Chris A. Hamilton

Chris HamiltonNSF PRFB Postdoc Fellow
Email: chamilton@flmnh.ufl.edu
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Hannah Owens

Hannah OwensNSF PRFB Postdoc Fellow
Email: howens@flmnh.ufl.edu
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Emmanuel Toussaint

Emmanuel ToussaintPostdoctoral Fellow
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Deborah Triant

Deborah Triant
Postdoctoral Fellow

 

 

Muhammad Z. Ahmed

Muhammad Z. AhmedPostdoctoral Fellow
Email: zaheerento@gmail.com
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I am interested in how species are interacting and how interactions influence the biology, ecology and genomes of interacting species with main focus on Endosymbiosis.


Shigeki Kobayashi

Shigeki KobayashiVisiting Postdoc

 

 

 

Jesse Breinholt

Jesse BreinholtPost Doctoral Associate
E-mail: jbreinholt@flmnh.ufl.edu

The core of my research interests is based in phylogenetics and population genetics. Through the use of phylogenetics and population genetics I address my interests in evolution, conservation biology, and taxonomy. I specialize in working with crustaceans specifically fresh water crayfish. My work in the Kawahara lab will focus on Lepidoptera evolution. My main focus in the Kawahara lab is developing bioinformatic scripts for Lepidoptera Phylotranscriptomic anaylysis. Below Is a link to tip and scripts I have been developing for use on the UF High performance computing cluster.

UF HPC Tips and Scripts


Kelly Dexter

Kelly DexterLab Manager
Email: kelly.dexter@outlook.com
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Samm Epstein

Samm EpsteinVolunteer Manager & Research Assistant
Email: sammwehman@gmail.com

As a lab technician, I assist with and supervise various projects we do here in the Kawahara lab. I also manage an amazing team of dedicated volunteers that help us achieve so many of our research goals. Some of the main projects I am focused on include creating, updating, and organizing the wing voucher and molecular collection and database, rearing luna moth (Actias luna) and Falco (Xylophanes falco) caterpillars for moth & bat interactions, and doing behavioral/mating experiments with adult luna moths. I also work in Jaret Daniel’s lab assisting with fieldwork surveying native milkweed in Florida.

My main interests are in the areas of conservation, and public outreach/education. Some of my past research has involved monitoring endangered shorebirds, and studying the monarch migration, both in southern New Jersey. I am still extremely passionate about monarchs, especially in a time when their migration is threatened by agricultural pesticide use, climate change, and loss of habitat. Please help out by planting some native milkweed! I feel that it’s not only important to study science and conduct research but to share and educate the general public in order to help make an impact in protecting wildlife and our planet.

I also manage my own art business and am usually painting pet portraits and creating animal artwork in my free time. You can check out my website here.


Marianne Espeland

Marianne EspelandPostdoctoral Fellow


Karina Harris

Karina HarrisUndergraduate Student


Geena Hill

Geena HillLab Coordinator & Research Assistant
Email: ghill@flmnh.ufl.edu

As the lab coordinator, I manage the social media for the lab, coordinate volunteer work, organize lab outings and travel plans, and maintain greenhouses that hold host plants for caterpillar rearing. I also spend my time as a research assistant and have focused my research on geometric morphometrics in the Saturniidae family. While supervising prior high school student, Minjia Zhong, we were interested in how selection was acting on various wing types and if there is a specific wing type that is being favored and allowing for higher success rates – i.e. evading bat predation. I oversee other various projects in the lab that involve hawkmoth ultrasound experiments and luna moth mating experiments. In the past, I have assisted graduate students with field work in Hawaii and Peru, and have led a student trip in southern Arizona.

Additional past research has been focused on wildflower conservation on roadsides and backyard pollinator studies. More recently, I work as the taxon recovery assistant for a Disney conservation grant, which involves conserving at-risk butterflies in peninsular Florida and southern California. I aspire to continue my studies in the conservation field, and hope to focus on plant-insect interactions.

Stacey Huber

Stacey HuberLepNet coordinator


Qianju Jia

Qianju JiaMaster’s Student


Emily Johns

Emily JohnsHigh School Student


Ga-Eun Lee

Ga-Eun LeeVisiting Researcher


Tatum Norrell

Tatum NorrellUndergraduate Student


Francesca Ponce

Francesca PonceHHMI Undergraduate Fellow


Cassandra Romero

Cassandra RomeroUndergraduate Student


Jillian Sullivan

Jillian SullivanUndergraduate Student


Yuxin Zhang

Yuxin ZhangHigh School Student


Minjia Zhong

Minjia ZhongMu Alpha High School Fellow