Past Members: Where are they now?

Jon Finger- Past Masters Student, WSU


CJ (Christina Jenkins) – Past PhD Student, WSU


Jen Madrid-Thorson, Past PhD Student, WSU

Jen is primarily interested in epigenetics and its role in adaptive phenotypic variation between habitats. She is now a postdoctoral student in the Skinner lab at WSU!


Devin Drown- Past PhD Student, WSU

Devin is interested in the role of population structure in coevolution. He is studying patterns of host-parasite population structure and phylogeography in trematodes and snails.


Erica Kistner- Past Master’s Student, WSU

In the field of invasion ecology, the dynamics of an invasion are governed by ecological and evolutionary processes. Erica is especially interested in the role of phenotypic plasticity and evolution in morphological traits.


Brandon Dalton- MS 2006, WSU

Thesis title: “How do species occupy novel ranges: the attributes of a worldwide clonal invader” Current Position: PhD student, Montana State University Publication: Dalton, B.M. and M.F. Dybdahl. The evolutionary dynamics of an invasive clonal population: a test of local adaptation across a heterogeneous range. Evolutionary Ecology Research In Review


Alison Emblidge Fromme- MS 2004, WSU

Thesis title: “Parasite-free invaders: the consequences of enemy loss in an invasive snail” Current Position: Freelance writer, Berkeley CA Publication: Fromme, A. and M.F. Dybdahl. 2006. Resistance in introduced populations of a freshwater snail to native range parasites. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 19:1948-1955


Leslie Riley- MS 2003, WSU

Leslie is working on the ecological impact of the invasive New Zealand mud snail on a narrowly endemic snail Pyrgulopsis robusta in Yellowstone National Park. She is measuring the effects of the invader and Pyrgulopsis on periphyton algal resources (interaction strengths), and the effect of the invader on fitness of the endemic.

Thesis title: “Invasive species impact: competition and facilitation between stream snails” Current Position: PhD student, WSU Publication: Riley, L.A., M.F. Dybdahl, R.O. Hall, Jr. Grazing and competition interaction strengths match patterns of introduced species dominance. (in revision for resubmission)