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Chiari lab (from left to right). Hannah, Spencer, Nick, Ylenia, Kali, Nathan, Miranda, Hannah, Kristine







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, I am committed to increase participation of women 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):
yleniachiari at southalabama.edu 






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.












Nathan Katlein

I received my Bachelorís of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan in 2015. My Masters research focuses on behavioral response of lizards to different color and color patterns. My other research interests lie in understanding the relationship between variation in organism morphology, life history traits and behavior. Outside of the lab I enjoy playing video games, watching movies, and traveling whenever possible.









Undergraduate students













Miranda Ray

I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology at the University of South Alabama. While I enjoy many areas of biology, I am especially fascinated by evolutionary biology. I find it interesting to discover how two individuals of the same species can develop vast differences.

My honor thesis project project focuses on prey preference in lizards. A few of my favorite hobbies include reading, napping, baking, and running.










Kristine Alford

I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology at the University of South Alabama. I am particularly interested in both Conservation Biology and Ecology, and would like to eventually work toward protecting endangered species and their environments. I am currently administering a citizen survey to residents of Mobile and Baldwin County to inquire their familiarity with local wildlife as well as their attitudes toward conserving wildlife populations in the area. My other interests include yoga, reading, running, and anything on the water.










Kali Biddlecombe

I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Science degree with a concentration in Marine Biology at the University of South Alabama. I am interested in how species interact with each other and their environment. I am currently working on a project focusing on the conservation genetics of an endangered sea turtle species. In my free time, I enjoy reading, baking, small craft, fishing, traveling, and spending time with my family and pet.









Spencer Potter

I am currently working toward a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology at the University of South Alabama. I have a strong interest in how organisms, especially reptiles, interact with their environment. I am currently helping raise insects that will be fed to the reptiles in the lab and taking care of the reptiles too. I am also working on a project on body color change in lizards. In my free time, I enjoy video games, reading and writing stories, table top games, and caring for my bearded dragon, Xerxes.









Hannah Altonji

I am currently working toward a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Business at the University of South Alabama. My dream job is to work on wildlife rehabilitation and species conservation. I am currently helping raise insects to feed the reptiles in the lab and taking care of them. I am also working on a project on body color change in lizards. Apart from studies, I enjoy arts, concerts, outdoor exploration, and swimming.




Past Members



Graduate students:


Jared Elmore (Graduate, 2014 - 2016) 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




Undergraduate students:


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 January 2018
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