Dr. Evan Gora

Evan2Evan was trained in forest ecology as an undergraduate in Walt Carson’s lab at the University of Pittsburgh and completed his PhD at UofL in 2018.  His graduate research focused on the ecology of wood decomposition in Panama, and his postdoctoral research focuses on the ecological effects of lightning in tropical forests.




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.




Kane Lawhorn

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Kane started his PhD program in 2019.  He received his BS from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2018, where he participated in multiple undergraduate research projects in the Kwit Lab and via the NSF REU program.






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 research explored the effects of thermal extremes on ant behavior in Panama.  She is currently a postdoc in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Benjamin “Max” Adams – PhD 2018 – Max joined the lab as a PhD student in 2013 after completing his MS in Linda Hooper-Bui’s lab at Louisiana State University.  His dissertation research explored how lianas shape canopy ant species richness.  Max is currently a postdoc at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

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” Robin currently is an Associate Professor and Director of the Ozark Field Station at the Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla.

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”