Current Lab Members


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Andy Zink, Associate Professor, <zink_at_sfsu.edu>

Andy completed a B.A. in both Philosophy and Biology at Bowdoin College, a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution at Cornell University, and a USDA postdoctoral fellowship at UC Davis.  Andy uses mathematical models and both laboratory / field experiments to study the evolution of cooperation and conflict in social animals.


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Vivien Enriquez, Graduate Student (with Crook)

Vivien’s M.S. thesis focuses on behaviors of the Hawaiian bobtail squid in relation to the presence or absence of its bacterial symbiont Vibrio fischeri.


    

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Suzanne Pinar, Graduate Student 

Suzanne received her undergraduate degree from SFSU.  Her M.S. thesis focuses on associative learning in the maritime earwig in relation to spatial cues and landmarks.



Former Graduate Students


Jordan Greer, Graduate Student (with Vredenburg & Swei)

Jordan received his undergraduate degree from UC Riverside in Ecology and Evolution. For his M.S. thesis focused on bacterial transmission via maternal care in the maritime earwig.  He is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution at University of Chicago.


Shruti Chaukulkar, Graduate Student (with Vredenburg)

Shruti received an undergraduate degree from SFSU in Microbiology and conducted her M.S. thesis on the historical and contemporary patterns of fungal infection in California newts.  She is currently applying to Ph.D. programs in disease ecology & microbiology.


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Sofia Prado-Irwin, Graduate Student (with Vredenburg)

Sofia received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College. For her M.S. she investigated the the population structure of Ensatina e. xanthoptica in relation to its microbial communities. Sofia is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolution at Harvard University.


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Mae Cowgill, Graduate Student (with Vredenburg)

Mae received her undergraduate degree from UC Davis. For her M.S. she conducted field experiments on social behavior, fungal disease, and immunity among Batrachopseps luciae salamanders. Mae is currently working as a wildlife biologist at PG&E.


Alicia Bird, Graduate Student (with Vredenburg)

Alicia received her undergraduate degree from UCLA. For her M.S. she examined the salamander microbiomes in various Ensatina eschscholtzii subspecies and sympatric Batrachoseps speciesAlicia is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Behavioral Ecology at UC Davis.


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Kendra Ritchie, Graduate Student (with Vredenburg)

Kendra received her undergraduate degree from UCSD. For her M.S. she conducted experiments that investigated relationships between fungal disease and behavior in Batrachoseps attenuatus. Kendra is working as a field biologist for the city of  San Francisco.


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Carla Sette, Graduate Student (with Vredenburg)

Carla received her B.S. from UCLA. Her M.S. thesis at SFSU focused on the relationship between disease history and nesting behavior in Batrachoseps attenuatus salamanders. Carla is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz.


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Jon Young, Graduate Student (with Vredenburg)

Jon's M.S. thesis at SFSU involved the disease history and nesting behaviors of Batrachoseps attenuatus salamanders in the city of San Francisco.  Jon is now a staff zoologist for the Presidio, SF.


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Ryan Tate, Graduate Student.

Ryan received his undergrad degree from UC Davis and conducted his M.S. thesis on models of animal communication.  Ryan is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Behavioral Ecology at the University of Calgary.


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Julie Miller, Graduate Student

Julie received her B.S. from Brandeis University. Her M.S. thesis at SFSU focused on both conspecific and filial egg cannibalism in maritime earwigs.  Julie completed her Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell and is currently conducting a postdoc at UCLA.  


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Nicole Munoz, Graduate Student

Nicole received her B.S. from U. Minnesota. Her M.S. thesis at SFSU focused on the function of asymmetric forceps in male maritime earwigs.  Nicole completed her Ph.D. in Animal Behavior at UCLA.


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Carla DiGennaro, Graduate Student

Carla received her B.S. from U. Nevada. Her M.S. thesis at SFSU focused on female choice of male traits in maritime earwigs.  She is currently teaching biology at community colleges in Portland, OR.


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Ivan deLaTorre, Graduate Student

Ivan received his B.S. from UCLA. His M.S. thesis at SFSU focused on fililal egg cannibalism in earwigs as a response to predation risk. Ivan is currently pursuing an M.B.A. at Carnegie Mellon University.


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Chris Quock, Graduate Student (with Hafernik)

Chris received his undergraduate degree from SFSU and conducted his M.S. at SFSU on the effects of fly parasitism on the behavior of honey bees.  He now works at the California Academy of Sciences.


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Audrey Salinas, Graduate Student (with Vredenburg)

Audrey received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and was conducting her SFSU M.S. thesis on patterns of fungal disease and communal nesting in Batrachoseps gregarius salamanders.



Former Undergraduate Students


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Lena Rudolph,Undergraduate Student

Lena majored in Zoology at SFSU and was very involved in several lab projects focusing on egg cannibalism in maritime earwigs.  She is currently pursuing graduate work in physical therapy.


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Rachel Coombs, Undergraduate Student

Rachel majored in Zoology at SFSU and has been very involved in several lab projects focusing on the mating and nesting behaviors of maritime earwigs.  She is now in a Ph.D. program at U Pittsburgh.


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Eleonora Bondareva, Undergraduate Student

Eleonora majored in Biology at SFSU and was involved in a project focusing on the relationships between mating behavior, forceps asymmetry, and the genital anatomy of male maritime earwigs. 

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Michelle Davila, Undergraduate Student.

Michelle majored in Zoology at SFSU and she conducted research on patterns of cannibalism among the nymphs of the maritime earwig.  

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Wesley Sparagon, Undergraduate (with Vredenburg)

Wesley conducted his undergraduate thesis on antifungal properties of bacteria on the skin of Batrachoseps luciae and Aneides legubris.  He is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution at U Hawaii.


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Helen Butler, Undergraduate Student (with Vredenburg)

Helen conducted summer research projects on the role of group size in the spread of fungal disease in the salamander Batrachoseps attenuatus. She is now pursuing a M.S. degree in the Vredenburg lab.


Stephenie Hunyh, Undergraduate (with Vredenburg)

Stephenie recently graduated from SFSU and has been surveying California amphibians for novel pathogens.  She is working as a veterinary assistant and also applying to veterinary schools.


Emily Zepeda, Undergraduate Student (with Crook)

Emily conducted experiments on condition-dependent fighting success in the maritime earwig.  She is currently attending UC Davis where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Animal Behavior.


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Cieleau Spearmon, Undergraduate Student 

Cieleau conducted independent experiments that examined the potential for associative (spatial) learning in the maritime earwig.  She is currently an undergraduate biology major at CSU Fresno.


Adrienne Le, Undergraduate Student (with Vredenburg)

Adrienne worked on experiments surrounding bacterial transfer via maternal care in the maritime earwig.  She is currently in the M.S. program in Microbiology at SFSU, working in the Vredenburg lab.



More SFSU Undergraduates (Team Salamander)


Corinna Inmann, Maggie Montenegro, Mark Russell, Niquo Ceberio, 

Jason Helvey, Bo Heinz, Ivet Lolham, Karen Evans, Molli Bauke, 

Cecilia Frisardi, Zarina Sheikh, Jennifer Goranson, Samantha Lee, 

Dana Alazzeh, Jodie Esaki, Kristin Charles, Laurence Henson, 

Sarah Contreras, Muhammad Hasan, Kelly Hyde, Nate Estrada, 

Michael Gibson, Kurt Lutz