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Storfer Lab Lab alumni

Former postdoctoral associates:

Chris Kozakiewicz (2018-2021); Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

Mark Margres (2017-2018); Assistant Professor, University of South Florida; email:

Brendan Epstein (2013-2016); Postdoctoral Research Associate, Univ. Minnesota; email:

Jake Kerby (2006-2008); Professor and Chair, University of South Dakota; email:

Ben Ridenhour (2004-2006) Assistant Professor, University of Idaho

Stephen Mech (2001-2002); Professor, Albright College

Former Graduate Students

Graduated (8 PhD, 9 MS)

Rachael Kane (MS 2021) How inbred is the Tasmanian devil? A meta-analysis of island mammals. Current position: Genomics Laboratory Specialist, Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Commission

Austin Patton (PhD 2020) Integration of comparative phylogenetics and genomics to study diversification and historical demography. Current position: Postdoctoral Associate at UC Berkeley

Lauren Ricci (MS 2018) Comparative landscape genetics of Tasmanian devils and their facial tumor disease. Current position: PhD student at Utah State University

Steven Micheletti (PhD 2016); Title, “Multiple tests of species’ geographic range limits in an endemic salamander species” Current Position: Geneticist at 23andme

Lanie Smith (MS 2016); Title, “Telomeres as a marker for disease susceptibility in Tasmanian devils” Current Position: Medical technician Fairfax Co. Health Department

Daryl Trumbo (PhD 2015); Title, “Landscape genomics and geographic range limit evolution of the invasive cane toad (Rhinella marina) in Australia” Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher with Meryl Mims at Virginia Tech

Sarah Emel (PhD; 2015); Title, “Integrating niche modeling and landscape genetics to study species’ responses to climate change” Current Position: Assistant Professor at IUP

Jonathan Eastman (PhD; 2010); Title “On the role of historical constraint in evolution: An emphasis in salamander evolution.” Current Position: Firefighter in Iowa Falls, IA

Karen Chojnacki (MS; 2009); Title: “Spatial variation in selection and multivariate estimates of local adaptation in a salamander-virus system.” Current Position: Teaching Assistant, WSU

Steve Spear (PhD; 2009); Title: “Effects of land use change and habitat differences on genetic variation and population genetic structure of tailed frogs.” Current Position: Research Biologist at USGS, La Crosse, WI.

Ashley McCally (MS; 2009); Ashley studied the effects of chytridiomycosis on amphibian community dynamics. Current Position: Owner of Lily and Gus Clothing

Melanie Murphy (PhD; 2008); Title: “New approaches in landscape genetics and niche modeling for understanding limits to anuran distributions” Current Position: Associate Professor, University of Wyoming

Jennifer Cotter (MS; 2008); Title: “Genomic responses of ambystomatid salamanders to infection with an emerging virus” Current Position: Laboratory Technician, Denver, CO.

Craig Steele (PhD; 2006); Title: “Phylogenetics, phylogeography and comparative population genetics of giant salamanders (genus: Dicamptodon)” Current Position: Geneticist for Idaho Game and Fish

Andrew Giordano (MS; 2005); Thesis title, “Effects of Altitude on Population Structure and Life History Variation in the Long-toed salamander.” Current Position:  Upper Division Math and Science Teacher, Sugarbowl Academy, Truckee, CA

Diane Forson (MS; 2005); Thesis title, “Agricultural Contaminants and Iridovirus: Cofactors in Amphibian Declines.” Current Position: Instructor – Biology Department, Everett Community College, Everett, WA

Steve Spear (Co-Advisor; MS, ISU; 2004); Thesis title, “”Landscape effects on genetic structure in tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum melanostictum) populations across the northern range of Yellowstone National Park” Current Position: Research Biologist at USGS