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

Most of us are young and energetic.



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.

Cole Thompson

Cole joined the lab in the Fall of 2017. After learning R, she's developed an analysis pipeline to compare genetic diversity in protected areas to that in unprotected areas. Her work looks as if it will have important implications to conservation, so check back in Spring of '19 for her manuscript. She's the first MS student in the history of the Carstens lab!

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!





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.

Marcos Dantas de Queiroz

Marcos is a visiting student from Brazil, where he is a Ph D student in the lab of Clarisse Palma-Silva. He is interested in Neotropical biodiversity, particularly at the Espinha├žo, a Brazilian Mountain Range well known for its prolific and endemic flora.





David Sneddon

David joined the lab in the Spring of 2018 and was awarded an Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the OSU Office of Undergraduate Research. His senior thesis will be to explore the phylogeography of microsnails from the Pacific Northwest.

Jesse Wallace

Jesse participated in the 2018 EEOB Next-gen REU . She's now working with Megan Smith sequencing invertebrates that live in leaf litter from the Pacific Northwest.

Connor Lang

Connor joined the lab in the Spring of 2018. He's working with Megan Smith on microsnails, and looking into graduate programs. He spent the summer helping Ben Stone collect Penstemon in the Pacific Northwest.

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 eager to complete her project.





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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