Past Donnelley & YIBS Postdoctoral Fellows

Below is the list of past Donnelley Fellows. To learn more about postdoctoral opportunities with YIBS, visit our Postdoctoral Fellowships page.

Past Donnelley Fellows

  Fellowship dates Faculty sponsor & research focus Where are they now?

Oliver Griffith, Ph.D.

Personal Website

September 2015 - August 2017

Sponsor: Gunter Wagner, Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Research: Identifying the processes that underpin the evolution of pregnancy in vertebrates, including reptiles; understanding how pregnancy and specifically the evolution of a placenta interacts with the environment, and how this interaction may help or hurt organisms in a changing climate.

 

Chun Ho (Jason) Lam, Ph.D.

Personal Website

July 2015 - June 2017

Sponsor: Paul Anastas, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Research: “A path to fossil-free chemical feedstocks to alleviate global warming: Electrocatalytic upgrading of depolymerized lignin and industrial waste to value-added products”

 

Charlotte O’Brien, Ph.D.

Personal Website

September 2015 - September 2017

Sponsor: Mark Pagani, Professor, Department of Geology & Geophysics

Research: Estimating global temperatures for the late Oligocene Epoch, which occurred from about 33.9 to 23 million years ago

 

Adam Roddy, Ph.D.

Personal Website

April 2015 - March 2017

Sponsor: Craig Brodersen, Assistant Professor, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Research: Evolutionary transitions in the structure-function relationships of flowers

 

Lindsey Swierk, Ph.D.

Personal Website

July 2015 - June 2017

Sponsor: David Skelly, Professor, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Research: Understanding amphibian responses to suburbanization

 

Lauren Smith, Ph.D.

Personal Website

September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2016

Sponsor: Oswald Schmitz, Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecology, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Research: Do invasive plants that promote predators fundamentally alter ecosystem functioning?

 

Erin Saupe, Ph.D.

Personal Website

August 1, 2014 - July 31, 2016

Sponsor: Derek Briggs, G. Evelyn Hutchinson Professor of Geology & Geophysics

Research: Evolution and climate change: Elucidating the controls on species’ responses to 4myr of environmental change in the Atlantic Coastal Plain, USA

 

Peter Cowman, Ph.D.

Personal Website

May 15, 2014 - May 14, 2016

Sponsor: Thomas Near, Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Research: Mechanistic processes and genomic evolution in marine biodiversity hotspots: Do coral reefs promote diversity through accelerated rates of molecular change?

Research Fellow in Ecosystem DynamicsARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University,

Queensland, Australia

Sara Kuebbing, Ph.D.

Personal Website

June 1, 2014 - May 31, 2016

Sponsor: Mark Bradford, Professor, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Research: Testing predictions in field and laboratory experiments on invasive functional trait analysis, litter decomposition and field litter-addition

Postdoctoral Researcher, Bradford LabYale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

New Haven, CT

Giovanna Carpi, Ph.D
July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2015

Sponsor: Maria Diuk-Wassar, Assistant Professor, Yale School of Public Health

Research: Linking vertebrate diversity with tick-borne pathogen species and genome-wide diversity

Associate Research Scientist in Ecology & Evolutionary BiologyYale University

New Haven, CT

Jesse Berman, Ph.D. August 1, 2013 - July 31, 2015

Sponsor: Michelle Bell, Assistant Professor, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

 

Research: Research to examine how drought in the United States affects levels of airborne particles and thereby impacts the risk of mortality and illness for respiratory diseases

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of EpidemiologyJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Baltimore, MD

Susanna Messinger, Ph.D. July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2014

Sponsor: David Vasseur, Assistant Professor, Yale Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

 

Research: Understanding the mechanisms governing the distribution and abundance of the more than 8 million species that inhabit earth

Data Analyst, Zions Bancorporation

Salt Lake City, UT

Arthur Middleton, Ph.D. September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2014

Sponsor: David Skelly, Professor of Ecology, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

 

Research: Linking prey behavior to population and ecosystem-level pattern:  What drives variation in the strength of risk effects among temperate ungulates?

Associate Research ScientistYale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

New Haven, CT

Bridget Nugent, Ph.D.

Personal Website

August 1, 2012 - July 31, 2014

Sponsor: Suzanne Alonzo, Assistant Professor, Yale Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

 

Research: Understanding the proximate mechanisms that give rise to variation within and across species and thereby provide a substrate for selection and diversification that is critical to understanding the origins of biodiversity in wild species that may help to explain phenotypic variation in other organisms through comparative studies

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Philadelphia, PA

Matthew Ogburn, Ph.D. September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2014

Sponsor: Michael Donoghue, Sterling Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

 

Research: Community assembly, niche evolution, and the future of alpine plant communities

Assistant Professor of BiologySouthern Utah University

Cedar City, UT

Isabelle Kruta, Ph.D.
 

August 25, 2011 (completed 2nd year in August 2014)

Sponsor: Derek Briggs, G. Evelyn Hutchinson Professor of Geology & Geophyics

 

Research: Role of ammonites in the Mesozoic food web

Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History

New York, NY

Matthew Niemiller, Ph.D.
 

September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2013

Sponsor: Thomas Near, Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Research: Cryptic diversity and speciation in cave organisms:  delimiting species and evolutionary history in the southern cavefish (Typhlichthys subterraneus)

Illinois Natural History SurveyPrairie Research Institute, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL

Jay Zarnetske, Ph.D.

Lab Website
 

October 1, 2012 - August 31, 2013

Sponsors: James Saiers and Peter Raymond, Professors at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

 

Research: Watershed hydrology, aquatic ecology, ecosystem informatics, hydrogeology, stable isotope biogeochemistry and global water resource issues

Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Adrian Ghilardi, Ph.D. September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2013

Sponsor: Robert Bailis, Professor, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Research: Charcoal-driven degradation in secondary forests: Conserving biodiversity while maintaining production levels using opportunities under REDD+

Associate Professor, Environmental Geography Research Centre, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

Mexico City, Mexico

Daniel Rosauer, Ph.D. 

Personal Website

August 15, 2010 - June 30, 2012

Sponsor: Walter Jetz, Associate Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

 

Research: Biodiversity informatics, macroevolution and conservation science

Research FellowCollege of Medicine, Biology and Environment, Australian National University

Canberra, Austalia

Nina Lehr, Ph.D.
 

May 17, 2010 - May 16, 2012

Sponsor: Jeffrey Townsend, Associate Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Research: The evolution of gene expression underlying sexual development in fungi

Postdoctoral Associate, Strobel Lab, Department of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Yale University

New Haven, CT

Valerie Fuchs, Ph.D.

Personal Website

August 16, 2010 - August 15, 2012

Sponsor: Julie Zimmerman, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

Research: Optimizing ecosystem benefits through water systems infrastructure location

Water Resources Engineer, Brown and Caldwell

Seattle, WA

Matthew Walsh, Ph.D.​​
 

Lab Website

July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2011

Sponsor: David Post, Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Research: The link between environmental heterogeneity and evolutionary change in coastal lake ecosystems

Assistant Professor of BiologyDepartment of Biology, University of Texas Arlington

Arlington, TX

Andrea Gloria-Soria, Ph.D.

Personal Website

August 1, 2009 - July 31, 2011

Sponsor: Leo Buss, Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Research: Characterization of the allelic variation on the allorecognition complex of Hydractinia symbiolongicarpus

Associate Research ScientistDepartment of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University

New Haven, CT

Christopher Clark, Ph.D.
 

Lab Website

June 1, 2009 - May 31, 2011

Sponsor: Rick Prum, William Coe Robinson Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB), Professor at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Research: The mechanics and diversity of feather-generated sounds in birds

Assistant Professor of BiologyDepartment of Biology, University of California Riverside

Riverside, CA

Nicholas Longrich, Ph.D.

Lab Website

August 1, 2008 - July 31, 2010
Sponsors: Andrew Hill, Clayton Stephenson Class of 1954 Professor of Anthropology and Eric Sargis, Associate Professor of Anthropology
 
Research: Paleoenvironments and the biodiversity, biogeography and phylogenetic history of African cercopithecoid monkeys

Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath

Bath, UK

Christopher Gilbert, Ph.D.
August 1, 2008 - July 31, 2010
Sponsors: Andrew Hill, Clayton Stephenson Class of 1954 Professor of Anthropology and Eric Sargis, Associate Professor of Anthropology
 
Research: Paleoenvironments and the biodiversity, biogeography and phylogenetic history of African cercopithecoid monkeys

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Hunter College CUNY

New York, NY

Michael Dodd, Ph.D.
 
October 1, 2008 -
September 30, 2009
Sponsor: William Mitch, Associate Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
 
Research: The influence of solar irradiation-generated halogen radicals on processing of marine dissolved organic matter: implications for oceanic photic zone depth and organic carbon bioavailability

Associate Professor of Environmental EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington

Seattle, WA

Austin Hendy, Ph.D.
October 1, 2007 - September 30, 2009
Sponsor: Derek E.G. Briggs, Frederick W. Beinecke Professor of Geology & Geophysics
 
Research: Consequences of variations in large-scale environmental transitions (e.g. tectonic, climatic and sea level change) on the structure and diversity of past marine ecosystems

Collections Manager, Invertebrate Paleontology, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Los Angeles, CA

Matthew Brandley, Ph.D.
 
September 1, 2008 - August 31, 2010
Sponsor: Tom Near, Assistant Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
 
Research: Developmental processes of morphological diversity and their evolutionary response to climate change
 

Postdoctoral FellowSchool of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney

Sydney, Australia

Katy L. Prudic, Ph.D.
 
October 1, 2007 - August 31, 2010
Sponsor: Antonia Monteiro, Assistant Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
 
Research: Function of border eyespots in butterflies (do eyespots function as an anti-predator defense, or in butterfly mate recognition and choice?)

Research ScientistDepartment of Integrative Biology, Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

David Zinniker, Ph.D. September 2006 - August 2008
Sponsor: Mark Pagani, Associate Professor of Geology & Geophysics
 
Research: Intersection of the earth and life sciences, including organic geochemistry, micropaleontology, sedimentary geology, basin analysis, and petroleum systems
 
Dror Hawlena, Ph.D.
 
January 2007 - December 2008
Sponsors: Oswald Schmitz, Oastler Professor of Population & Community Ecology, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
 
Research: The way disease agents and predators interact to alter the behavior of the species of host/prey that they share

Senior LecturerDepartment of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Israel

Barry Alto, Ph.D.
September 2006 - August 2008
Sponsor: Paul Turner, Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
 
Research: Biostatistics and the ecology and evolution of arthropod-borne RNA viruses

Assistant Professor in arbovirologyFlorida Medical Entomology Lab, University of Florida

Vero Beach, FL

Tracy Langkilde, Ph.D.
 
September 2005 - August 2007
Sponsor: Professor David Skelly, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
 
Research: Incorporating evolutionary theory into biodiversity conservation: how rapidly and effectively can native communities evolve to minimize the impact of invasive species?

Associate Professor and Head of BiologyDepartment of Biology, Pennsylvania State University,

University Park, PA

Margaret Evans, Ph.D.

Personal Website

September 2005 - July 2006;
July 2007 - August 2008
Sponsors: Michael Donoghue, G. Evelyn Hutchinson Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Stephen Stearns, Edward P. Bass Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
 
Research: Research in basic and applied plant evolutionary ecology, particularly in the fields of life history evolution, demography and population modeling

Assistant Research Professor, EEB and DendrochronologyDepartment of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

Helen Nguyen, Ph.D.
 
June 2005 - May 2007
Sponsor: Menachem Elimelech, Professor in Environmental Engineering
 
Research: Adsorption of genetic materials to soil minerals: implications for horizontal gene transfer in the environment

Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, IL

Craig Layman, Ph.D.

Lab Website

July 2004 - June 2006

Sponsor: David Post, Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Research: To address (1) does ecosystem size affect food chain length in Caribbean estuaries, and if so (2) which measure(s) of ecosystem size (e.g. water volume of estuaries, catchment surface area, amount of tidal flow, or “resource “shed” – the total area from which an ecosystem derives resources) is most useful in accounting for differences in FCL.

Associate Professor, Department of Applied Ecology, North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC

Gregory Dietl, Ph.D.

August 2004 - July 2006

Sponsor: Derek Briggs, Professor, Department of Geology & Geophysics

Research: Circumstances under which evolution occurs with particular interest in arms races between species in evolution

Director of Collections, Paleontological Research Institute & Adjunct Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Stephen Meyers, Ph.D.
 

Lab Website
 

October 2003 - September 2005

Sponsor: Mark Pagani, Professor, Geology & Geophysics

Research: Quantifying Holocene climate response to the North Atlantic oscillation; the origin and stability of centennial-millennial scale cyclicity in quaternary

Assistant Professor, Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Madison, WI

Benjamin Twining, Ph.D.

Personal Website

August 2003 - July 2005

Sponsor: Gaboury Benoit, Professor, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Research: Use of a combination of synchrotron-based x-ray fluorescence microscopy, AAS/and/or ICP-MS, and voltammetric techniques to study the factors controlling the accumulation of metals by estuarine biota

Senior Research Scientist & Director of Research and EducationBigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

East Boothbay, ME

Amy Russell, Ph.D.
 

Personal Website

August 2003 - July 2005

Sponsor: Anne Yoder, Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Research: Evolutionary history and biogeography of chameleons in a megadiversity hotspot

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Grand Valley State University

Allendale, MI

Susanna Remold, Ph.D.

October 2002 - September 2004

Sponsor: Paul Turner, Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Research: Environmental heterogeneity and the evolutions of genetic architecture in viruses; career consequences of expertise with mammalian pathogens

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

Klaus Meiners, Ph.D.

January 2003 - December 2004

Sponsor: John Wettlaufer, Professor, Geology & Geophysics

Research: The ecology of frozen oceans - controls on primary production in sympagic communities

Research Scientist, Sea Ice EcologyAustralian Antarctic Division’s Climate Processes and Change program & Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Center’s Ecosystem Impacts program

Jenney Hall, Ph.D. August 2002 - July 2004

Sponsor: Karl K. Turekian, Sterling Professor of Geology & Geophysics

Research: Paleoceanographic and climate change reconstruction over various time scales

 
Jeremy Redman, Ph.D.
 
July 2001 - June 2003

Sponsor: Menachem Elimelech, Roberto C. Goizueta Professor of Chemical Engineering; Professor, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Research: Bacterial transport in aquatic systems; interpreting microbial deposition patterns

Lecturer, Civil Engineering & Construction Engineering Management Department, California State University at Long Beach

Long Beach, CA 

Luciano Beheregaray, Ph.D. July 2001 - June 2003

Sponsor: Gisella Caccone, Director, ECOSAVE Conservation Genetics Laboratory; Lecturer, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Research: Evolution and conservation of Giant Galápagos Tortoises; patterns of diversification in Amazonian fishes

ARC Future Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University

Adelaide, South Australia

Campbell Webb, Ph.D.
 

Personal Website

September 2000 - August 2002

Sponsors: Mark Ashton, Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology, Director of School Forests; and Michael Donoghue, G. Evelyn Hutchinson Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Research: Comparative phylogenetic structure of rain forest tree communities

Research Associate, Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University

Kalimantan, Indonesia

Claudio Ciofi, Ph.D.

July 2000 - June 2002

Sponsors: Dr. Gisella Caccone, ECOSAVE Conservation Genetics Laboratory and Lecturer, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; and Jeffrey Powell, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Research: Genetics and ecology of island reptiles; established long-term collaboration with both US and foreign Institutions aimed at the management and conservation of endangered species

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Florence

Firenze, Italy

Ofer Ovadia, Ph.D.

Lab Website

July 1999 - June 2001

Sponsor: Oswald Schmitz, Oastler Professor of Population & Community Ecology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs,  School of Forestry & Environmental Studies; Professor,  Ecology/Evolutionary Biology

Research: Effect of state-dependent decision making of individual herbivores on food web dynamics

Lecturer in Ecology & Evolution, Ben‑Gurion University of the Negev

Be’er Sheva, Israel

Douglas Gollin, Ph.D.

Personal Website

July 1999 - June 2001

Sponsor: Professor Robert Evenson, Economic Growth Center

Research: Impact of international agricultural research on the sustainable production of crops; management of materials in agricultural gene banks

Professor of Development Economics, Department of International Development, Oxford University

Oxford, England

Joseph Kiesecker, Ph.D.

July 1997 - June 1999

Sponsor: Professor David Skelly, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Research: Disease ecology – investigating the influence of fungal pathogens on the distribution of larval amphibians and dynamics of their communities

Lead Scientist, Conservation Lands Team, The Nature Conservancy

Past YIBS Postdoctoral Associates

 
  Dates Faculty sponsor & research focus Where are they now?

Federico Spada, Ph.D.

Personal Website

July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2012

Sponsor: Sabatino Sofia, Professor, Astronomy

Research: Solar structural variability and its influence on Earth climate

Karl Schwarzschild Fellow,
Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

Potsdam, Germany

Berat Haznedaroglu, Ph.D. May 1, 2010 - April 30, 2012

Sponsor: Jordan Peccia, Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering

Research: Microalgae lipid analysis and bioinformatics

Assistant Professor, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Bogaziçi University

Istanbul, Turkey

Li-Qing, Jiang, Ph.D.
 

Personal Website

March 2010 - February 2011

Sponsor: Peter Raymond, Associate Professor, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

ResearchThe impact of seasonal hypoxia on carbon dioxide in large estuarine systems – a case study of the Long Island Sound

Assistant Research Scientist
Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites, University of Maryland

College Park, MD

Philip Larese-Casanova, Ph.D.
 

Lab Website

August 10, 2009 - August 9, 2010

Sponsor: Ruth Blake, Professor, Department of Geology & Geophysics

Research: Improving bioremediation of groundwater contamination using

δ 18O stable isotope signatures

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Henry Wilson, Ph.D. July 20, 2009 - July 19, 2011

Sponsor: James Saiers, Professor of Hydrology and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and Professor of Chemical Engineering

Research: Determining the role played by hydrological events in mediating dissolved organic matter (DOM) dynamics and related in-stream processes

Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Brandon, Manitoba

Chad Vecitis, Ph.D.
 

Lab Website

March 16, 2009 - March 15, 2011

Sponsor: Menachem Elimelech, Roberto C. Goizueta Professor of Chemical Engineering; Chairman, Chemical Engineering & Director of the Environmental Engineering Program; Professor, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Research: Anti-microbial activity of single-walled carbon nanotubes, with investigations into membrane stress mediated toxicity

Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering
School of Engineering & Applied Sciences & Center for the Environment, Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Alexander Jih-Pai Lin, Ph.D.

August 1, 2008 -
July 31, 2010

Sponsor: Derek Briggs, William Beinecke Professor of Geology & Geophysics

Research: The uniqueness of Cambrian paleoecology and closure of the Cambrian taphonomic window

Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, National Taiwan University

Taipei, Taiwan

Linda Puth, Ph.D.

August 2002 -
July 2004

Sponsor: Professor David Skelly
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Research: Putting the parts together: A holistic treatment of invasion

Lecturer in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University

New Haven, CT