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

Most of us are young and energetic.

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 involves data science, museum curations, and the genomics and evolutionary genetics of the Water Shrew Sorex palustris. You can find our more information about Danielle's research on her website.

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 investigates the demographic history and species delimitation in yellow bats using a combination of morphological, environmental, and genomic data. More information about Sydney's research is available on her website

Shelby Moshier

Shelby joined the lab in the Fall of 2020 in the middle of a global pandemic! Before joining the lab, she completed a Master's degree in the lab of Joshua Reece. Shelby is interested in migration; in particular she hopes to develop a quantifiable measure of migratory status and identify the species traits that are associated with this life history. More information about Shelby's research can be found on her website.

Jesse Wallace

Jesse participated in the 2018 EEOB Next-gen REU and worked with Megan Smith sequencing invertebrates that live in leaf litter from the Pacific Northwest for an undergraduate research project. After spending a few years working as a technician in Michigan, we are excited to have her back in the lab to conduct dissertation research on the landscape genetics of invasive species.

Tamaki Yuri

Dr. Yuri 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.

Jordan Satler

Dr. Satler developed the first method for quantifying phylogeographic concordance and analyzed SNP data from ~6 species of arthropods that are associated with Sarracenia. After doing a postdoc with Tracy Heath and John Nason at Iowa State University, Jordan is now back at OSU acting as a senior postdoc who is helping out with nearly all aspects of our lab research. More information about Jordan's research is available on his website.

Kaiya Provost

Dr. Provost earned her doctorate at the American Museum of Natural History where she worked on a comparative phylogeography project involving birds in the deserts of western North America. She is currently working on a project that seeks to analyze bird song recordings to investigate geographic patterns. More information about her interests can be found on her website.

Flavia Mol Lanna

Dr. Lanna joined the lab in the Fall of 2018 after she completed a Master's degree at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte working in the Garda lab. Her dissertation project applied big data to explore adaptation to and radiation within the Dry Diagonal of South American. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher on our Dimensions of Biodiversity project that investigates adaptation in the Brazilian Dry Diagonal. More information about Flavia can be found here.

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 former students and 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 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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