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Chiari lab (still at the University of South Alabama - 2017)







Principal Investigator








Ylenia Chiari

I am fascinated by the diversity of life and I cannot think of a better way to study this diversity than by using an evolutionary approach. I am interested in many aspects of vertebrate evolution, but my work mainly focuses on morphological evolution of reptiles and on the impact of human activities, such as pollution, deforestation, and urbanization on amphibians and reptiles.

I performed my undergraduate studies and Masters graduate work at the University of Pisa in Italy. I obtained my PhD from the University of Konstanz in Germany. I have worked in many different countries and in many different labs. As a woman scientist and as an academic mom, I am committed to increase participation of women - including the ones with children - in STEM.

In my free time, I love traveling and learning languages, reading, dancing, looking for animals, hiking, and practicing almost any kind of outdoor sport (on land or in water).

E-mail (remove spaces):
ychiari @ gmu.edu 






Graduate Research Assistant








Nathan Katlein

I am a Research Assistant in Chiari's Lab. I received my Bachelorís of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan in 2015 and my Masters from the University of South Alabama in 2018. My Masters research focused on vision and behavior in lizards. My other research interests lie in understanding the relationship between variation in organism morphology, life history traits and behavior. I currently take care of the live animals we have in the lab and I continue working on vision and behavioral ecology in lizards. Outside of the lab I enjoy playing video games, watching movies, and traveling whenever possible.







Graduate students












Nickolas Moreno

I received my Bachelors of Science from the University of South Alabama in May of 2016. I am a graduate student at the University of South Alabama. My Masters project focuses on environmental influences on genetic diversity in the Alabama red bellied turtle. In the past year, I have been working on a project focusing on the coloration and color patterns of lizards. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, playing rugby, and most anything that will keep me outdoors.























Undergraduate students




























Past Members



Graduate students:


Jared Elmore (Graduate, 2014 - 2016) Biology, University of South Alabama
Regis Burkhardt (Graduate, 2014 - 2018) Biology, University of South Alabama
Amber Simpson (Graduate, 2016) Educational Studies, University of South Alabama
Trenton O'Neal (Graduate, 2016 - 2017) Biology, University of South Alabama




Honor students:


Miranda Ray (Undergraduate, 2017-2018) Biology, University of South Alabama




Undergraduate students:


Spencer Potter (Undergraduate, 2017-2018) Biology, University of South Alabama
Hannah Altonji (Undergraduate, 2017-2018) Biology, University of South Alabama
Blake Meador (Undergraduate, 2018) Biology, University of South Alabama
Heather Paugh (Undergraduate, 2018) Biology, University of South Alabama
Hannah Hicks (Undergraduate, 2017) Biology, University of South Alabama
Austin Ray (Undergraduate, 2015 - 2017) Biology, University of South Alabama
Adam Stern (Undergraduate, 2015 - 2016) Biology, University of South Alabama
Emma Rhodes (Undergraduate, 2016) Biology, University of South Alabama
Katie Dankovic (Undergraduate, 2016) Biology, University of South Alabama
Jessica Sappington (Undergraduate, 2016) Biology, University of South Alabama
Laura Lovett (Undergraduate, 2016) Biology, University of South Alabama
Hillary Swain (Undergraduate, 2014 - 2015) Biology, University of South Alabama
Patrick Odom (Undergraduate, 2015) Biology, University of South Alabama
Danya Croft (Undergraduate, 2015) Biology and Secondary Education, University of South Alabama
Cameron Carleton (Undergraduate, 2015) Interdisciplinary Studies in Biology, Criminal Justice, and Sociology, University of South Alabama 




Volunteers:



Lyndsay Harrelson (Volunteer, 2015) High School student


Amber Simpson (Volunteer, 2015)




Last update May 2019
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