Scientists and more

The Fowler-Finn Lab is a diverse group of scientists passionate about arthropods, vibrational communication, outreach education, supporting diversity in STEM, and having a ton of fun. We welcome inquiries from folks interested in joining our research group and are excited for applicants from diverse backgrounds and training. Visit our outreach page to learn more about our work outside of the lab!

 

KASEY FOWLER-FINN, PH.D.

Kasey is interested in the roles of genetics, plasticity, and environmental variation in evolution. Some of her primary interests include adaptation to global warming, the evolution of mating and social behavior, predator-prey interactions, and geographic variation in morphology and behavior.

Download her CV  or visit her Google Scholar page

Equally important, Kasey is excited about being an encouraging and positive role model for budding scientists and fosters two-way training in her lab group, in which the junior researchers benefit from close collaboration with senior researchers, and the senior researchers benefit from mentorship experience. The high collegiality among her lab members is evidenced by the variety of publications with undergraduate students, graduate students, and PI authorship. Additionally, her lab members collaborate closely on outreach and education, gaining valuable experience in science communication and working at the science-public interface.

Courses Kasey has taught:

  • Evolutionary Biology (core course for Biology majors)
  • Advanced Evolution (graduate-level)
  • Sex, Evolution and Behavior (upper level course)
  • Advanced Sex, Evolution and Behavior (graduate-level)

Post-docs & Graduate Students

 
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Post-doctoral researcher

Daniel is a behavioral ecologist interested in how variation in sexually selected traits affects reproductive success and the factors that lead to such variation. Here, Daniel is investigating the effects of temperature on male calls and female responsiveness across populations of Enchenopa binotata treehoppers and the effects of water deprivation on harvestmen mating. Learn more...

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William Shoenberger

Ph.D. Student

Will began his Ph.D. at SLU in the Fall of 2015 after completing his undergraduate in Biochemistry at the University of Missouri. Here, Will is studying the evolution of complex behaviors, including mutualistic interactions and niche construction, using a variety of ant and plant species as well the treehopper Entylia carinata.

 
 
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Leticia classen Rodriguez

Master's Student

Letty joined the lab in the Fall of 2017 and is focusing on defensive mechanisms in harvestmen. She is particularly interested in the potential for these vision-poor animals to use visual and other sensory cues in predator detection. Her research interests range from arachnology and entomology to aquatic ecology.  

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Anthony Macchiano

Master's student

Anthony joined the lab in June 2018. More information on Anthony and his research coming soon!

 
 
 
 Team treehopper poses with a host plant in the greenhouse. Our lab uses a variety of arachnid and insect study systems, which we maintain in the lab and and greenhouse. Photo: Emily Hutti

Team treehopper poses with a host plant in the greenhouse. Our lab uses a variety of arachnid and insect study systems, which we maintain in the lab and and greenhouse. Photo: Emily Hutti

 
 

Undergraduate students

 
 
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Past lab members

Post-docs

 

Grad students

Dowen Jocson (MS '17)

Undergrads

Morgan Smeester

Timothy Jeffries

Carli Beckett

Humza Ahmed

David Dainko

Allison Kemph

Pallavi Mhaskar

Daniel Lee

Fatma Mufti

Alex Downey

Emily Scott

Wes Gingrich

Simone Ymson

Evian Perez Rivera

Rohan Tripathi

Claire Ballman

 

Become a member of the Fowler-Finn group

We welcome inquiries from folks interested in joining our research group and are excited for applicants from diverse backgrounds and training. Current opportunities will be posted here, although we are always excited for new collaborations.