Postdoc: Lucie Kuczynski, Phd
Lucie joined the lab in April 2018 as a postdoctoral researcher after completing her PhD at the University of Toulouse. Lucie is interested in the processes that structure patterns of biological diversity, as well as the impact of global change on those processes and patterns. The main goals of her PhD research were to describe temporal and spatial diversity patterns in French stream fish and to determine the links between the processes that structure communities and global changes, from continental to local scales. In particular, she studied the temporal dynamics of assembly rules in fish communities since the 1980s and how it was related to climate change, biological invasions and habitat fragmentation. At OU, she is working to integrate phylogeography and macroecology to better understand diversity patterns, especially of North American and European amphibians. (ResearchGate)
UNDERGRADUATE HONORS: SARAH SWISTON
Sarah is a senior majoring in biology and math with a minor in music. She joined the lab to work on her honors research project, which involves sequencing sections of DNA from populations of Geochus beetles. In addition to working in Dr. Marske’s lab, she has also been a volunteer in the Herpetology department of the Sam Noble Museum. Outside of class, Sarah enjoys playing the cello, and is a member of the OU Symphony. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school and continue doing biology research.
masters: melissa sadir
Melissa joined the lab as a Master’s student after previously managing the Recent Invertebrates Collection at the Sam Noble Museum. She received her Bachelor of Science in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Kansas, where she first became interested in working in museum collections and researching spiders. Her main interests are in understanding spatial patterns among spider populations and the effect climate change has on their dispersal and ecology, particularly of the synanthropic brown widow spider (Latrodectus geometricus). Melissa hopes to gain insight on the mechanisms driving the spread of these spiders and their effect on communities they invade. She is also interested in illustration and using scientific illustrations as a method of bridging the gap between science and the public. (website)