Students

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

Past Grants-In-Aid of Research

2016 Recipients:

Sarah Klassen, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Ben Nelson, School of Human Evolution and Social Change): Mapping and Ground-Truthing Archaeological Features at Angkor, Cambodia.

Nicholas Massimo, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Jim Collins, School of Life Sciences): History of a Deadly Fungal Pathogen in Arizona.

Steven Reed, undergraduate student (Advisor: Dr. Kevin McGraw, School of Life Sciences): Evolutionary Assessment of a Novel Type of Angle-Dependent Plumage Coloration in Parrots.

Shelley Valle, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Pierre Deviche, School of Life Sciences): Investigating the link between metabolism and reproduction in a seasonally-breeding songbird.

2015 Recipients:

Megan Ellis, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Corrie Whisner, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, ASU-Downtown): A comparison of nutrition knowledge and behaviors of low income pregnant adolescents and adults.

Ti Eriksson, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Juergen Gadau, School of Life Sciences): Ecological context of cooperation: how abiotic environment promotes joint founding among ant queens.

Angel A. Garcia, Jr., graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Steven Semken, School of Earth and Space Exploration): Ethnogeologic study in Puerto Rico.

Genevieve Housman, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Anne Stone, School of Human Evolution and Social Change): Assessment of DNA methylation patterns in primate skeletal tissues.

Indira Saridewi Harahap, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Jorge Reyes del Valle, School of Life Sciences): Immunogenic subviral particles displaying domain II of dengue 2 envelope protein vectored by measles virus.

Emily Kleber, graduate student (Advisor: J. Ramón Arrowsmith, School of Earth and Space Exploration): Geomorphic evolution of Wheeler Ridge, California.

Michelle Lipowicz, undergraduate student (Adrisor:   Dr. Antonio Garcia, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering): Field testing of low cost, portable device to detect oil in ocean water.

2014 Recipients:

Catherine Crinigan, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Karen Sweazea, School of Nursing and Health Promotion, ASU-Downtown): Effects of a short-term high-fat diet on kidney morphology and function in rats

Elizabeth Daly, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Gary Schwartz, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, ASU-Tempe): A test of the inhibitory cascade (IC) model on primate deciduous premolars

Sisi Gao, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Pierre Deviche, School of Life Sciences, ASU-Tempe): Are all disturbances equal? A study on how different urban disturbances affect a common urban bird

Genevieve Housman, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Anne Stone, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, ASU-Tempe):
Epigenetics of baboon skeletal development

Sarah Klassen, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Ben Nelson, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, ASU-Tempe): The social-ecological cost of religiously mitigated water use and management at Angkor, Cambodia

Rachel Olzer, undergraduate student (Advisor: Dr. Ron Rutowski, School of Life Sciences, ASU-Tempe): Male wing coloration properties may predict female fecundity in the pipevine swallowtail, Battus philenor

Brett Seymoure, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Ron Rutowski, School of Life Sciences, ASU-Tempe): Heliconius mimicry rings in a new light: light environment and signaling

Richard Simpson, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Kevin McGraw, School of Life Sciences, ASU-Tempe): The function of interactions between multiple visual signals in a hummingbird

2013 Recipients:

Nonso Emordi, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Abigail York, School of Sustainability): Understanding energy poverty in resource-rich sub-Saharan African states: the case of Nigeria.

Ti Eriksson, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Juergen Gadau, School of Life Sciences): Multi-queen signature in colonies of the honey ant Myrmecocystus mendax - indicator of polygyny or intraspecific slavery?

Krista Eschbach, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Michael Smith, School of Human Evolution and Social Change): Colonial Persistence and Transformation of Social and Economic Relations: Veracruz Port to Pensacola Presidios.

Brian Haney, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Fewell, School of Life Sciences): Reproductive Characteristics of a Polygynous Harvester Ant Population.

Maria Nieves-Colon, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Anne Stone, School of Human Evolution and Social Change): Reconstructing the Peopling of Pre-Columbian Puerto Rico through Ancient DNA Analysis

Amy Shapiro, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Kaye Reed, School of Human Evolution and Social Change): Macroecological patterns in the dietary niche breadth of Plio-Pleistocene African monkeys.

Rick Simpson, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Kevin McGraw, School of Life Sciences): The Effects of a Fluctuating Environment on Receiver Preferences for Multiple Signals

Shelley Valle, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Pierre Deviche, School of Life Sciences): Effect of reproductive state on glial endfeet cytomorphology in the hypothalamus of a free-living songbird.

2012 Recipients:

Stephanie Bittner, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Pierre Deviche, School of Life Sciences): The hormonal control of parental care in a short-lived passerine.

Kierstin Catlett, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Gary Schwartz, School of Human Evolution and Social Change): A dental topographic analysis of deciduous tooth wear in hominoids.

Penny Langhammer, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. James Collins, School of Life Sciences): Chytridiomycosis in a direct-developing frog: ontogenetic variation in susceptibility, pathogen transmission, and population-level impacts of the amphibian chytrid fungus in Eleutherodactylus coqui.

Russell Ligon, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Kevin McGraw, School of Life Sciences): Exploring the endocrine underpinnings of chameleon color change.

Inbar Maayan, undergraduate student (Advisor: Dr. Kenro Kusumi, School of Life Sciences): Comparative appendicular osteology and evolutionary genetics of Panamanian anoles with divergent locomotor strategies.

Brett Seymoure, graduate student (Advisors: Dr. Ronald Rutowski and Dr. Kevin McGraw, School of Life Sciences): Heliconius mimicry rings in a new light.

Sarah Striker, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Ben Nelson, School of Human Evolution and Social Change): Migration and Iroquoian community membership.

Kirsten Traynor, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Robert Page, School of Life Sciences):Ovarian signaling: Do honey bee ovaries receive neurotransmitter signals?

2011 Recipients:

Michael Butler, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Kevin McGraw, School of Life Sciences): Effect on develpmental versus adult diet on adult sexual coloration and immune function in mallard ducks.

Elisabeth Culley, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Geoffrey Clark, School of Human Evolution and Social Change): Archaeolgical investigations at Pinnacle Point, South Africa.

Ryan Forster, undergraduate student (Advisor: Dr. Peter Jurutka, ASU Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences): 1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 regulation of alpha-klotho and mediation of physiologic anti-aging actions.

Sisi Gao, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Pierre Deviche, School of Life Sciences): Novel neuroendocrine effects of stress on reproduction in free-ranging birds.

Sharon Kessler, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Leanne Nash, School of Human Evolution and Social Change): Modeling the origins of primate sociality: kin recognition in mouse lemurs.

Sara Marsteller, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Kelly Knudson, School of Human Evolution and Social Change): Reconstruction of prehistoric dietary practices in the Ychsma Society (c. AD 900-1470) of coastal Peru using stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes.

Kimberly Pegram, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Ronald Rutowski, School of Life Sciences): Influence of hue on warning signal learning.

2010 Recipients:

Nicholas Banovich, undergraduate student (Advisor: Dr. Anne Stone, School of Human Evolution and Social Change)

Genetic approaches to understanding cranial morphology: testing the correlation of the RUNX2 gene and facial morphology in primates.

Laura Hurley, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Pierre Deviche, School of Life Sciences)

Physiological and environmental regulation of territorial behavior in male Cassin's sparrows.

Angela Huster, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Michael E. Smith, School of Human Evolution and Social Change)

Stylistic and technological variability of spindle whorls from Toluca Valley, Mexico.

Joanna Malukiewicz, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Anne Stone, School of Human Evolution and Social Change)

Hybridization and speciation in common and black-tufted marmosets.

Parth Rajyaguru, undergraduate student (Advisor: Dr. Ronald Rutowski, School of Life Sciences)

Courtship behavior of pipevine swallowtail butterflies, Battus philenor.

William Schaffer, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Brenda Baker, School of Human Evolution and Social Change)

Tracing prehistoric Bahamian migration with mitochondrial DNA.

Mason Scott Thompson, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Jane Buikstra, School of Human Evolution and Social Change)

Performance, power, and identities of the dead in the prehispanic American Southeast and Southwest.

Andrea Torvinen, graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Ben Nelson, School of Human Evolution and Social Change)

Intraregional social interaction through ceramic sourcing in prehispanic northwestern Mexico.

2009 Recipients:

Scott Davies (School of Life Sciences graduate student) 

An Avian model to study the ecological immunology of urbanization.

Advisor: Dr. Pierre Deviche (School of Life Sciences)    

Anne Barber (School of Life Sciences Undergraduate student)    

A study of the effects of an elevation gradient on saxicolous lichens of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Advisor: Dr. Thomas H. Nash III, (School of Life Sciences)

Stephaie Meredith (School of Human Evolution and Social Change graduate student)

Identifying sex-typical socialization in non-human primates.

Advisor: Dr. Leanne Nash (School of Human Evolution and Social Change)        

Meagan Rubel (School of Human Evolution and Social Change undergraduate student) 

The Spitalfields Project: Ancient DNA analysis of human mtDNA and Mycobacterium tuberculosis from AD 1197-1857.

Advisor: Dr. Anne Stone (School of Human Evolution and Social Change)

Lisa Taylor (School of Life Sciences graduate student)

Functions of bright male coloration in Habronattus pyrrithrix jumping spiders (Salticidae)

Advisor: Dr. Kevin McGraw (School of Life Sciences)