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People

Chiari lab - Fall 2019 - From left to right: Lauren, Emma, Michael, Nick, Ylenia, Nathan, Mary, Soukaina, Sarah











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, on the impact of human activities, such as pollution, deforestation, captivity, and urbanization on reptiles and fish, and on the molecular basis of variation in longevity and cancer resistance in vertebrates.

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 and my Masters at the same University in 2019. I am currently a PhD student at George Mason University. My PhD project focuses on adaptation to hatchery conditions in fish. My Masters project focused on environmental influences on genetic diversity in the Alabama red bellied turtle. As an undergraduate student, I have also been working on projects focusing on the evolution of color patterns in geckos. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, playing rugby, and most anything that will keep me outdoors.




















                Undergraduate students






Michael Chavez




  Emma McAllum



Keith Keel




Mary Floyd
















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 August 2019
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