Personnel

Principal Investigator

Postdoctoral Associates

We are hiring a postdoc! Contact Dr. Storfer for info.

Graduate Students

  • Mark Margres: Mark worked in the lab from 2017-2018. He has been working on comparative genomics of Tasmanian devils and devil facial tumor disease. Mark is now a Postdoctoral Associate at Clemson and will be the Hrdy Fellow at Harvard in 2019-2020.
  • Brendan Epstein: Brendan worked in the lab from 2013-2016. He studied landscape genomics and conducted genome-wide selection analyses of Tasmanian devils. Brendan is now a Postdoctoral Associate at U. Minnesota.
  • Jake Kerby: Jake worked in the lab from 2006-2008. He studied the impacts of pesticides on the susceptibility of Tiger Salamanders to virus. Jake is now an Associate Professor at the University of South Dakota.
  • Ben Ridenhour: Ben studied tiger salamander-ranavirus coevolution. Ben is now an Assistant Research Professor at University of Idaho
  • Stephen Mech: Steve was a postdoc in the lab from 11/01-12/02. He worked on population genetics and hybridization of amphibians. Steve is now a Professor at Albright College in Reading, WA.
  • Steven Micheletti, PhD (2010-2016). Title: “Evolutionary genetics of range limits in an endemic salamander (Ambystoma barbouri” Steven is now a geneticist with the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission in Hagerman, Idaho.
  • Lanie Smith, MS (2013-2016). Title: “Investigating telomere length as a susceiptibility marker for devil facial tumor disease.” Lanie is now a student in a medical technology program in VA.
  • Daryl Trumbo, PhD (2009-2015). Title: “Landscape genomics and geographic range limit evolution of the invasive cane toad (Rhinella marina) in Australia.” Daryl is now a postdoctoral research associate with Chris Funk at Colorado State University.
  • Sarah Emel, PhD (2009-2015). Title: “Integrating niche modeling and landscape genetics to study species’ responses to climate change: A case study of Rhyacotriton kezeri and R. variegatus.” Sarah is now a postdoctoral associate at Temple University with Rachel Spigler.
  • Jonathan Eastman, PhD (2006-2010). Title: ” On the role of historical constraint in divergence and adaptation: a emphasis in salamander evolution.” Jon followed as a postdoctoral research associate with Luke Harmon at the University of Idaho until 2013.
  • Ashley McCally, MS (2007-2009). Ashley studied community ecology of amphibian diseases. She is now the owner of Lily and Gus clothing.
  • Steve Spear, PhD (2005-2009). Title: “Effects of land use change and habitat differences on genetic variation and population genetic structure of tailed frogs.” Steve is now an Research Scientist with The Wilds in Ohio. email
  • Karen Benyo (Chojnacki), MS (2006-2009). Title: “Spatial variation in selection and multivariate estimates of local adaptation in a salamander-virus systm.” Karen is now a teaching assistant at WSU. email
  • Melanie Murphy, PhD (2008). Title: “New Approaches in Landscape Genetics and Niche Modeling for Understanding Limits to Anuran Distributions.” Melanie is now an Assistant Professor at University of Wyoming. email
  • Jennifer Cotter (Stewart), MS (2006-2008). Title: “Genomic Responses of Ambystomatid Salamanders to Infection with an Emerging Virus.” Jenn is now a laboratory technician and biology instructor in Denver, CO.email
  • Craig Steele, PhD (2006). Title: “Speciation, Phylogeography, and Gene Flow in Giant Salamanders (Dicamptodon).” Craig is now working for Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, Eagle Fish Genetics Laboratory. email
  • Andy Giordano, MS (2005): Andy studied life history and population genetics of long-toed salamanders. Andy is now a teacher at the Snowbowl Academy in Truckee, CA. email
  • Diane Forson, MS (2005): Diane did her MS work studying interactions of atrazine and iridovirus on different species of salamanders. She is now an instructor at Everett Community College. email
  • Becky Featherkile, BS (2009) was the animal care manager for over 3 years and studied effects of pesticides on salamander embryos. Becky now works as a technician at the UW Medical School.
  • Alison Hart, BA (2008) was a Wildlife Ecology major who received a Center for Integrated Biotechnology Summer Fellowship to work on the effects of disease, pesticides, predators on salamanders. Ali is now the Nature/Science Director of the Yakima Area Arboretum.
  • Nicole Sinacore, BS (2008) studied the impacts of pesticide exposure on metamorphosed tiger salamanders. Nicole now works as a vet tech at the Alpine Animal hospital in Pullman.
  • Cristina Dressel, BS (2007): graduated in May, 2007 with honors from WSU and now works with the US Bureau of Land Management in Oregon.
  • Kristen Lew, BS (2003), MS (2005): was an undergraduate researcher who worked in my lab from Fall 2001-Fall 2003 and worked on salamander genetics. Kristennow works at the Snowbowl Academy in Truckee, CA.
  • Jennifer Leader Elmose, BS (2006): studied molecular aspects of salamander-virus coevolution. She is now a medical laboratory scientist at SHMC.
  • Rachel Burnham, BS (2005): was an undergraduate researcher in 2004 and studied behavioral effects in iridovirus infection in salamders. Rachel is now a data analyst at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle.
  • Jessica Zelnik: was an honors student working in my lab in 2005 and studied genetic variation in putative pathogenesis genes among strains of iridovirus that infects tiger salamanders. Jessica completed Veterinary School at WSU.
  • Danielle Dahmen, BS (2005): was an undergraduate researcher who studied behavioral responses of tiger salamanders to infection. Dani completed her veterinary degree at WSU.
  • Scott Maloney: was an undergraduate researcher in my lab from 9/01-2/02. Scott won the prestigious WSU Student Researcher of the Month Award in April, 2002. Scott now works as the Senior Operations and Strategy Manager at Living Social.
  • Aaron Halverson, BS (2005): studied phylogeography of long-toed salamanders.
  • Becky Featherkile: was the animal care manager for over 3 years and studied effects of pesticides on salamander embryos.
  • Alison Hart, BA (2008): was a Wildlife Ecology major who received a Center for Integrated Biotechnology Summer Fellowship to work on the effects of disease, pesticides, predators on salamanders.
  • Nicole Sinacore: studied the impacts of pesticide exposure on metamorph tiger salamanders.
  • Cristina Dressel, BS (2007): graduated in May, 2007 with honors from WSU and works with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  • Kristen Lew, BS (2003), MS (2005): was an undergraduate researcher who worked in my lab from Fall 2001-Fall 2003 and worked on salamander genetics. Kristen recently completed her MS at the School of Molecular Biosciences at WSU and is now working at the Snowbowl Academy in Truckee, CA.
  • Jennifer Leader, BS (2006): studied molecular aspects of salamander-virus coevolution. She is now a student in the Medical Technology program at Sacred Heart in Spokane, WA.
  • Rachel Burnham, BS (2005): was an undergraduate researcher in 2004 and studied behavioral effects in iridovirus infection in salamders. Rachel now works at the Seattle Biomedical Institute.
  • Jessica Zelnik: was an honors student working in my lab in 2005 and studied genetic variation in putative pathogenesis genes among strains of iridovirus that infects tiger salamanders. Jessica is now in Veterinary School at WSU.
  • Danielle Dahmen, BS (2005): was an undergraduate researcher who studied behavioral responses of tiger salamanders to infection. Dani now works in a Veterinary Clinic in Spokane.
  • Scott Maloney: was an undergraduate researcher in my lab from 9/01-2/02. Scott won the prestigious WSU Student Researcher of the Month Award in April, 2002. Scott now works in the WSU Institute of Biological Chemistry.
  • Aaron Halverson, BS (2005): studied phylogeography of long-toed salamanders. He is now a MS student in Environmental Sciences at WSU.
  • Patricia Frias: was the laboratory manager of the Real-time PCR facility in 2010.
  • Jason Baumsteiger: was the laboratory manager from 2006-2008. He is finishing a PhD program at UC Merced under the direction of Andres Aquilaremail

Fellowship Available

Hiring postdoc for Spring or Fall 2019