Catherine E. Wagner, PI
Katie is an evolutionary biologist with broad interests in processes of speciation and diversification. Her research uses population genetic, genomic, phylogenetic, and comparative methods to study diversification, from speciation processes to macroevolutionary patterns of biodiversity.
Katie received her BA in Biology and Geology from Whitman College, and her PhD from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. She did a postdoc with Ole Seehausen at EAWAG/University of Bern in Switzerland before joining the Biodiversity Institute and the Department of Botany at the University of Wyoming as an assistant professor in Fall 2015. She is the recipient of the 2015 Dobzhansky Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution.
Jimena Golcher-Benavides, PhD student
Jimena began working towards her PhD in the Program in Ecology at the University of Wyoming in Fall 2015. She comes to the lab with extensive background in tropical biology, particularly fieldwork in her native Costa Rica and in Nicaragua. She received an MS from the University of Konstanz, Germany, prior to coming to UW.
Jessica Rick, PhD student
Jessica started her PhD in the Program in Ecology at UW in Fall 2016 after finishing a masters in Integrative Biosciences at the University of Minnesota – Duluth in 2015. She has worked previously on population genetics of insects and wolves, and is excited to start working on fish genetics in the Wagner Lab.
Liz Mandeville, Postdoc
Liz Mandeville joined the lab in summer 2016 to work on a project in collaboration with Annika Walters and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, to look at hybridization between rainbow trout and native Yellowstone cutthroat trout in the North Fork Shoshone. She completed her PhD in UW’s Program in Ecology in 2016, working with Alex Buerkle on hybridzation genetics in catostomid fishes.
Brittany Nordberg, Undergraduate Wyoming Research Scholar
Brittany began working in the lab in Fall 2015 as a Wyoming Research Scholar. She is working on understanding the evolutionary history of Nile Perch species through genetics. Brittany is a true fish-lover, and a co-founder of the Wyoming Women’s Fly Fishing club!
Karly Higgins, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Karly begin working in the lab in Fall 2016, associated with Liz Mandeville’s project on Yellowstone cutthroat trout x Rainbow trout hybridization in the North Fork Shoshone near Cody, Wyoming. Karly is interested in continuing with research after graduating from University of Wyoming, with a focus on marine conservation genetics.
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