Dr. Barnes is currently investigating the effects of drought-tolerant plant hybrids and efficient irrigation systems for water-challenged cropping systems on plant-pest interactions
Dr. Barnes received his PhD in Integrative Biology at Oklahoma State University. His research interests include Ecology, Agriculture, Thermal Biology, Nutrition, Physiology, and Arachnology
Cody's pastimes include photography, fly fishing, birding/herping, and playing the trumpet. He also works with the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) for increasing diversity and inclusion in science.
Grace Freundlich will be joining the Schaeffer Lab in the Department of Biology, starting August 2020. She will use her background in plant secondary metabolism to study the chemical ecology of plant-pollinator-microbe interactions at the floral interface.
Shaun serves as the Department of Biology’s Graduate Programs Coordinator and liaison to the School of Graduate Studies leadership. He tracks student progress and maintains an applicant and graduate student database and files, and provides project support as needed for departmental reviews, annual faculty review and departmental nomination packets.
Shaun attended the Univsity of Brighton where he graduated with a degree in geology. He moved from London to the US in 2018
Ashlea assists with scheduling appointments and meetings, provides project support (as requested), manages operations of the main office, and is the lead contact for Biology-assigned spaces with University Facilities. She handles key requests, conducts the annual key inventory and helps the department where needed.
Matthew is a USU Graduate Student working on degrees in Computer Science and Statistics. He is currently working under Dr. Kulyukin (CS) on his master's thesis and has previously published with Dr. Kaundal (PSC).
Before coming to work for Joe Shope as a Jr. IT admin to the biology department, Matthew worked as a Linux admin and an IT migration technician.
He currently devotes most of his free time to playing candy crush and watching documentaries.
Dr. Saarman's research is interdisciplinary, applied, with some themes combining population genomics, landscape modelling and functional genomics with origins, patterns and mechanisms to link genotype and phenotype
Her teaching interests are computational biology and evolution & population genetics.
Zach diagnoses plant pest and general arthropod samples from agriculture, green industry, and homeowners. He also develops extension programming for arthropod pests of urban and structural settings and promote school integrated pest management throughout Utah.
Dr. Turano's broad research interests are: social behavior, behavioral endocrinology, and wildlife ecology. Her research at USU will investigate the biological underpinnings of pair-mate attachment in monogamous coyotes.
Kris manages the Intermountain Herbarium, overseeing the plant collection housed on campus. He assists researchers and the public with depositing specimens into the archive, obtaining samples for DNA analysis from known collections, assisting in plant identification, community outreach and keeping USU's collection updated.
His current research work is with the genus Eriogonum, xylem failure due to fire exposure, and creating a new Northern Utah Flora.
Kris' hobbies include playing guitar and bass, brewing and writing
Dr. Zhang is joining the Gompert Lab in September 2020. Her work will contribute to a project testing the ecological causes and genomic consequences of natural selection in Lycaeides butterflies, with an emphasis on selection that fluctuates in time and space. Her work will help address long-standing questions about evolutionary rates and the maintenance of genetic variation in natural populations
She will be conducting experiments to determine the genetic basis of ecologically-important traits (e.g., caterpillar cuticular hydrocarbons, cold, head and desiccation tolerance, etc.), and subsequently apply genomic prediction methods to infer the processes driving the evolution of genes underlying these traits from (whole genome) population-genomic time series data