Dr. Alycia Lackey - Principal Investigator
B.S. in Biology - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D. - Michigan State University.
Postdoc - Murray State University
Postdoc - Binghamton University
Alycia (she/her) has always been fascinated by the interplay between how populations respond to their environments and how new species evolve. Throughout her career, she has worked with spadefoot toads, stickleback fish, mole salamanders, and Rhagoletis flies and their parasitoid wasps.
In addition to research, teaching, and mentoring, Alycia loves being outdoors to hike and kayak, dancing (salsa, hip hop, and ballet), and spending time with her family.
Sophia Anner - Ph.D. student
B.S. in Biology - University of Denver
Sophia (she/her) is interested in the interactions between sexual selection and natural selection, especially through the lens of behavior and communication. As an undergraduate, Sophia studied maternal effects and courtship interactions in the Pacific field cricket and upon graduating, she continued working with the crickets as a lab tech investigating the effects of anthropogenic noise. Sophia plans to research courtship interactions and species divergence.
Outside of the lab, Sophia enjoys cooking, climbing, backpacking, and embroidering!
Shayna Rosenbloom - Ph.D. student
B.A. in Environmental Biology - Washington University in St. Louis
Shayna (she/her) is interested to understand how genetic and genomic variation in populations can impact adaptation across geographic and temporal gradients, especially in response to climate change. Her undergraduate work addressed questions about rapid evolution and sexual selection in the Trinidadian Guppy. Shayna is motivated to apply her future work to conservation.
Outside of research, Shayna likes to spend as much time outside as possible, hiking and exploring the outdoors. She also loves to cook, read, and play with her cat.
Alyssa Gebhardt - Undergraduate researcher
B.S. in Biology, 2024
Alyssa (she/her) is interested in how animals adapt to their environments, especially genetic and behavioral responses. She is currently working with Rhagoletis flies to understand how adaptation to different environments may affect fecundity.
Alyssa enjoys hiking, painting, yoga, and finding new coffee shops.
Alex Scheper - Undergraduate researcher
B.S. in Biology, 2023
Alex (he/him) is interested in the effects of climate change on our natural world, especially the ability of species to rapidly evolve to these rapid changes. He hopes to understand various ecosystem responses to climate change as well as conservation strategies.
In his free time, Alex likes to cook, spend time outside, and explore new parts of the city.
Alyssa Wilson - Undergraduate researcher
B.S. in Biology, 2023
Alyssa (she/her) is interested in the impact that animals have on local ecosystems and agriculture as well as how those environments shape animal populations.
Alyssa enjoys spending time with her dog, horseback riding, golfing, baking, and drawing digital art.