Lab Members

Students are an important part of any active research lab, and I have been fortunate enough to work with many graduate, undergraduate, and high school students. You can read a little bit about students currently working in my lab and their projects below.

Current Students

Kanvaly Bamba Kanvaly Bamba
PhD Student
Kanvaly is studying South American (caviomorph) rodents. Specifically, he is looking at variation in the dentition of modern chinchillids to better understand expected variation in fossil populations. He will then apply those principles to the study of extinct middle to late Miocene chinchillids to determine how many and which species are present. Kanvaly’s dissertation will also include a study of whether shape-based morphometric techniques can be used to identify teeth of chinchillids..
Angeline Angeline Catena
PhD Student
Angeline came to CWRU after earning a M.S. at Ohio U. studying modern lizard trackways and ancient soils (paleosols) and tracks (ichnofossils). For her PhD thesis, Angeline is applying her expertise to two sites in Bolivia: Cerdas and Quebrada Honda. She will use additional approaches to better understand the ancient environments and habitats of Quebrada Honda. Angeline’s study of Cerdas was published this year, and she presented preliminary results from Quebrada Honda at the 2016 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting.
BethC2 Beth Carroll
MS Student
Beth came to CWRU in the fall of 2014. Her undergraduate honors thesis reviewed studies of locomotion in extinct mammals, and her MS thesis focuses on limb structure and locomotion in Hemihegetotherium trilobus, an hegetothere notoungulate from Quebrada Honda, Bolivia. Beth has cleaned (prepared) and made casts of some well-preserved specimens of Hemihegetotherium  at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and presented a poster at the 2016 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting.
Russell Russell Engelman
MS Student
Russell has been working with me since he was a senior at West Geauga High School. He graduated from CWRU in 2015, and won the prestigious Michelson-Morley prize in Biology during his senior year. He is now a Master’s student at CWRU. Russell’s research focuses on extinct marsupials of South America, mainly paucituberculatans (extinct relatives of shrew-opossums) and sparassodonts (carnivorous marsupials). He has published three papers thus far, and a fourth is in press. Most of these have dealt with specimens from Quebrada Honda, Bolivia, but his thesis will also include several specimens from central Chile.
Catherine Taylor Cat Taylor
Undergraduate
Cat took my Mammal Diversity and Evolution course in the fall of 2013 and began an independent research project with me the following semester. She is describing a well-preserved lower jaw of an hegetothere notoungulate that my colleagues and I collected several years ago from a site in central Chile called Los Queñes. This site preserves fossils from at least two time intervals, and Cat’s fossil probably comes from the early Miocene, about 21 million years ago.

Past Students

  • Brian Barbieri, Undergraduate (2014-15)
  • Andy McGrath, Undergraduate (2012-15)
  • Joanna Sherman, High School Intern (Summer 2015)
  • Valentine Volk, MS Student (2014-15)
  • Cara Anderson, Undergraduate (2013-14)
  • Danielle Thornsberry, Undergraduate (2013-14)
  • Pat Guder, Undergraduate (2012, 2014)
  • Tara Kelloway, MS Student (2012-14)
  • Niki Perez, MS Student (2012-13)
  • Maeve Kolk, High School Intern (Summer 2013)
  • Katie Prybyla, High School Intern (Summer 2013)
  • Nicholas Drew, MS Student (2011-13)
  • Alix Prybyla, High School Intern (Summer 2012)
  • Stephanie Sang, Undergraduate (Summer 2010, 2012)
  • Melissa Sameh, Undergraduate (2010-11)
  • Andrew Franco, Undergraduate (2010-11)
  • Diane Moon, Undergraduate (2010-11)
  • Marie Brosovich, High School Intern (Summer 2010)
  • Jen Chick, MS Student (2007-10)
  • Tatiana Dolgushina, Undergraduate (2009-10)
  • David Parker, High School Intern (Summer 2009)
  • Kyle Niemi, Undergraduate (Spring 2009)
  • Leah Anderson, MS Student (2004-07)
  • Thomas Sheppard, Undergraduate (Spring 2007)
  • Deborah Rook, Undergraduate (Spring 2007)
  • Megan Burns, Undergraduate (Summer 2005)
  • Susan Grana, Undergraduate  (Summer 2005)
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