Biogeography, Evolution, and Conservation

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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Peter Marko

Lab alumni:

Phylogeography of rocky shore marine species.  MS thesis focused on amphi-Pacific phylogeography and speciation in the rocky shore snail Nucella lima.  Nicole now works as a science teacher at Timberland High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. 

Nicole Cox

Population genetics and conservation of sharks.  Dissertation focused on the eastern Pacific population genetics of Sphyrna lewini, the scalloped hammerhead shark.  Currently a faculty member at College of Coastal Georgia. 

Holly Nance

Genetic mapping and QTL analysis as tools to understand genetic load, inbreeding depression, and genetic causes of larval mortality of marine organisms.  Postdoc work in our lab included paternity analysis and population genomics of gooseneck barnacles using microsatellites and RADseq technology.  Louis is now a faculty member at Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland.

Louis Plough

Evolution of mating systems in marine organisms.  In the Marko lab, Tammy was a postdoc that worked on the phylogeography of north Pacific marine organisms.  Tammy is currently a faculty member at Limestone College. 

Tammy McGovern

Human genetics and genomics.  Worked as Howard Hughes funded undergrad in our lab on the population genetics of commercially harvested bay scallops in North Carolina.  After completing a PhD at Duke, she took a job with Illumina.    

Felicia Hawthorne

Population structure and conservation genetics of terrestrial vertebrates.  Kelly had two stints as a lab technician and manager in our lab and is now working on his PhD at UCLA. 

Kelly Barr

Former lab technician, driver, and navigator. 

Dan Rodriguez

Former lab technician.

Cory Holbert

Undergraduate researcher, now a Resaerch Associate at the University of Potsdam. 

Alice Dennis

Current lab members:

PhD student studying the systematics, biogeography, and physiology of the coral genus Pavona.

Claire Lewis

PhD graduate working on the molecular phylogeography of antitropical marine species as a model for testing ideas about the tropics as a source of evolutionary novelty and diversity.  Currently a faculty member at the Industrial University of  Santander.

Sergio Marchant

Postdoc working on the evolution of egg size in Hydroides.

Yale Passamaneck

MS graduate studying patterns of marine endemism.  Lives in Washington State and works as a freelance scientific writer. 

Jake Buehler

MS student focused on the development and use of eDNA methods to monitor the abundance and diversity of fish and corals on Hawaiian reefs.

Patrick Nichols

MS graduate who studied the mating system of the giant pulmonate limpet Siphonaria gigas.  Started a PhD in the fall of 2019 at UC Davis. 

Jessica Schaefer

MS student that studied the population genomics of corals.  Martha completed a Knauss Fellowship in DC and then started a job as a congressional aide.

Martha Newell

Recent BS graduate working on the phylogeography of Echinometra sea urchins.  Recently moved to UC Merced to start a PhD.

Bailey Carlson

MS student interested in eDNA analysis and phylogeography.

Taylor Ely

PI with research projects focused on the biogeography, evolution, and conservation of marine organisms.

Undergraduate student studying the biogeography of the hyperdiverse genus Siphonaria in Hawaii.

Molly Jewell

Undergraduate student studying seafood substitutions in the USA.

Nathaniel Patten