Assistant Professor

Marko J. Spasojevic

Ph.D. 2010 University of California Irvine, Irvine CA. School of Biological Sciences. Dissertation: “Species, trait, and phylogenetic associations in the alpine tundra: insights into the processes that affect community composition”. Advisor: Dr. Katharine N. Suding

B.S. 2004 University of Washington, Seattle WA. Major: Biology (Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation)

A.S. 2002 Shoreline Community College, Seattle WA.


Research Interests: Community assembly, Plant functional traits, Biogeography, Global change, Plant-Soil interactions, Plant hemiparasites.

Pronouns: He/Him/His

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Postdoctoral Researchers

Sisimac Duchucela

B.S. Catholic University of Ecuador, (Spanish: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador)          Quito, EC. School of Biological Sciences, 2011

M.Sc. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI. School for Environment and                   Sustainability. Focus: Conservation Ecology, 2015
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin. Department of Geography and the Environment.                      Dissertation: Land-use transitions in Andean highlands: Ecological and                                    socioeconomic perspectives on landscape restoration, Advisor: Dr. Kenneth                            Young. 2022


Research Interests: Biogeography, Community Ecology, Climate change, Conservation ecology, Ecological restoration, Environmental justice, Tropical alpine environments

Pronouns: She/her/hers

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Jonathan Henn

B.A. Biology, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, 2012
Ph.D. Integrative Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2020

Research Interests: Plant community change, restoration ecology, climate change, plant functional traits 

Pronouns: He/Him/His

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Graduate students

Jared Anderson-Huxley

B.S. 2013 Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz CA. 


Research Interests: Community Ecology, Biogeography, and Global Change Biology

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Magda Argueta Guzman
Co-advised with Quinn McFrederick

B.S. 2014. Biology, The Autonomous Metropolitan University from Mexico City (Spanish:           Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Xochimilco, Ciudad de México)
M.S. 2017. M. S., The National Autonomous University of Mexico (Spanish: Universidad              Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM).


Research Interests: Community ecology, Biogeography, Species interactions, Pollinators and their associated microbes

Pronouns: She/Her


Ariana Firebaugh Ornelas
Co-advised with Loralee Larios

B.A. Biology, 2018 B.A. Environmental Science


Research Interests: Community assembly, Coexistence, Plant functional traits, and Environmental filtering

AJ Lodge

B.A. 2018 Honors Environmental Biology, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY


Research Interests: Alpine ecology, Community ecology, Biogeography, and Global change biology

Pronouns: They/Them

Tesa Madsen-Hepp

M.S. 2018 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

B.S. 2015 Environmental Plant Science, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO 


Research Interests: Community Ecology, Arid Ecosystems, and Global Change Biology 

Erin McCann

B.S. 2011 Biology, (minors in Chemistry and Environmental Science) Wake Forest                       University, Winston-Salem N.C.


Research Interests: Community Ecology, Species distributions, and Global Change Biology


Caryn Iwanaga

B.S. In progress University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA. Major: Biology, Minor:          Computer Science

Research Interests: pollinator and plant species distributions, species interactions, and spatial patterns

Advyth Ramachandran 

B.S. In progress University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA. Major: Biology 

Research Interests: Biogeography, Global Climate Change

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Field Techs

Sena Sadri

B.S. University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA. Major: Biology, 2022


Kristen Prattipati (Undergraduate, 2020-2022)
Melissa Salguero (Undergraduate, 2020-2021)
Michel Au (Undergraduate, 2019-2021)
Dan Logan (Undergraduate, 2019-2020)
Lisa Schauer (Lab Manager, Technician 2018-2019)
Shane McFaul (Technician 2018-2019)
Miguel Solis (Undergraduate 2017-2018, Technician 2018-2019)
Martin Arceo (Undergraduate 2016-2017), in Med School  
Soren Weber (Lab Manager 2016-2018), Post Doc at Oak Ridge National Laboratory 
Hina Varachhia (Undergraduate 2018-2019)