Christine W. Miller firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Miller Lab at the University of Florida
Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor in the Entomology and Nematology Department at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Organismal Biology and Ecology from the University of Montana in 2007. Dr. Miller works on the evolution of morphology and behavior, particularly in the field of sexual selection. She uses insects to understand the fundamentals of why animals are shaped the way they are shaped and do what they do. In the past several years, Dr. Miller has received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a HHMI Mentoring Award, the University of Florida Excellence Award for Assistant Professors, a national Excellence in College and University Teaching Award from the USDA, and she was recognized as an University of Florida Term Professor.
Michael Forthman, an insect systematist, joined our research team in April 2016 as a Postdoctoral Associate. Dr. Forthman received a B.S. in Biology at the University of Arkansas - Little Rock in 2008. He conducted post-baccalaureate studies in Entomology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He received a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of California - Riverside in 2016. Dr. Forthman is working towards constructing a phylogeny of the Coreidae to investigate the evolution of fighting styles and hind leg weapon diversification. View Michael's CV
Pablo Allen Monge
Pablo joined the Miller Lab in 2012 on a University of Florida Graduate Fellowship, and he completed his Ph.D. in 2017. Pablo has collected a wealth of data on the effects of nutrition, inbreeding, and density on insect morphology. He has conducted field work in Panama and the desert southwest of the United States. He has also supervised many undergraduate researchers in the process. Before coming to UF, Pablo completed a M.S. degree at the University of Costa Rica. Pablo is now conducting postdoctoral research in the Miller and Dale Labs View Pablo's CV
Ginny Greenway received a Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford in 2013, before undertaking a PhD at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Whilst there, she focused on the causes and evolutionary consequences of high rates of reproductive failure in lygaeid seed bugs. She joined the Miller Lab in 2017, and over the course of her postdoc she will investigate determinants of reproductive success and failure in coreids.
Lauren joined the lab in 2014 and completed her M.S. degree in the summer of 2016. Lauren received a UF Graduate Fellowship to continue on in the lab for her Ph.D. Lauren has collected valuable field data on our main lab study species, has taken the lead on a science education publication, and is studying factors influencing female mate choice. Before starting graduate school, Lauren served as a secondary science teacher for eight years. View Lauren's CV
Zach joined us in 2014 as a Biology Ph.D. student, co-advised with Colette St. Mary. Zach is fascinated by the interaction between natural selection and sexual selection. He is specifically examining how autotomy, the ability to drop limbs, influences, and is influenced by, sexual selection. In the summer of 2016 Zach participated in the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for US Graduate Students, traveling to Singapore to work with Daiqin Li. Zach later received the UF Research Abroad for Graduate Students Award, traveling to Australia in 2017 to work with Philip W. Bateman.
Ummat completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the Miller Lab. His Ph.D. research was funded through a University of Florida Graduate Fellowship through the UF School for Natural Resources and the Environment. Ummat has conducted extensive field work at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama, investigating animal movement, behavior, metabolism, and sexual selection. Ummat will begin a Tupper Postdoc at STRI in Fall 2018. View Ummat's CV
Daniela joined the lab as a M.S. student in 2017. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She was formerly a field research technician on the Kluane Red Squirrel Project in British Columbia, an intern at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and a REU student in Peru. Daniela is fluent in French, English, and Spanish. In the Miller Lab, Daniela will focus on understanding the influence of diet on the development of male weaponry and male-male competition.
Sara completed her M.S. at Purdue University in 2018 and joined us immediately thereafter as a research technician for Summer 2018. Sara is working on phenotypic plasticity and evolution in the mouthparts of insects. Her work will help us understand, for example, how some invasive insect species are able to make use of a wide variety of plant species during the processes of invasion.