My research focuses on how species and communities respond to anthropogenic change, and understanding how evolution in deep time pre-adapts lineages to novel stressors.
I am a third year Ph.D. student, interested in the selective pressures of urban environments and how they drive adaptation. I am currently working with Anolis carolinensis populations in Texas to determine the morphological variation between urban populations and natural populations.
I am a third year Ph.D. student, interested in understanding what shapes communities from an ecological and evolutionary perspective. I aim to understand patterns of biodiversity; what processes drive diversification, species interactions, and species richness. I want to better understand why some species are more susceptible to habitat modification than others, and how we can predict which are most susceptible. Hopefully combining my interests, I can get at the question of what communities will look like in the future.
I am a first year PhD student in the Frishkoff Lab. Prior to coming here, I completed my MS in Biology with the Watling Lab at John Carroll University in 2019, where I studied the relationship between thermal biology and habitat use in terrestrial-breeding frogs in Colombia. My research interests include biogeography, thermal biology, and ecology, primarily as they relate to amphibians and reptiles.
Oscar Villasana Espinosa
I wish to explore both marine and aquatic ecosystems to better understand the interactions between human dependence on these systems and the effects on those systems by humans in order to inform on the importance of preserving these ecosystems. Sharks, crocodiles, big cats and lizards are my species of interest in respect to evolution and ecology as well as conservation of these animals to maintain stable ecosystems and preserve these species for future generations to enjoy and research.
I love biology, learning, music and my two little dogs. I hope to one day earn my PhD and be a professor
I’m currently a senior and I my key interests are in general ecology. Whenever I can I try to explore natural areas within and around DFW to get a better understanding of what lives around me.
I am passionate about learning from our environment and about our place within its ever changing system. My favorite things include traveling, interacting with nature/wildlife, coffees and teas, and learning about physics and our environment.