Christine W. Miller email@example.com 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 do what they do and are shaped the way they are shaped. In the past ten years, Dr. Miller received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Excellence Award for Assistant Professors, the University of Florida College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award, the national Excellence in College and University Teaching Award from the USDA, and she was recognized as an Honorary Term Professor by the University of Florida twice, in 2016 and 2019.
Ben started at Durham University for his BSc in Zoology and then moved swiftly into studying insects with a MSc in Entomology from Imperial College London. His PhD at the University of Cambridge focused on the role of parental care in driving evolutionary change. He followed his PhD with a postdoc at Michigan State University exploring adaptation of parasitoid wasps to novel hosts. Ben joined the Miller Lab in 2020 with funding from the Human Frontiers Science Program where he will be investigating how coreids adapt to the social environment (e.g. male-male competition) and how this influences host plant use.
Sam completed a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology and a B.A. in Psychology at the University of California Berkeley followed by an M.S. in Biological Sciences at Purdue University. They joined the Miller Lab as a Ph.D. student in 2018 and began studying feeding adaptations in leaf-footed bugs. Their dissertation research focuses on phenotypic plasticity in mouthpart size as well as social feeding behaviors. Sam also enjoys writing about a broad range of scientific and environmental topics for general audiences.
James completed his B.S. at Northern Arizona University in 2017 and joined us as a Ph.D. student in the fall of 2020. James has a great interest in invertebrate biology and behavior, especially as it relates to evolution and sexual selection. In the Miller Lab James is working on the evolution of phenotypic plasticity in testes and weapons. He balances his demanding research schedule with leadership, serving as the Supervisory TA for the Principles of Entomology laboratory sections, and teaching of his own laboratory section.
Steve is a proud member of the the Huron Potawatomi tribe who earned his B.S. at the University of Michigan in 2018 with a major in ecology and evolutionary biology and a minor in applied statistics. He joined us as a M.S. student in the fall of 2020. For his M.S. thesis, Steve found that autotomy, limb loss, in leaf-footed bugs, has a remarkably small impact on female fitness-related traits. In fact, for a short period of time, females with autotomy experience a boost in fecundity.
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