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Name: Michael Abraha (abraha@msu.edu)
Michigan State University
Hamilton Lab (GLBRC)
Degrees Held:
Ph.D., University of KwaZulu-Ntal, South Africa, 2010; M.Sc., Agriculture, University of Natal, 2003
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Name: Maria Aranguren Gassis (maragas22@gmail.com)
Institution: University of Vigo (Spain)
Litchman Lab
Degrees Held:
B.S., Biology, University of Navarra, 2001; M.S., Marine Sciences, University of Barcelona, 2003; Ph.D., University of Vigo, 2012
Statement: My research explores the dynamics of marine phytoplankton response to environmental change. I use laboratory experiments to reveal the evolution potential of marine phytoplankton under environmental stressors, generally attributed to ongoing climate change.

Climate change is expected to cause an increase in temperature and a decrease in nutrient concentrations in oceanic upper waters, where phytoplankton perform the vast majority of carbon and nutrient cycling. Shifts in future global phytoplankton distribution will depend on plastic and evolutionary capabilities of a number of key species, given the new environmental conditions.

With current experiments, we want to reveal patterns in the way the species niches evolve under high temperature and low nutrient concentration. This will help predict future geographical phytoplankton species distribution and enable better models of carbon and nutrient cycling in the oceans.

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/mariaarangurengassis/home


Name: Sarah Bodbyl (bodbyl@msu.edu)  Sarah_2
Kellogg Biological Station
Degrees Held: B.S., Biology, Calvin College, 2006; Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, 2012

Website: https://www.msu.edu/~bodbyl/


Name: Sarah Fitzpatrick (sfitz@msu.edu)
Department: Kellogg Biological Station
Lab: Mittelbach
Degrees Held: B.S. Highest Honors, Distinction in Research in Ecology and Evolutionary Behavior, Cornell University, 2008


IlyaName: Ilya Gelfand (igelfand@msu.edu)
Phone: 269-671-2237
Department: Kellogg Biological Station/GLBRC
Lab: Robertson
Research Interests: Biogeochemistry, biosphere atmosphere interactions
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Degrees Held: M.S. 2002, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Ph.D. 2008, Weizmann Institute of Science
Statement: My current research focuses on the sustainability of biofuel production in agriculture. Currently, I’m trying to answer the question of how much carbon production of the “green” energy costs, or how “green” is green energy? The main attempt in my current research is to combine carbon budgets of the different biofuel producing systems.The carbon budget is simply mass balance of all carbon (CO2) used to produce the biofuel in a given agro-ecosystem. For this end we are measuring soil emissions of the main greenhouse gases, using automatic chambers together with measurement of biomass production and changes in soil organic carbon concentration.

My past research has looked at the influence of afforestation of semi-arid shrubland on the soil and ecosystem N cycling.



Gering_2013Name: Eben Gering (geringeb@mail.msu.edu)
Department: Zoology/Kellogg Biological Station
Lab: Getty
Research Location: KBS
Degrees: B.A., Creative Writing, University of Arizona, 2000; B.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 2000; M.S., Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2006; Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Texas-Austin, 2013
Statement: I am interested in how organisms evolve following the colonization of novel environments. When a species expands its range or invades a new habitat, it can experience dramatically altered selective regimes. Introduced species therefore provide unique opportunities to study how the environment shapes evolution. In my dissertation research, I examined the causes of rapid evolution of female color in a damselfly that recently invaded the Hawaiian archipelago. Fieldwork and behavioral experiments revealed that: after establishment within Hawaii, increases in population densities (and attendant increases in sexual harassment) likely promoted the evolution of male-mimicking females. This finding suggests that density-dependent sexual conflicts may plan an important role in post-invasive evolution.

For my postdoctoral work at KBS, I plan to continue studies of non-native species to learn more about how evolution proceeds over short time scales, and under radically altered selection regimes.

Website: http://ebenflow.weebly.com/


HussainName: Mir Zaman Hussain (mhussai@msu.edu)
Phone: 269-671-2212
Department: GLBRC/KBS
Steve Hamilton
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Degrees Held:
M.Sc., 1999, Agriculture, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India; Ph.D., 2005, Environmental Sciences, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, India
I am an ecosystem ecologist broadly interested in the major aspects of biofuel feedstock production such as plant ecology, eco-hydrology and biogeochemistry. My research is guided by analyzing ecosystem processes with special emphasis on the interactions of plant ecosystems with the environmental perturbations. I use a variety of approaches, from field-scale measurements to ecosystem to leaf scale to soil moisture monitoring measurements, to understand the plant ecosystem processes to environmental change. Currently, I work with the ecological sustainability of the biofuel production and am mainly interested to examine the water footprints of annual, perennial herbaceous bioenergy crops and woody perennial plantations.



Name: Neville Millar (millarn@msu.edu)
Phone: 269-671-2534
Department: Kellogg Biological Station
Lab: Phil Robertson (EPRI)
Research Interests: Ecosystem Sustainability, Greenhouse Gases, Carbon and Nitrogen Biogeochemistry
Research Location: KBS
Degrees Held: B.Sc. 1994. University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK; M.Sc. 1996. University of London, UK; Ph.D. 2002. Imperial College London, UK.
Statement: My research focuses on greenhouse gas emissions and carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry, with the aim of utilizing various land management strategies to mitigate these emissions, reduce nutrient loss and promote ecosystem sustainability. My past work has looked at agroforestry practices on smallholder farms in East Africa, and the effects of elevated carbon dioxide (FACE) on crop yield and microbial communities in European grasslands.



Stahlheber_Karen_webName: Karen Nikolakakis (Stahlheber) (nikolaka@msu.edu)
Department: Kellogg Biological Station/GLBRC
Degrees Held: B.A., Environmental Studies and Biology,, Middlebury College, 2007; Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California - Santa Barbara, 2013





Name: Adam Reimer (apreimer@msu.edu)
Phone: 269-671-2237
Department: Kellogg Biological Station
Degrees Held: B.S., Wildlife, Purdue University, 2004; Master of Environmental Science, Master of Public Affairs, Indiana University, 2008; Ph.D., Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, 2012
Research Statement: Environmental challenges often stem from the interaction of natural systems and human behavior. I am broadly interested in these interactions and in particular, the impacts of political, economic, and social systems on human behavior with environmental impacts. At KBS, I am working on a coupled social-ecological systems project explorin nitrogen management in Midwestern corn agriculture. Nitrogen in the environment can have significant impacts, both on water resources and as a contributor to climate change. My previous research primarily explored conservation practice adoption by farmers, including the role of federal conservation policies on behavior.



SarahRoleyName: Sarah Roley (roleysar@msu.edu)
Phone: 269-671-2534
Department: Kellogg Biological Station/GLBRC
Degrees Held: B.S. Biology, B.A. English, Bemidji State University, 2003; M.S., Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 2005; Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, 2012
Research Statement: I am broadly interested biogeochemical cycling in agricultural landscapes.  As part of the Great Lakes Biofuels Research Center (GLBRC), I am currently examining the influence of potential biofuels crops on nitrogen cycling.  In addition, I am the Research Coordinator for Sustainability in the GLBRC.  Previously, I examined nitrogen cycling in agriculturally-influenced streams and floodplains.


Name: Benjamin Roller
Institution: Michigan State University/Univ. of Michigan
Lab: Robertson Lab
Degrees Held: Ph.D., Michigan State University, Microbiology and Molecular Genetcs and Ecology , Evolutionary Biology and Behavior, 2015; B.S., Microbiology, University of Minnesota, 2008


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