Rayna Bell – Cornell University
Rayna is a fifth year PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University studying diversification in Central African treefrogs. When she’s not in Africa searching for frogs, or collecting data in the evolutionary genetics lab, she teaches biology to Cornell undergraduates.
Gabriel Fiorini – University of New Orleans
Gabe is a graduate assistant studying with Dr. Nicola Anthony, and starting in May 2013 he will begin research on the African puddle frog Phrynobatrachus auritus for the CABAlliance. He will be involved in both field and laboratory work with P. auritus, aiming to create a biogeographic map of the species' genetic and phenotypic diversity across our study range in Gabon and Cameroon.
Demetrio Bocuma Meñe – Drexel University
Demetrio is originally from Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea and he is a third year Ph.D. candidate studying with Dr. Gail Hearn. His research is focused primarily on biodiversity conservation policies and their implementation in Equatorial Guinea. Deme attended the National University of Equatorial Guinea for his undergraduate.
Patrick McLaughlin – Drexel University
Patrick is a fourth year PhD candidate at Drexel University, studying Environmental Science with Dr. Gail Hearn and teaching undergraduate biology/ecology. His research focuses on amphibian landscape genetics, speciation, and cutaneous microbial communities in West African amphibians. He works on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea, and is currently in the process of describing a new (endemic) species from Bioko. When Pat is not catching frogs, he works for National Geographic Student Expeditions teaching high school students about ecology and conservation.
Paul Sesink Clee – Drexel University
Paul is a Ph.D. student studying with Dr. Mary Katherine Gonder at Drexel University. Paul completed his Masters research on ecological niche modeling of suitable habitat for chimpanzee populations in Cameroon and Nigeria as well as their niche evolution under threat of climate change. In addition to Cameroon, Paul has extensive fieldwork experience in South Africa’s Kruger National Park where he completed his undergraduate thesis and worked as a safari/field guide. He is now working in Cameroon and Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea with Dr. Gonder studying the ecology of various diseases and is also assisting with the chimpanzee study and plant common garden experiment for this project.
Christie Sukhdeo – University of New Orleans
Christie is a Ph.D. student studying with Dr. Nicola Anthony. She has a broad interest in the fields of ecology, evolution, and conservation biology of tropical forest fauna. Christie graduated from the City College, City University of New York in 2011 with a B.S. in Biology and initial certification in secondary education. She joined the Anthony Lab in Fall 2012 as a NSF graduate research fellow. She has conducted research on the phylogeography of a widespread tropical butterfly Melanitis leda, and participated in a Buddhism and biodiversity conservation project in Sri Lanka and Thailand. For her Ph.D, Christie plans to conduct research with butterflies as an indicator taxon to assess some key conservation issues.
Geraud Tasse Taboue – University of Buea
Geraud is a Ph.D. student working in Dr. Eric Fokam’s lab on the plastic adaptive responses of animal species to global climatic change. Using the small puddle frog Phrynobatrachus auritus, he will investigate how phenotypic plastic responses contribute to the mechanisms animals would employ to yield to the pressure exerted on them under the current global change in climate. Geraud’s research interests are in animal biology, ecology and husbandry to develop strategies that would lead to the reduction of threats on vulnerable species and ecosystems.
Madeline Tiee – University of California, Los Angeles
Madeline is a Ph.D. student studying with Dr. Thomas Smith. Her research focuses on studying the spatial dynamics of disease transmission within bats, specifically aiming to understand how environmental and ecological correlates such as population structure, migration, and human land-use affect viral diversity, genetic structure and transmission patterns. Madeline hopes to conduct her research in Gabon and Cameroon and incorporate morphological and genetic data from her bat species as an additional focal taxa to this research project.
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