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

Most of us are young and energetic.

Ariadna Morales

Ariadna is in the fourth year of her dissertation work. Ariadna has been working on the PHRAPL project; she has written the manual, developed instructional material, and helped with the development of the code. She has also collected data from Myotis bats, and is hard at work on writing her manuscripts.

Greg Wheeler

Greg joined the lab in the Fall of 2014 after completing a MS degree in Lisa Wallace’s lab at Mississippi State University. Greg is interested in the evolution of carnivory in Sarracenia, genomics, and bioinformatics. He is currently assembling the genome of Sarracenia alata!

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.

Cole Thompson

Cole will be joining the lab in the Fall of 2017 to work on our big data for phylogeography project. She's the first MS student in the history of the Carstens lab!

Tara Pelletier

Tara recently completed her dissertation work on western Plethodon salamanders. She is now working on a postdoc project using big data in phylogeography. Tara is an expert statistician, creative with analytical methods, and is also a great field biologist when given the chance.

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Prospective student or postdoc?

Email Bryan if you are a prospective student! Deadlines for application to the OSU Graduate School are December 1st for the following Fall semester.

Carstens Lab Alumni

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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 an Associate Professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University.


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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