Lab Members

 

Karen Abbott

Principle Investigator

Ph.D. 2006 Ecology & Evolution, U. Chicago

B.S. 2001 Biology / Mathematics, Vanderbilt


Karen studies mathematical models of ecological processes to better understand how species interactions and environmental variability generate the patterns we see in nature.

Chris, Chris, Karen, and Ben at Katie’s poster, Intersections, 2014

Chris Stieha      Chris’s website

Postdoc, 2014-2017

Ph.D. 2012 and M.S. 2008 Ecology, U. Kentucky

B.S. 2003 Chemistry, U. Kentucky


Effects of plant defenses on insect herbivore dynamics.


after Abbott lab: Assistant Prof. of Biology, Millersville U.

Chris Moore      Chris’s website

Postdoc, 2014-2017

Ph.D. 2014 Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology, U. Nevada Reno

B.S. 2005 Biology, Cal State Polytechnic, Pomona


Population dynamics of mutualistic interactions.


after Abbott lab: Assistant Prof. of Biology, Colby College

Sam Catella

Ph.D. student

B.S. 2010 Molecular Environmental Biology, UC Berkeley


Sam is studying the effects of multiple abiotic variables with distinct spatial properties on plant community composition and distributions.

Past lab members

Katie Dixon       Katie’s website

M.S. 2017 Biology

B.S. 2015 Biology (honors), CWRU


Spatial models of canine distemper virus and dispersal in Galapagos sea lions.


after Abbott lab: Ph.D. program, Ecology & Evolution, U. Chicago

Fang (Frances) Ji

Ph.D. student

B.S. 2016 Forestry, Shandong Agricultural University


Frances has a broad background in basic and applied forestry.  She is interested in using mathematical models to better understand forest insect outbreaks and insect population dynamics for her Ph.D.

Brian Lerch

Undergraduate researcher

B.S. anticipated 2019 Biology / Mathematics, CWRU


Brian is modeling African Wild Dog populations in order to understand how group structure influences Allee effects at the population scale.

Tejas Joshi

M.S. 2017 Applied Math

B.S. 2017 Applied Mathematics / Biology, CWRU


Ecological model of the gut microbiome during C. difficile colitis.


after Abbott lab: Northwestern University Medical School

Adrienne Damicis

Undergrad honors student

B.S. 2017 Biology / Medical Anthropology, CWRU


Point pattern analysis of herbaceous plant communities.


after Abbott lab: MS program, Biostatistics in Public Health, Ohio State

Ben Nolting         Ben’s website

Postdoc, 2014-2016

Ph.D. 2013 and M.S. 2009 Mathematics, U. Nebraska Lincoln

B.S. 2006 Mathematics, U. Alaska Anchorage


Stochastic processes in ecology.


after Abbott lab: Assistant Prof. of Mathematics, Chico State

Kasey Kiesewetter

Undergrad honors student (co-advised with Jean Burns)

B.S. 2016 Biology, CWRU


Effects of climate change on ant-mediated seed dispersal


after Abbott/Burns labs: Ph.D. program, Ecology, U. Miami

Andrew Freedman

Undergraduate researcher (co-advised with Jean Burns)

B.S. Systems Biology / B.A. Evolutionary Biology 2016 CWRU


Role of ant seed dispersal behavior on plant coexistence in a spatially-explicit model.


after Abbott/Burns labs: Teaching Assistant and Research Volunteer, CWRU Math/Biology

Ryan Rego         Ryan’s website

Undergraduate researcher

B.A. Economics / M.P.H. Global Health 2017 CWRU


Combining disease ecology and economics to evaluate interventions that limit disease spread post natural disaster.


after Abbott lab: Undergraduate researcher, Yax lab, CWRU Emergency Medicine

Aubrie James  Aubrie’s website

Undergraduate researcher and Research Technician

B.S. 2012 Animal Ecology, Iowa State


Effects of climate change on migratory bird populations.


after Abbott lab: Ph.D. program, Ecology, Cornell University

Nick Fabina       Nick’s website

Undergraduate researcher (in Tony Ives’s lab)

B.S. 2009 Economics / Mathematics, U. Wisconsin

Ph.D. 2014 Ecology, UC Davis


Ecology and evolution of phenological shifts in plant-pollinator-herbivore systems.


after Ives lab: Ph.D. program, Ecology, UC Davis

Karen giving a talk, MBI, 2013

An ongoing investigation (anxiously awaiting the results)

Gleb Zhelezov

Postdoc

Ph.D. 2017 Mathematics, U. Arizona

B.S. 2011 Mathematics/Physics, Texas A&M


When not engaging in trophic interactions with spaghetti, Gleb studies pattern formation in stochastic spatial ecological models.

Amy Patterson

Ph.D. student

B.A. 2015 Biological Sciences – Ecology & Evolution, Wash U.


Amy is interested in using stochastic mathematical models to understand the stability and instability of plant community composition.