Courses Taught

Primate Evolution (ANT 6930, 4554C; ZOO 6927, 4926)
Vertebrate Paleontology: The Fossil Record and Evolution of Vertebrates (ZOO 5115; GLY 6932)
Topics in Field Geology: Florida Vertebrate Paleontology (GLY 5786)

Current Graduate Students

Rachel Narducci
PhD Student, Biology
Email: rnarducci@flmnh.ufl.edu
Pampathere brain evolution

Mitchell Reigler
Phd Student, Geology
Email: msr2322@ufl.edu
Ecology & Evolution of Squamates

María Camila Vallejo-Pareja
PhD student, Biology (co-advised with Dave Blackburn)
Email: maria.vallejo@ufl.edu
Evolution of squamates & amphibians

Lazaro Vinola
PhD student, Biology
Email: lwvl94@gmail.com
Evolution of Caribbean Vertebrates

Past Graduate Students

Natasha Vitek
UF Biology (PhD, 2019). Thesis Title: “Patterns and Drivers of Within-Species Evolution in the Paleocene-Eocene Fossil Record of Erinaceomorpha .”
Current: Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolution
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York
Email: Natasha.Vitek@stonybrook.edu

Emily Woodruff
UF Biology (PhD, 2018; co-advised with Marty Cohn). Thesis Title: “Developmental Patterning of the Mammalian Dentition and Evolution of the Diastema in Mammals .”
Current: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Human Genetics
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Email: ewoodruff@genetics.utah.edu

Paul Morse
UF Anthropology (PhD, 2018). Thesis Title: “Primates of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum in North America: Systematics, Size, and Dietary Ecology during Extreme Global Warming.”
Current: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Evolutionary Anthropology
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Email: paul.morse@duke.edu

Aldo Rincón B.
UF Geology (PhD, 2016; MS, 2011). Thesis Title: “Systematics, Biostratigraphy, and Paleobiogeography of Early Miocene Artiodactyls from the Panama Canal, Panama, Central America.”
Current: Assistant Professor, Department of Geology
Universidad del Norte, Colombia
Email: burbanof@uninorte.edu.co

Carly Manz
UF Geology (PhD, 2015). Thesis Title: “Systematics and Evolutionary Morphology of Paleogene Nyctitheriidae.”
Current: Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Email: clmanz@iastate.edu

Arianna Harrington
UF Biology (MS, 2015). Thesis Title: “The First Virtual Endocasts of North American Adapiform Primates.”
Current: PhD Graduate Student, Department of Evolutionary Anthropology
Duke University, Durham, NC
Email: arianna.harrington@duke.edu

Alexander Hastings
UF Geology (PhD, 2012). Thesis Title: “Early Paleogene Crocodyliform Evolution in the Neotropics: Evidence from Northeastern Colombia.”
Current: Fitzpatrick Chair of Paleontology,  Science Museum of Minnesota
Email: ahastings@smm.org

Edwin Cadena
UF Geology (MS, 2009). Thesis Title: “New Cretaceous and Cenozoic Fossil Turtles from Colombia and Panama; Systematic Paleontology, Phylogenetical and Paleobiogeographical Implications.”
Current: Associate Professor of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Director Earth System Science Program, Universidad del Rosario
Bogota, Colombia
Email: edwin.cadena@urosario.edu.co

Jason Bourque
UF Departments of Museum Studies and Zoology (MS, 2007). Thesis Title: “Pliocene Turtles of Florida.”
Current: Fossil Preparator at the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Email: jbourque@ufl.edu

Jonathan Hoffman
UF Geology (MS, 2006). Thesis Title: “Using Stable Carbon Isotope, Microwear, and Mesowear analyses to Determine the Paleodiets of Neogene Ungulates and the Presence of C4 or C3 Grasses in Northern and Central Florida.”
Current: Dibblee Collection Manager of Earth Science, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, California
Email: jhoffman@sbnature2.org

Stephanie Lukowski
SDSM&T Geology (MS, 2004). Thesis Title: “Evolution of Torrejonian-Tiffanian Phenacodontidae (Mammalia, Condylarthra) from the Crazy Mountains Basin, South Central Montana.”
Current: Education and Volunteer Coordinator, Museums of Western Colorado (MWC), Grand Junction Colorado
Email: steph_lukowski@yahoo.com

Past Post-Doctoral Associates

Lauren Gonzales
NSF funded Post-doctoral Associate Vertebrate Paleontology (2016-2017)
Research at UF: “Eocene Primates from the Bridger Basin, Wyoming”
Current: Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, South Carolina
Email: gonzales.lag@gmail.com

Nathan Jud
PCP-PIRE (NSF funded) Post-doctoral Associate Paleobotany (2014-2016)
Research at UF: “Cenozoic neotropical plant communities.”
Current: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, William Jewell College, Liberty, MO
Email: judn@william.jewell.edu

Jorge Velez-Juarbe
PCP-PIRE (NSF funded) Post-doctoral Associate Vertebrate Paleontology (2013-2014)
Research at UF: “Miocene Marine Vertebrates of Panama.”
Current: Assistant Curator of Marine Mammals, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Los Angeles, CA
Email: jvelezjuar@nhm.org

Aaron Wood
PCP-PIRE (NSF funded) Post-doctoral Associate Vertebrate Paleontology (2011-2014)
Research at UF: “Miocene Terrestrial Vertebrates of Panama.”
Current: Director of the Carl F. Vondra Geology Field Station
Lecturer, Department of Geological & Atmospheric Sciences
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Email: awood@iastate.edu

Ross Secord
NSF funded Post-doctoral Associate (2007-2008)
Research as UF: “Stable isotopes in early Eocene mammals as indicators of climate and forest canopy structure.”
Current: Associate Professor, Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Email: rsecord2@unl.edu