The Miller Lab
Dr. Daniel Sasson. Daniel completed his Ph.D. in 2015. He was advised by Dr. Jane Brockmann, but was an important member of our lab as well. Daniel worked on sperm competition in horseshoe crabs and the leaf-footed cactus bug.
Dr. Wendy Helmey-Hartman. Wendy completed her Ph.D. in 2014. She worked on sexual selection in harlequin bugs.
Dr. Jennifer Hamel. Jennifer was a postdoctoral researcher in the lab from 2012 to 2014. She is now an assistant professor at Elon University.
Allison Bechard. Allison served as a research technician in the lab from 2009-2011. After leaving the lab she began a Ph.D. in neurobiology.
Katherine Short. Katherine joined us from the University of Exeter in the UK as an international visiting scholar. Her MSc thesis work investigated chemical ecology and context-dependent attraction in the leaf-footed cactus bug, Narnia femorata.
Iain Gordon. ain jumped into our busy lab life for several months in 2011 as an international visiting scholar. He investigated the heritability of male size and weaponry as part of his MSc degree in Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology at the University of Exeter in the UK.
Aitor Alvarez-Fernandez. Aitor joined us in 2011 to conduct research for his MSc degree at the University of Exeter. His thesis investigated phenotypic correlations between male-male competitive success and male attractiveness. Aitor continued on to a Ph.D. program at Oxford University.
Luke Hein. Luke was a technician in the lab in 2011. He was tremendous help with our quantitative genetics study, putting in endless hours breeding insects and keeping them organized. He was also the lab videographer, completing two videos for the lab during his time with us.
Duncan Procter. Duncan spent part of 2010 as an international visiting scholar in the Miller lab. During this time he conducted research for his MSc degree in Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology at the University of Exeter in the UK. His thesis investigated the importance of social context for success in male-male competitions.
Grant McDonald. Grant spent part of 2010 as an international visiting scholar in the Miller lab. During this time he worked intensely with us on a genotype-by-environment project in cactus bugs. After leaving the lab he began a Ph.D. at Oxford University.
Paul N. Joseph. Paul was a graduate student in the lab from 2014 until 2017. During this time he investigated factors influencing the growth of testes and sperm characteristics.
Kevin Moore completed his B.A. in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2016. He joined us soon thereafter as a research technician. In 2017 he started a Ph.D. program at Mississippi State.
Ummat Somjee finished his Ph.D. in 2018 with Christine W. Miller as his advisor. Ummat's graduate work investigated animal movement, behavior, metabolism, and sexual selection. In 2018 Ummat accepted a prestigious three-year postdoctoral position through the Smithsonian Institute, the Earl S. Tupper Fellowship.
The Miller Lab at the University of Florida/IFAS
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