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O'Donnell lab members and collaborators
Sean O'Donnell (Ph.D. Zoology/Entomology University of Wisconsin-Madison 1993) and former research associate Dr. Susan Bulova (Ph.D. Zoology University of Wisconsin-Madison 1994)
Tropical field research travel - Natural history television work
Meghan Barrett (Biology Department- PhD candidate).
Meghan is focusing on the neurobiology and physiological ecology of desert bees with male alternative mating tactics (Solitary nesters, but wonerful nevertheless).
Ginny is analyzing the effects of social behavior on brain development and brain evolution in spiders. Yes, there ARE social spiders! And they do have brains.
Katie is studying the roles of nutritional physiology and pheromone communication in reproductive caste differentiation in tropical social paper wasps (genus Mischocyttarus).
Karmi is exploring the links between climate and social behavior in desert isopods (Yes, they are real. And charismatic.).
Rachel Miller (STAR fellow- bee sensory biology) and Caroline Gallen (STAR fellow- evolution of body form)
Former lab members
Dr. Sara DeLeon, PhD Cornell
Dr. Nicole Arcilla, PhD Univ. of Georgia
Dr. Kaitlin Baudier, PhD (Environmental Science) Spring 2017 - Thermal eco-physiology of army ants
Dr. Thomas Soare, PhD (Psychology- Animal Behavior) Summer 2012 - Population genetics and behavioral ecology of army ants
Dr. Yamile Molina, PhD (Psychology- Animal Behavior) Summer 2009 - Evolution of caste differences in brain structure in paper wasps
Dr. Anjali Kumar, PhD (Psychology- Animal Behavior) Summer 2008 - Behavioral ecology of army ants/Conservation biology
Dr. Adam Smith, PhD (Psychology- Animal Behavior) Summer 2005 - Evolution of social structure in tropical bees
Jason Stafstrom, MS (Psychology- Animal Behavior) Spring 2011 - Spider brain evolution
Wood roach brain development: Stephan Bonestroo (visiting MS student from the Netherlands).
Ant behavioral ecology: Kevin Purce
Brain plasticity and brain evolution: Marie Clifford, Robin Harris, Ben Land
Paper wasp behavioral ecology field research: Sara Ranger, Doug Wacker, Bill Wood
Termite caste development: Dan Markiewicz
Avian behavioral ecology: Robert Driver
Paper wasp biodiversity: Sean Tully (NSF-REU and Psychology honors)
Army ant population genetics: Cara Allen
Brain plasticity and evolution: Vishakha Hariawala, Kayla Helem (UW Mary Gates Fellow) , Annette Kang, Hans Kelstrup, Paulina Khodak, Josh Matlock, Nola McAloon (STAR fellow), Skye Miller, Abigail Mudd (STAR fellow), Justin Neste (NSF-REU), Anna Pollock (Honors student), Andrea Repetto (NSF-REU and UW Mary Gates Fellow), John Salvo, Michaela Schuster, Elisabeth Sulger (STAR fellow), Ceri Weber
Army ant ecology/behavior: Katie D'Amelio, Tessa Erickson, Elise Koncsek, Rumaan Malhotra , Iris Nagai, Sharon Stein
Avian behavioral ecology: Francesca Dogias (STAR fellow), Emily Johnson (STAR fellow), Alyssa Klein (STAR fellow), Savanna Michener (STAR fellow), James Warren (research co-op)
Bee behavior and neurobiology: Angelina Gomez , Devneet Kainth, Cheyenne McNair (STAR fellow), Purnima Sachdeva, Zack Smith, Griffin White, Amelia Brunskill (UW Mary Gates Fellow), Tina Gray, Emily Hultgren, Annette Kang, Mary Kotschwar, Janake Nathan, Chandler Olson, Monica Reichardt (UW Hughes Fellow), Linnaea Renz, Geoff Valentine, Dave Verdirame
Behavioral genetics: Olivia Gelow, Tarn Adams, Katie Edwards, Kristin Haff, Alisa Hove, Amy Kasameyer, Meredith Klacking, Ana Kobayashi, Tina Stremick, Yoko Takahashi
Caloric restriction: Joel Greenwood
Paper wasp behavioral ecology and physiology: Meghan Campbell, Kelsey Capobianco, Rheanna Congdon, Emily Fanwick, Anastacia Feoktistova, Emily White, Andrea Repetto (NSF-REU), Nick Spang, Natalie Bostwick, Mark Burns, Jen Gee, Melissa Nakanishi
Termite caste development: Chris Dalinkus
Collaborators from other universities
Leticia Aviles, Univ. of British Columbia - Spider brain evolution
Dan Janzen, Univ. of Pennsylvania- Paper wasp biodiversity
Robert Jeanne, Univ. of Wisconsin- Social wasp behavior, ecology, and evolution
Michael Kaspari, Univ. of Oklahoma- Ant community ecology
Daniel Kronauer, Rockefeller Univ.- Ant population genetics, ant/microbe interactions
John Lattke, Univ. of Central Venezuela- Ant community ecology
Piotr Lukasik, Univ. of Montana- Ant/microbe interactions
Kerry Naish, Univ. of Washington- Army ant population genetics
Christine Nalepa, USDA/North Carolina State Univ.- development and evolution of termite brain architecture
Barbara Thorne, Univ. of Maryland- Termite brain development
Robert Vander Meer, USDA-ARS Gainesville- Army ant chemical ecology