Dr. Jelena Bujan


Jelena joined the lab as a Postdoctoral Associate in 2017 after completing her PhD at the University of Oklahoma, where she studied ant ecology with Mike Kaspari.  Jelena’s current research explores the effects of thermal extremes on ant behavior in Panama.



Daniella Prince


Daniella started her PhD program in the lab in 2016.  She received her BS from Brown University in 2012, where she conducted independent research on the evolutionary relevance of spines on ants.  Her doctoral research focuses on relationships between neuroanatomy and the behavior of tropical ants.



Rachel Wells

rachel-e1513781762149.pngRachel joined the lab as a PhD student in 2016 after completing her BA in Biology at Hendrix College.  Her doctoral research explores the chemical ecology of tropical ant pheromones, specifically the ecological consequences of eavesdropping on alarm signals and the odor plumes produced by Azteca spp. nests.




Benjamin “Max” Adams


Max is a Louisiana native who joined the lab as a PhD student in 2013 after completing his MS in Linda Hooper-Bui’s lab at Louisiana State University, which focused on the effects of the Gulf oil spill on wetland insects.  His dissertation research is based in Panama and examines the effects of lianas on canopy ant species richness.




Evan Gora

Evan2Evan began working in the lab as a technician in 2013 and transitioned to PhD student status in 2014. Evan was trained in forest ecology in Walt Carson’s lab at the University of Pittsburgh and is exploring the ecology of wood decomposition and lightning effects on trees in temperate and tropical forests.






Dr. Alyssa Stark – Alyssa joined the lab as a Postdoctoral Associate in 2014 after completing her PhD at the University of Akron, where she studied the adhesive properties of gecko toes.  She is currently on the faculty at Villanova University.

Dana Frederick – MS 2014 –  “Raining into water: arthropod export from the canopy and subsequent predator escape behavior”

Robin Verble – PhD 2012 – “Effects of prescribed fire on Ozark ant ecology”

Petrus Moreira – MS 2012 – “Canopy ants of central Arkansas and the Atlantic Forest of Brazil: community patterns”

Theo Sumnicht – MS 2012 – “Canopy effects on tropical leaf litter arthropods”