Meet the lab.We're smart, fun, and dedicated.

Most of us are young and energetic.



Lisa Barrow

Lisa joined the lab in the Fall of 2018 as one of the inaugural postdocs in OSU's President's Postdoctoral Scholars Program. She did her Ph D at Florida State University in Emily Moriarty Lemmon's lab. Lisa is working on a predictive phylogeography project involving amphibians.

Lisa's website

Megan Smith

Megan joined the lab in the Fall of 2015 after graduating from the University of Mississippi. She worked in Brice Noonan's lab as an undergrad, and is working on a comparative phylogeography project in the Pacific Northwest Temperate Rainforest. Megan is developing new methods for species delimitation and phylogeographic analysis.

Megan's website

Drew Duckett

Before joining our lab in the Spring of 2018, Drew earned a Master's degree in Gavin Naylor's lab and worked at the Morton Arboretum. Drew is working on developing bioinformatics tools for posterior predictive simulation and genomics of Microtus for his dissertation work.

Jamin Wieringa

Jamin is co-advised by Lisle Gibbs. He's interested in using biomarkers to identify the source population of migratory tree bats (including Lasiurus spp. and Lasionycteris noctivagans) that are killed at Ohio windfarms. We hope to see more of Jamin this year so that we can take advantage of his R skills!

Jamin's website





Emanuel Fonseca

Emanuel joined the lab in the Fall of 2018 after he completed a Master's degree at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil, working in the Garda lab. His dissertation project will explore role of abiotic environmental conditions on the origin and diversification of species in the Dry Diagonal of South American.

Danielle Parsons

Danielle joined the lab in the Fall of 2018 after she completed her Bachelor's degree at the University of New Mexico where she worked in Joe Cook's lab. Her dissertation project will involve the genomics and evolutionary genetics of the Water Shrew Sorex palustris.

Flavia Mol Lanna

Flavia joined the lab in the Fall of 2018 after she completed a Master's degree at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil, working in the Garda lab. Her dissertation project will use big data to explore adaptation to and radiation within the Dry Diagonal of South American.

Sydney Decker

Sydney joined the lab in the Fall of 2019 after she completed her BS degree at Angelo State University working in Loren Ammerman's lab. Her dissertation project is still being developed, but she promises me that it will involve bats in some manner.





Tamaki Yuri

Tamaki is the Curator of the Tetrapod Collection at the Museum of Biological Diversity. Tamaki earned her Ph D at the University of Michigan and has previously worked for the University of Oklahoma, the University of Florida, and the Smithsonian.

Ivy Larkin

Ivy was part of the EEOB Next-gen REU while she was a student at Columbus State. She transferred to OSU for the Fall of 2018, and is currently working with Lisa Barrow on a project involving genetic diversity of amphibians and squamates.





Prospective student, visitor, or postdoc?

Email Bryan to discuss opportunities and potential options for funding your project.

If you are a prospective graduate student, deadlines for application to the OSU Graduate School are December 1st for the following Fall semester.

See the Alumni page for some previous visitors to the lab.





Bryan Carstens CV

A Chicago native, Bryan Carstens earned a BA in English and a BS in Zoology from Michigan State University in 1998. He earned an MS in Zoology (under the direction of Barb Lundrigan) from Michigan State University in 2001 and a Ph D at the University of Idaho (under the direction of Jack Sullivan) in 2004. He was employed as at postdoc at the University of Michigan with Lacey Knowles from 2005-2007 and as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University from 2007-2012. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University.


WE ARE EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGISTS.

We make inferences about the history of species and ecological communities using genetic, environmental and morphological data. We conduct investigations in a range of organisms: bats, insects, carnivorous plants, salamanders, willows, spiders, snails, slugs and viruses.

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