-environment systems, such as how actors are influenced by policy and in return how actors are able to shape policy. His work focuses on quantifying such relationships and integrating social information with fine-scale spatiotemporal wildlife data to identify the mechanisms driving human-wildlife conflict.

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    Nicholas Kolarik

    Arriving Fall 2019

    Nicholas is advised by Jodi Brandt in Human-Environment Systems.

    Nicholas is advised by Jodi Brandt in Human-Environment Systems.

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    Molly Levy

    Arriving Fall 2019

    Molly is advised by Vicken Hillis in Human-Environment Systems.

    Molly is advised by Vicken Hillis in Human-Environment Systems.

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    Carlos Linares Garcia

    Arriving Fall 2019

    Carlos is advised by Jesse Barber in Biological Sciences.

    Carlos is advised by Jesse Barber in Biological Sciences.

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    Karl Mertens

    Karl is advised by Dr. John Ziker in Anthropology. Karl’s research focuses on decision making and sustainability in a protected forest.

    Karl is advised by Dr. John Ziker in Anthropology. Karl’s research focuses on decision making and sustainability in a protected forest.

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    Haley Netherton

    Arriving Fall 2019

    Haley is advised by Kelly Hopping in Human-Environment Sytems.

    Haley is advised by Kelly Hopping in Human-Environment Sytems.

  • Juliette Rubin, Biology, studio portrait by Priscilla Grover

    Juliette Rubin

    Juliette is advised by Dr. Jesse Barber in Biological Sciences. Her research focuses on answering research questions through the lenses of sensory ecology, behavioral ecology, and predator-prey interactions.

    Juliette is advised by Dr. Jesse Barber in Biological Sciences. Her research focuses on answering research questions through the lenses of sensory ecology, behavioral ecology, and predator-prey interactions.

  • Luci Wilson, Biological Sciences, studio portrait by Priscilla Grover

    Luci Wilson

    Luci is advised by Dr. Marie-Anne de Graaff in Biological Sciences.

    Luci is advised by Dr. Marie-Anne de Graaff in Biological Sciences.

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    Jason Winiarski

    Jay is advised by Dr. Julie Heath in Biological Sciences. His research project focuses on environmental drivers of timing of annual cycles of migratory birds.

    Jay is advised by Dr. Julie Heath in Biological Sciences. His research project focuses on environmental drivers of timing of annual cycles of migratory birds.

  • Andrii Zaiats, Biology, studio portrait, photo by Priscilla Grover

    Andrii Zaiats

    Arriving Fall 2019

    Andrii is advised by Trevor Caughlin in Biological Sciences.

    Andrii is advised by Trevor Caughlin in Biological Sciences.