Students and Associates - Barnosky Lab

Visiting Scholar

Emily Lindsey paleoecology, extinction, and global change

Current Graduate Students

Doctoral Degrees in Progress (Barnosky as Major Advisor)

Natalia Villaviencio (started Fall 2011) Paleoecology (Barnosky Major Advisor)

Zixiang Zhang (started Fall 2014) (Barnosky Major Advisor)

Nicholas Spano (started Fall 2014) (Barnosky Major Advisor)

Eric Holt (started Fall 2015) (Barnosky Major Advisor)

Current Undergrads in the Lab

Contact us if you are interested in research opportunities

Doctoral Degrees in Progress (Barnosky as Orals or Dissertation Committee Member)

Lucy Chang,Department of Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley

Renske Kirchholtes, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley

Cheryl Hojnowski, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California at Berkeley

Felix Ratcliff, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California at Berkeley

Kelly Iknayan, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California at Berkeley

Tristan Nuñez, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California at Berkeley

Winnie Hsiung, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley

Past Post-doctoral Students

2000-2013 Dr. Marc Carrasco.  Mammalian biogeography and evolution, MIOMAP and NEOMAP datases.

1995-97 Dr. Wendy Roberts): Biodiversity Patterns in Mountainous Environments. Mountain Research Center , Montana State University. 

Past Graduate Students

Completed Doctoral Dissertations (Barnosky as Major Advisor)

2015 Allison Stegner Spatial and Temporal Variation in Mammalian Diversity of the Colorado Plateau (USA) (Postdoctoral Fellowhsip, University of Wisconsin)

2013 Kaitlin Maguire Understanding the paleoecology and niche dynamics of mammals in the Mascall Fauna (Middle Miocene), Oregon. (Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California Merced)

2013 Emily Lindsey Taphonomy and paleecology of asphaltic Pleistocene Vertebrate Deposits of the Western Neotropics (Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship, Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, Montevideo, Uruguay)

2013 Susumu Tomiya Ecological Aspects of the Diversity Dynamics of North American Fossil Mammals (Postdoctoral position at Chicago Field Museum of Natural History)

2010 Jenny McGuire The effects of Quaternary environmental changes on Microtus distribution and morphology (Postdoctoral position at National Evolutionary Synthesis Center)

2009 Alan B. Shabel. Craniodental Morphology and Biochemistry of Africans Carnivorans: Toward a New Model of Plio-Pleistocene Hominin Evolution (Hired as lecturer, UC Berkeley).

2008 Nick Pyenson. Understanding the paleoecology and evolution of cetaceans in the Eastern North Pacific Ocean during the Neogene. (postdoctoral fellowship at University of British Columbia, then hired as Curator at Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History) (co-advised with D. Lindberg)

2007 Brian Kraatz. The Origin and Evolution of Lagomorphs in the Paleogene of Asia. (postdoctoral fellowship at American Museum of Natural History, then hired as Assistant Professor at Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA).

2005 Samantha S. B. Hopkins. Evolutionary History and Paleoecology of Aplodontoid Rodents. (2-year postdoctoral fellowship at National Evolutionary Synthesis Center; then hired as Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, University of Oregon).

2005 Edward B. Davis. External Forcing and Mammalian Macroevolution. (Postdoctoral Fellowship at Museum of Vertebrate Zoology; then hired as Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, University of Oregon )

2004 Robert S. Feranec. Ecological consequences of the evolution of key adaptations, and niche partitioning in C-3 dominated environments. (Postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, Hired as Curator of Quaternary Vertebrate Paleontology at New York State Museum)

1997 Christopher J. Bell . Microtine rodent evolution and biochronology. University of California at Berkeley Department of Integrative Biology. (Hired as Assistant Professor of Geology, University of Texas at Austin )

1997 Tina I. RouseClimate change and morphological evolution of Pleistocene Cynomys. University of California at Berkeley Department of Integrative Biology. (Hired as American Association for Advancement of Science Fellow at U.S. Agency for International Development)

Completed Doctoral Dissertations (Barnosky as Doctoral Committee Member)

2014 Andrew RushSong Diversification and Speciation in the Empidonax-difficilis-occidentalis-flavescens Complex, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley

2013 Nick Matzke, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley

2013, Theresa GriecoAdding anurans to our understanding of vertebrate dental development, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley

2013 Katie Brakora, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley

2013 Lorraine Cassaza, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley

2013 Jack Sculley, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley

2012  Lorraine Cassazza, Symbiosis in the Fossil Record: Eocene Nummulites and Pleistocene Reefs of Egypt

2011 Brian Swartz, Paleocology and evolution of stem tetrapods

2009 Jessica Blois, Ecological responses to paleoclimatic change: insights from mammalian populations, species, and communities. Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University

2008 Randy Irmis, Early evolution and biogeography of dinosaurs. Department of Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley

2004 Greg Wilson. Mammal response at the K-T boundary. Department of Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley (Hired as Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at Denver Museum of Natural History).

2000 Robert Guralnick, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley (Barnosky Committee member from 1992-1996) (Hired as Assistant Professor and Curator of Paleontology, University of Colorado)

1999 Anne Weil, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley (Postdoc at Duke University ) (Barnosky Committee member)

1998 Paul BarberPhylogeography and Gene Flow in the Canyon Tree Frog, Hyla arenicolor. Department of Integrative Biology, University of California atBerkeley (Barnosky Committee Member from 1992-1996). (Hired as Assistant Professor of Biology, Wood's Hole)

1997 Felicia Keesing. Ecological Interactions Between Small Mammals, Large Mammals, and Vegetation in a Tropical Savanna of Central Kenya .(Barnosky Committee Member from 1992-1994). (Hired as Assistant Professor of Biology, Bard College ).

1996 Jessica TheodorFunctional morphology and Phylogenetic Relationships of Paleogene Artiodactyls. University of California at Berkeley Department of Integrative Biology. (Hired as Assistant Curator of Paleontology, Illinois State Museum)

1995 Maria DeSilvaSystematics and Phylogeography of Amazonian spiny rats of the genus Proechimys (RodentiaEchimyidae). University of California at Berkeley Department of Integrative Biology.

1995 Michael Moore. Proxy records of the Indonesian Low and the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) from stable isotope measurements of Indonesian reef corals. University of California at Berkeley Department of Integrative Biology.

1994 Robert G. Dundas . The Demise of the Late Pleistocene Dire Wolf (Canis dirus): A Model for Assessing Carnivore Extinctions. University of Californiaat Berkeley Department of Paleontology.

1994 Marcia Campos LaraSystematics and Phylogeography of the spiny rat genus Trinomys (RodentiaEchimyidae). University of California at Berkeley Department of Integrative Biology.

1992 Daniel GarciaFossil mammals from the Pipestone Creeks Region, Late Eocene and Oligocene (Chadronian and Orellan), Jefferson County , Montana. University of California Department of Paleontology.

Completed Masters Theses (Barnosky as Major Advisor)

1997 Angela V. KociolekEffects of climate on ground squirrel species distribution. Montana State University Department of Biological Sciences. (Accepted into Peace Corps)

1989 Richard A. SouzaSkull and dental morphology of Pleurolicus (RodentiaGeomyidae) and a new species, Pleurolicus rensbergeri, from the Cabbage Patch beds, Tavenner Ranch , Montana . University of Pittsburgh Department of Geological Sciences. (Hired as Curator of Mineralogy at Carnegie Museumof Natural History)

Completed Masters Theses (Barnosky as Masters Committee Member)

1997 David C. Adams . Miocene calc-alkaline volcanism in southern Jackson Hole , Wyoming : Evidence of Subduction-Related Volcanism. Montana State University Department of Earth Sciences.

1997 Ernest J. Luikart. Syn- and post-Laramide geology of the south-central Gravelly Range , southwestern Montana . Montana State University Department of Earth Sciences.

1991 Kurt S. Pfaff. An Irvingtonian mammalian fauna from Trout Cave no. 2., Pendleton County , West Virginia . University of Minnesota Department of Geological Sciences.

Past Undergraduate Students

Honors Theses on which Barnosky was the Major Advisor

2011-2012 Daniel Lopez, Merging fossil and modern biodiversity data

2006-07 Cheng (Lily) Li, Cimatic effects on Ochotona princeps as manifested in morphology

2007 Ginerva Ryman. Refining mammalian range maps with habitat data

2005 Yla Tausczik. Mammalian diversity through time

2004 Jack Tseng. Miocene geomyid rodents from Split Rock, Wyoming (Tseng went on to a Ph.D. program in vertebrate paleontology at USC)

2000 Matthew Kaplan Evolutionary Response of marmots to middle Pleistocene climate change at Porcupine Cave , Colorado . (Kaplan went on for amasters degree in scientific writing from University of London )

1993 Marc Carrasco. Variation And Its Implications in a Population of Cupidinimus from Hepburn's Mesa . (Paper later published in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology). University of California at Berkeley Department of Integrative Biology Undergraduate Honors Thesis. (Carrasco went on for a Ph.D. in paleontology at Columbia University ).

1992 David Wood. Microtine Rodents and Climatic Change at Porcupine Cave , Colorado . University of California at Berkeley Department of Integrative Biology Undergraduate Honors Thesis. (Paper later published with A.D. Barnosky in Quaternary Research, 1994). (Wood went on to medical school at UCSD)

Independent Study Projects on which Barnosky was the Advisor

2011-12 Jinyoung Choe, Global Biodiversity Patterns

2011-12 Colleen Young, Archaeology on Channel Islands

2011-2012 Sarah Tulga, Morphometrics and isotope prep

2006-2009 Russ Dedon, Jeannie Bailey, Rika Setsuda, Ashley Lipps* Kelley Hale, Seth Lerner, Paleoecology of the Quaternary Pacheco, California site

2001-2003 Faysal Bibi. Biochronology of the Miocene Railroad Canyon sequence on the Idaho-Montana border.

2000 Tonya von Leuwan, Alan Shabel, Patrick Smith, Matthew Kaplan. Paleoecology and taphonomy of the middle Pleistocene Badger Room fauna,Porcupine Cave , Colorado

1994 Audrey Stephan. Sciurids from the Hepburn's Mesa Formation, Montana . Independent Study Project. (Stephan went on for a graduate degree in public health from the University of Arizona ).

1994 Angela Caldwell. Lagomorphs from the Hebpurn's Mesa Formation, Montana . Independent Study Project.

1993 Renee Garcia. Rodents from Porcupine Cave , Colorado . Independent Study Project.

1992 Robert Guralnick. Database and Computer Systems in Paleontology. Independent Study Project.

Some Honors Given To Barnosky Lab Students

2011-2014 Allison Stegner, NSF Predoctoral Fellowship, Desert Research Grant

2011 Daniel Lopez, Biology Fellows Program Scholar, McNair Fellow

2010-2012 Kaitlin Maguire, Evolving Earth Foundation Student Research Grant, National Park Service Research Fellowship

2011-2012, Susumu Tomiya, NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant

2010-2012 Emily Lindsey, Evolving Earth Foundation Student Research Grant,  George D. Louderback Award, Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research grant

2009-2012 Emily Lindsey, NSF Predoctoral Fellowship

2009 Susumu Tomiya, Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

2009 Jenny McGuire, Louderback Award

2008 Jenny McGuire Gray Endowment Summer Research Fellowship

2008-9 Jenny McGuire National Science Foundation GK-12 Graduate Fellow

2008 Jenny McGuire National Sigma Xi Grant

2007 Jenny McGuire Berkeley Sigma Xi Grant

2007 Jenny McGuireTeaching Effectiveness Award

2007 Jenny McGuire Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award

2007 Jenny McGuire UCMP Graduate Student Research Award

2007 Cheng (Lily) Li: Nathan and Violet David Scholar; LeConte Award

2006-2007 Jenny McGuire, NSF K-12 Teaching Fellow

2004-2007 Nick Pyenson: NSF Predoctoral Fellowship; NSF East Asian Summer Institute Fellowship, Louderback Award

2007 Brian Kraatz: AMNH Postdoctoral Fellowship

2006 Edward Davis, Louderback Award, UC MVZ Postdoctoral Fellowship

2006 Samantha Hopkins, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center Postdoctoral Fellowship

2005-06 Brian Kraatz, Evolving Earth Foundation Fellowship, GK-12 Fellowship, UCMP Alexander Fellowship

2005-06 Alan Shabel, Wenner-Gren Foundation Grant, UC MVZ Alexander Fellowship

2005 Jack Tseng, LeConte Award; IB Commencement Speaker, Accepted into Ph.D. program at USC (paleontology)

2005 Edward Davis, Louderback Award

2004 Samantha Hopkins, NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, Outstanding GSI

2003 Bob Feranec, NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant; MVZ Annie Alexander Fellowship; SVP Predoctoral Fellowship

2003 Faysal Bibi, Accepted into Yale Ph. D. program

2001 Edward Davis, NSF Predoctoral Fellowship

2001 Bob FeranecPaleobiological Fund Award; Sigma Xi Grant-In-Aid of Research; American Museum of Natural History Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund Grant

2001 Alan Shabel, NSF Predoctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention

2000 Marc Carrasco, NSF Postdoctoral Minority Fellowship in Biological Sciences

1999 Bob Feranec, NSF Predoctoral Fellowship Honorable Mentioin

1999 Samantha Hopkins, NSF Predoctoral Fellowship

1996 Chris Bell . Dr. Frank Elmer Peabody Memorial Fellowship.

1995 Chris Bell Regents Fellowship in Integrative Biology. UC Museum of Paleontology Samuel P. Welles and Dorothy Hampton Welles Award. Annie M.Alexander Museum of Paleontology Scholarship.

1994 Tina Rouse. American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Fellowship.

1993 Robert Guralnick. Accepted into UC Berkeley Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. program with National Science Foundation Undergraduate Fellowship

1993 Renee Garcia. UC Museum of Paleontology Undergraduate Minority Award

1993 Marc Carrasco. Museum of Paleontology Minority Undergraduate Award. Accepted into Columbia University Ph.D. program National Science Foundation Undergraduate Fellowship.

1992 David Wood. UC Museum of Paleontology Outstanding Senior Award.

1992 Paul Barber. UC Museum of Paleontology Sam Welles Award.



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