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

Mariana B Marina Blanco
Mariana is describing new remains of proterotheriid litopterns that were recently collected at the middle Miocene site of La Venta, Colombia.
Troy Bowers Troy Bowers
Troy is comparing the ecological structure of the terrestrial carnivore guild at two Miocene sites in South America. These guilds include marsupials (sparassodonts), terror birds, and crocodilians.
Jeb B Jeb Bugos
Jeb is describing a specimen of the Triassic theropod Coelophysis from the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
Russell E Russell Engelman
PhD Student
Russell has been working with me since he was a senior at West Geauga High School. He earned his BS from CWRU in 2015 and received the prestigious Michelson-Morley prize in Biology. He earned his MS in 2018 with a thesis that resulted in three papers on extinct marsupials of South America: one on paucituberculatans (extinct relatives of shrew-opossums) from Quebrada Honda, Bolivia, and two on sparassodonts (carnivorous marsupials) from central Chile. He has published several other papers on carnivorous marsupials, but his PhD dissertation (details TBD) will likely focus on plant-eating mammals of South America and Africa.

Past Students (alphabetical order)

  • Ellen Adams, Undergraduate (Summer 2018)
  • Cara Anderson, Undergraduate (2013-14)
  • Leah Anderson, MS Student (2004-07)
  • Kanvaly Bamba, PhD Student (2010-19)
  • Brian Barbieri, Undergraduate (2014-15)
  • Marie Brosovich, High School Intern (Summer 2010)
  • Megan Burns, Undergraduate (Summer 2005)
  • Beth Carroll, MS Student (2004-07)
  • Angeline Catena, PhD Student (2013-18)
  • Jen Chick, MS Student (2007-10)
  • Tatiana Dolgushina, Undergraduate (2009-10)
  • Nicholas Drew, MS Student (2011-13)
  • Russell Engelman, MS Student (2015-18)
  • Andrew Franco, Undergraduate (2010-11)
  • Susan Grana, Undergraduate  (Summer 2005)
  • Pat Guder, Undergraduate (2012, 2014)
  • Aaron Holland, Undergraduate (2019-20)
  • Tara Kelloway, MS Student (2012-14)
  • Maeve Kolk, High School Intern (Summer 2013)
  • Smruthi Maganti, Undergraduate (2017-19)
  • Andy McGrath, Undergraduate (2012-15)
  • Diane Moon, Undergraduate (2010-11)
  • Maria Murphy, High School Intern (Summer 2017)
  • Kyle Niemi, Undergraduate (Spring 2009)
  • David Parker, High School Intern (Summer 2009)
  • Niki Perez, MS Student (2012-13)
  • Alix Prybyla, High School Intern (Summer 2012)
  • Katie Prybyla, High School Intern (Summer 2013)
  • Deborah Rook, Undergraduate (Spring 2007)
  • Melissa Sameh, Undergraduate (2010-11)
  • Stephanie Sang, Undergraduate (Summer 2010, 2012)
  • Thomas Sheppard, Undergraduate (Spring 2007)
  • Joanna Sherman, High School Intern (Summer 2015)
  • Catherine Taylor, Undergraduate (2014-16)
  • Danielle Thornsberry, Undergraduate (2013-14)
  • Elizabeth Tobin, Undergraduate (2017-18)
  • Valentine VolkMS Student (2014-15)
  • Nick Whalen, Undergraduate (2018-19)