YIBS Graduate Students

YIBS provides support for graduate students in the departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Engineering and Geology & Geophysics, Anthropology, and in the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, to students whose study and research focus on environmental issues. Disbursement of these funds is administered internally within these Departments.
 
View our recent graduate students below. For additional funding opportunity for Yale students, please visit the YIBS Small Grants Program page.
 

2013-2014 YIBS Graduate Student Support

 

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Student Research Topic Advisor

April Dinwiddle

Development and evolution of butterfly wing scales Richard Prum
Elizabeth Forrestel
 
Biodiversity and climate change in grassland ecosystems Michael Donoghue
Jacob Musser
 
Development of evolution of feather complexity Richard Prum
Amanda Subalusky
 
Wildlife-mediated subsidies and their impact on ecosystem function David Post
Daniel Wieczynski
 
Eco-evolutionary interactions and the maintenance of biodiversity David Vasseur
Derek West Influence of climate change on consumer-resource dynamics and ecosystem function David Post
 

Department of Geology & Geophysics

Student Research Topic Advisor
Shuang Zhang

Reaction kinetics between CO2-bearing solution and mafic/ultramafic rocks

Zhengrong Wang
Azusa Takeishi

Aerosol effects on atmospheric convection, with particular focus on the influence on cloud life cycle and precipitation

Trude Storelvmo
 

Environmental Engineering Program

Student Research Topic
Laura Arias-Chavezorb

Membranes for renewable energy from natural salinity gradients

James Gutierrez

Micro-algae cultivation for biofuels

Sarah Swan

Biofilm formation and biofueling mechanisms

Thomas Kwan

Optimization of catalyst for extraction of fatty acid from biofuel

Amanda Lounsbury

Green approaches for selen removal from wate

Leanne Paquini

Bacterial toxicity of carbon nanotube

Candice Peligra

Polymer-ZnO composite materials for renewable solar energy

Devin Shaffer

Membrane desalination of high salinity brines

Anthony Straub

Membrane-based process for converting waste heat to electricity

Marissa Tousley

High selectivity membranes for environmental applications

Jamila Yamani

Novel absorption processes for removal of arsenic from water

 

2012-2013 YIBS Graduate Student Support

 

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Student Research Topic Advisor
Alex Dornburg Evolution and Systematics of Reef Fish Thomas Near
Elisabeth Forrestel The Effects of Phylogenetic and Functional Diversity in Plants on Ecosystem Function Michael Donoghue
Natalie Pilakouta Environmental Causes and Evolutionary Consequences of Plasticity in Female Mate Preferences Suzanne Alonzo
Jason Shapiro The Evolution of Communication and Its Role in Infectious Disease Evolution and Dynamics Paul Turner
Amanda Subalusky Wildlife-mediated Subsidies and Their Impact on Ecosystem Function David Post
Derek West Interacting Effects of Initial Conditions David Post
 

Environmental Engineering Program

Student Research Topic Advisor
Lindsay Soh Single-Pot Extraction and Transesterification of Algae Biomass for Fuel Production Menachem Elimenech
Kyle Bibby Viral Metagenomics for Determining the Diversity of Human Viruses Emitted to the Environment from Wastewater Effluent Jordan Peccia
Wenqing Xu Black Carbon-Catalyzed Degradation of Organic Contaminants by Sulfides in Marine Sediments Joseph Pignatello
Laura Hoover Design of New Membranes for Energy Production Menachem Elimelech
 

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Student Research Topic Advisor
Matthew Archer The Relevance of Eco-Marxism in Modern Chinese Environmental Governance  
Kandice Harper   Karen Hebert
Jennifer Hoyle Quantifying and Comparing Benefits of Source Water Protection Strategies Used to Manage Sediment Export from New York City Water Supply Watersheds James Saiers
Coco Liu Health Impacts from Forest Fires Under Climate Change in the Western United States Michelle Bell
Dan Maynard Will Climate Warming Accelerate Termite-Mediated Wood Decomposition in the Eastern United States Mark Bradford
Natalie Schultz Exploring Forests’ Role in Climate Change Mitigation Xuhui Lee
Noah Sokol Ecosystem Consequences of Forest Invasions:  The Underground Story Mark Bradford
Nikki Springer   Alex Felson
Bryan Yoon Dissolved Organic Carbon Uptake Rate Analysis Using Optical Sensors Peter Raymond
 

Department of Geology & Geophysics

Student Research Topic
Matthew Davis How Mammalian Fauna has Changed Through the Last 40,000 Years Through Today in Order to Better Understand Current Biodiversity Losses
Peter Douglas Determine if Changes in the Hydrologic Cycle Played During the Demise of the Classic Maya Civilization Involving the Application and Analysis of Paleoclimate Proxies and Requires Heavy Use of the Earth System Center for Stable Isotopic Studies

 

2011-2012 YIBS Graduate Student Support

 

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Student Research Topic Advisor
Alex Dornburg Evolution and Systematics of Reef Fish Thomas Near
Elisabeth Forrestel The Effects of Phylogenetic and Functional Diversity in Plants on Ecosystem Function Michael Donoghue
Andre Hodgins-Davis Evolution of Phenotypic Plasticity and Gene Expression Jeffrey Townsend
Jason Shapiro The Evolution of Communication and Its Role in Infectious Disease Evolution and Dynamics Paul Turner
Derek West Interacting Effects of Initial Conditions and Climate Change on Consumer-Resource Dynamics and Ecosystem Function in Lakes David Post
Erica Westerman Influence of the Environment on Reproductive Patterns of Benthic Communities and of Social Interactions on Mating Behavior and Mate Choice in Butterflies Antonio Monteiro

 

2009-2010 YIBS Graduate Student Support

 

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Student Research Topic Advisor
Cynthia Chang Ecosystem function in the tall grass prairie Melinda Smith
Natasha Kelly Honest male display, paternal care and female choice Suzanne Alonzo
Andrea Hodgins-Davis Population genetic diversity in gene expression reaction norms among natural isolates of S. cerevisiae Jeffrey Townsend
Richard Harrington Species delimitation and phylogeny using gene trees and the multi-species coalesecent Thomas Near
Erica Westerman The effect of female experience on mating patterns in the butterfly Bicyclus anynana Antonio Monteiro
Christen Bossu Linking population genetic patterns of hybridization to reproductive isolating mechanisms in darters: Systematics and reproductive isolation, population genetics, phylogeography Thomas Near
 

Department of Geology & Geophysics

Student Research Topic Advisor
Adam Behike Phylogeny of Cretaceous marine lizards (mosasaurs): origin, diversification and extinction in the marine realm; Cretaceous biogeography and epicontinental sea geochemistry Jacques Gauthier
Rachel Racicot Phylogeny of (endangered) delphinoid whales, species diversity, disparity, ontogenetic and individual variation, and patterns of extinction Jacques Gauthier
 

Environmental Engineering

Student Research Topic Advisor
Jui Shan (Shan) Yong

Engineered osmosis for green production of power and low energy desalination

In these novel membrane-based processes, osmosis is cleverly exploited to tackle the global need for affordable clean water and inexpensive sustainable energy.

Menachem Elimenech
Lindsay Soh

Fate and transport of sucralose in the environment

Research will include assessing the concentrations of sucralose in wastewater, surface waters, and drinking water, as well as identifying by-products of any treatment processes.

Julie Zimmerman
Denina Hospodsky Integrating aerosol physics with bacterial and fungai phylogenetics to describe the origins and sources of airborne bacterial in the atmosphere and indoor environment Jordan Peccia
Ning Dai Understanding nitrosamine and nitramine formation during amine-based carbon capture William Mitch
 

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Student Research Topic Advisor
Catherine Fontana

Advancing the understanding of the carbon cycle:  Does climate history affect rates of microbially-mediated respiration?

Mark Bradford
Mary Rogalski

Using freshwater zooplankton metacommunities as barometers of long term ecological integrity

David Skelly
Steven Brady Road induced dynamics in wetland dwelling amphibians David Skelly
Alder Keleman Local Purchase and Local Diversity: Synergies for conserving agrobiodiveristy and alleviating hunger Michael Dove
Sarah Osterhoudt Uncertain Landscapes: Cyclones, Trade and Land-Use in Northeastern Madagascar Michael Dove
Troy Hill Ecosystem State Change in Coastal Wetlands: Causes and Consequences Shimon Anisfeld
Jeffrey Chow Economic Analysis of Protective Benefits from Mangrove Forests in Vietnam Robert Mendolsohn
Jennifer Miller Impacts of a changing climate on predator-prey relationships and human-wildlife conflict in northwestern India Oswald Schmitz
Ashley Keiser Exploring the soil microbial community: functional convergence in common environments and the consequences Mark Bradford
Curt DellaValle Development of a Spatial Aeroallergen Model and the Association of Aeroallergen Concentrations on Asthma Symptoms Michelle Bell
Na Xu Effects of Land Use and Agricultural Management on Soil-Carbon Leaching and Liability James Saiers

 

2008-2009 YIBS Graduate Student Support

 

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Student Research Topic Advisor
Jean Eric Rakotoarisoa Historical biogeography, phylogeography of Malagasy rodents, conservation biology, niche modeling Jeffrey Powell
Erem Kazancioglu Fish reproduction; alternative reproductive tactics; sex change; modeling techniques Suzanne Alonzo
Sara Carlson Evolution of plant development; systematics and evolution of fruiting structures in Dipsacaceae Michael Donoghue
Jura Pintar Mathematical and conceptual foundations of evolutionary theory; individuation of biological entities (especially organisms and characters); short-term vs. long-term evolution Gunter Wagner
Natasha Kelly Honest signaling, alternative male reproductive behaviours and life history strategies Suzanne Alonzo
Cynthia Chang Community and ecosystem ecology, plant population biology, invasion biology Melinda Smith
 

Department of Geology & Geophysics

Student Research Topic Advisor
Keith Laskowski Interaction between climate, glaciation and uplift in tectonically activev mountain belts, such as the Chilean Andes Mark Brandon
Jakob Vinther Early animal evolution, specifically on the divergence of annelids and mollusks, using molecular biological methods on modern organisms and the fossil record to understand how these two distinct invertebrate groups diversified in a markedly changing biosphere Derek Briggs
 

Environmental Engineering

Student Research Topic Advisor
Anna S. Brady-Estevez

Carbon nanotube based filter for removal of viral and bacterial pathogens from water

Menachem Elimenech
Lindsay Soh

Fate and transport of sucralose in the environment

Research will include assessing the concentrations of sucralose in wastewater, surface waters, and drinking water, as well as identifying by-products of any treatment processes.

Julie Zimmerman
 

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Student Research Topic Advisor
Noah Aloysius Water and land resourcecs planning and managagement and satellite remote sensins James Saiers
Dwi Astiani The effect of land use and global climate change on the ecology of peat swamp forests in West Kalimantan, Indonesia Lisa Curren
Jennifer Baka Jatropha and the social impacts of biofuels in developing countries Robert Bailis
Stephen Brady How local environmental variation generates genotypic mosaics within metapopulation structures David Skelly
Adrian Cerezo Environmental Education Stephen Kellert
Jeffrey Chow Climate change impacts and potential amelioration and forest management in developing countries Robert Mendolsohn
Heather Clark Anthropogenic perturbation of the chlorine biogeochemical cycle Gaboury Benoit
Dylan Craven The role played by plant physiological characteristics in modulating species composition of tropical secondary forests along environmental gradients Graeme Berlyn
Keita Ebisu Traffic exhaust dispersion modeling and the impacts of PM2.5 land use on health using ArcGIS and satellite imaging Michelle Bell
Maya Leonard-Cahn How patterns of species interactions relate to community structure, especially with regard to ecosystem stability, resistance and resilience Oswald Schmitz
Sarah Osterhoudt Globalism, environmental anthropology and the vanilla bean trade in Madagascar Michael Dove
Joo Young Park Industrial Ecology Marian Chertow
Sara Smiley Smith Environmental health and safety John Wargo
Yaniv Stopnitzky Environmental resource and development economics Robert Mendolsohn
Xin Zhan Regional air pollution and climate change Xuhui Lee