Higham Alumni

Postdocs

Aleksandra (Ola) Birn-Jeffery
December, 2012 to August, 2014

Ola obtained her Ph.D. from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) with Monica Daley.


Ola is generally interested in how animals move complex environments. In my lab, she examined the impact of habitat structure on gecko locomotion, but also examined the interaction between vision and locomotion. Ola is now a postdoc with Dr. Walter Federle at the University of Cambridge.


Click HERE for Ola's website

Dr. Bill Stewart
April, 2013 to August, 2014
Bill received his PhD from the University of California, Irvine (Adviser: Matt McHenry).


Bill conducted research on gecko adhesion while in my lab. He is currently a postdoc with Jimmy Liao at the University of Florida


Click HERE for Bill's website

Dr. Andrew Clark
2009-2010
Andrew received his PhD from the University of California, Irvine (Advisor: Adam Summers).


Currently an assistant professor at the College of Charleston

Click HERE for Andrews's website

Graduate students

Kevin Jagnandan
Graduate Student (PhD)
2012-2016

Currently a postdoctoral researcher at Chapman University with Dr. Doug Fudge

Kevin's dissertation research utilized high-speed video, force plates, and electromyography to reveal how the locomotor system of the leopard gecko, Eublepharis macularius, is used to compensate for the rapid loss of mass that occurs with tail autotomy.


Click HERE for Kevin's website

Clint Collins
Graduate Student (Ph.D.)
2012-2016

Currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Idaho with Dr. Craig McGowan.



Clint's dissertation research used gecko adhesion to test the hypothesis that novel morphological structures (toe pads) affect the evolution and ecology of gecko movement. Specifically, he quantified how adhesion varies with escape behavior in the Namib Day Gecko, Rhoptropus afer. Clint also used path analysis to examine how the coordination of movements defined locomotion across different challenges.

Click HERE for Clint's website


Kathleen Foster
2010 to 2016


Currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Ottawa with Dr. Em Standen.


Kathleen was a PhD student in my lab, and she studies the biomechanical and physiological processes underlying movement of vertebrates with the aim of understanding how organisms meet the diverse functional demands of locomotion in their environment. Her current research combines several in vivo and in situ techniques in an effort to understand how organisms alter muscle function to perform such a variety of activities.


Click HERE for Kathleen's website

Sean Harrington
Graduate Student (Ph.D.)
Joint-Doctoral Program with SDSU (Dr. Tod Reeder's Lab)


Sean's research focuses on clade diversification among pit vipers. He is interested in examining differential rates of speciation and morphological evolution among clades to identify the major processes that drive patterns of higher-level diversity in this group.

Jeff Olberding
2010-2013


Currently a PhD student at the University of South Florida with Stephen Deban

Jeff was an MS student in the Higham Lab. Jeff focused on two projects while a graduate student. First, he studied the biomechanics of obstacle negotiation in extremely fast lizards. Second, Jeff examined the mechanics of jumping in collared lizards


Click HERE for Jeff's website

Emily Kane
2009-2014

Currently an Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University

Emily was a PhD student in my lab. She focused on feeding in aquatic vertebrate systems, but she has a general interest in predatory interactions. Specifically, she examined the use of the locomotor system during prey capture in fishes to determine the dynamics of the complex integration between these systems, and how organisms rely on this integration to successfully capture prey.


Click HERE for Emily's website

Undergraduates


Elizabeth Mendoza
2015

Currently a Masters student in Daniel Moen's Lab at Oklahoma State University

There she examines how the mechanical and morphological features of the jumping apparatus in anurans of different ecological roles may be driving variation in locomotor abilities. Her research interests include: muscle physiology, biological materials, and whole organismal performance.

Click HERE for Elizabeth's website

Jennifer Shedden
2015-2016


Jen was a Chancellor's Research Fellow and Honors Student, graduating in Spring 2016

Jen is interested in terrestrial vertebrate behavior, ecology, and conservation, with a particular interest in wild canids and a lifelong fascination with California native lizards. After completing a project on the escape behavior of the granite spiny lizard (Sceloporus orcutti), a species native to the Riverside area, she plans to pursue graduate research in ecology or wildlife science

Amy Cheu
2013-2014

Currently a PhD student in Philip Bergmann's Lab at Clark University

Click HERE for Amy's website

Other Undergraduates

Azeem Rahman (2015-2016).
Angelyn Nepacena (2013-2016).
Jessica Vivas (2014-2015).
Joseph Soquiat (2013-2015).
Steven torres (2014).
Shayan Amiri (2013-2014).
Cindy Olivas (2013-2014).
Amir Azamian (2013-2014).
Kevin Dinh (2012-2014).
Stephanie Valiente (2012-2013). Sofia Iribarren (2012-2013).
Stephen Cabalatungan (2012).
Daryl Cheung (2012).
Stacy Tran (2012).
Clare O'Brien (2012).
Zachary Zboch (2011).
Christine Dumler (2010-2011).
Alice Goodman (2010-2011).
Erin Patten (2010).
Patrick Fuller (2009-2010).

Heidi Lindler (2009)
Danielle Hulsey (2009)
Katelyn Doerr (2009)