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Specht Lab, Spring 2019

The Specht Lab group comprise a powerful cohort of grads, undergrads, postdocs — all fearless researchers working together to understand the patterns and processes of plant evolution and diversification.

Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion (CALS)
Barbara McClintock Professor in Plant Biology
SIPS & L.H. Bailey Hortorium
Fellow, Atkinson Center
cdspecht@cornell.edu

 


Postdoctoral Fellows, Scholars and Researchers

Postdoctoral Researcher

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, PGRP
Lecturer & Research Associate

shayla_headshot

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Collections-based research
sms728@cornell.edu

BAEF Postdoctoral Fellow
sv467@cornell.edu

Christina Schmidt

Lecturer, Active Learning Initiative

cms536@cornell.edu

Maria Pinilla Vargas

Lab manager and research technician
mp2232@cornell.edu

 


Graduate Students

Plant Biology – 2016
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Cornell Dean’s Fellow
UC Berkeley Chancellors Fellow;
Hellman Graduate Fellow
Plant Biology – 2017
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Schmittau-Novak Graduate Fellow
Yale Ciencia Academy Graduate Fellow
Plant Biology – 2018
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Presidential Life Sciences Fellow
Plant Biology – 2018
Graduate Student

Undergraduate Researchers

Morphological evolution of
underground organs in the
Asparagales
Biology Major  – 2021
RCPRS Fellow

Dariana Argueta-Zamora

Calochortus biodiversity

Biology – 2022

Aaliyah Holliday

Tempo and mode of inflorescence evolution in Asparagales.

Biology – 2022

 

Iriel Edwards

Environmental Science

and Sustainability – 2022

 

Aryaman

Saksena

Biology – 2022

Nicholas Rocha

Entomology & Plant Science – 2023 

Calochortus pollinators


Former Specht Lab Personnel –

Throughout the years, the Specht Lab has always been more than the sum of its parts.  This is because of the individuals that have passed through, and the interactions they’ve had which generate a supportive, creative, innovative and welcoming scholarly and social environment that thrives on diversity of perspectives.  If you’ve been a member in the past and are interested in joining our mentoring slack channel, please contact me.  Also, join our FB group and keep in touch!!

Lab Managers and Research Associates

Heather Driscoll
Lab Manager & Research Associate
Currently: Research Faculty, Norwich University
Roxana Yockteng
Research Associate / Lab Manager
Associate Specialist in Plant Evolution
Currently: Researcher at Agrosavia
Undergraduate Researcher
Lab Manager/Technician
Currently: Lab Manager, Blackman Lab, UC Berkeley

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow
UC MEXUS Postdoctoral Fellow
Mary Guisinger
Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Fellow /
Visiting Scholar
Vincent Merckx
Postdoctoral Fellow
Currently: Research Leader of the Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity (NCB Naturalis) at Leiden (NL)
Postdoctoral Fellow
Currently: Professor Metropolitan Autonomous University
UC Mexus Postdoctoral Fellow
Currently: Assistant Professor, Univ. de Guadelajara
Postdoctoral Fellow
Currently: lecturer and researcher, University of British Colombia

Graduate Students

Chodon Sass
Graduate Student – PhD 2010
Postdoctoral Scholar
Research Associate
Currently: Project manager at MyAncestry.com
 Madelaine Bartlett
Graduate Student – PhD 2010
Currently: Associate Professor, UMASS Amherst Department of Biology
Tanya Renner
Graduate Student – PhD 2012
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Assistant Professor, San Diego State University
Currently: Assistant Professor, Penn State University
Ana Almeida
Graduate Student – PhD 2013
Fulbright/CAPES Postdoctoral Fellow
Ernst Mayr Finalist, SSE
Currently: Assistant Professor, CSU-East Bay

Stephen Yee
Graduate Student – PhD 2015
NSF DDIG / UC Mexus
Graduate Student – PhD 2017
Berkeley Fellow; Vlamis Research Fellow
Currently: Assistant Professor of Biology, Santa Rosa Junior College
Graduate Student – PhD 2019
NSF Graduate Research Fellow; Chancellor’s Fellow; Dissertation Year Fellow
Currently: Provost Faculty Fellow, Cornell University
Integrative Biology – PhD 2020
joint with Rothfels Lab @ UCB
NSF Graduate Research Fellow;
DS421 Doctoral Fellow
Currently: Postdoc with Rosana Zenil-Ferguson at UH Manoa
Kali Lader
Graduate Student, MS
Microbiology
Gracie Martin
Graduate Student, MS
Plant Biology
Visiting Graduate Student, 2015
Currently: Professor of Botany at the Federal University of Santarém
Visiting Graduate Student – UF Viçosa
2018
 gabrielatorres.bio@hotmail.com

Visiting Graduate Student
South China Botanical Garden
2019-2020

Distinguished Visiting Scholars

Mohammad Reza Dadpour

Visiting Scientist
Professor, University of Tabriz
Visiting Scientist
Miller Visiting Professor
Wagner Campos Otoni
Visiting Scientist
UF Viçosa, Brasil
Visiting Scientist
Visiting Researcher

Undergraduate Researchers

Jennifer Bartlau
Undergraduate Researcher
Undergraduate Researcher, Technician
Currently: NSF Postdoc at Cornell.  Completed PhD (Harvard University with Dr. Naomi Pierce).
Andrew Brown
Undergraduate Researcher
Currently: Running marathons and applying to med school
Undergraduate Researcher
SPUR – MEB Honor’s Degree 2016
Currently: Graduate Student, Temple University
Hillary Cooper
Undergraduate Researcher
Currently: Graduate Student at Arizona State University, NSF IGERT Fellow
Undergraduate Researcher
SPUR
Currently:  Graduate Student, U. Wisconsin-Madison
Sara Frayley
Undergraduate Researcher
Claudia Garcia
Undergraduate Researcher
Shalika Gupta
Undergraduate Researcher
ES Thesis on ENM in Heliconia
Claudia Henriquez
Undergraduate Researcher
Currently: Lab Manager and Research Associate, UCLA (PhD from Washington University, St. Louis)
Undergraduate Researcher
Currently: Medical Doctor at USC
Julie Huston
Undergraduate Researcher
Christina Johnson
Undergraduate Researcher
-received her PhD from Miami of Ohio
-postdoc with NASA
Esther Kim
Undergraduate Researcher
Office: N/A
Undergraduate Researcher
Currently: aspiring plant morphologist…
Undergraduate Researcher
URAP
Laura Lagomarsino
Undergraduate Researcher
-PhD from Harvard
-NSF Postdoc
Currently: Assistant Professor, LSU
Undergraduate Researcher
Irene Liao
Undergraduate Researcher
SPUR – GPB Honor’s and Departmental Citation 2010
-PhD from Duke University
-NSF Postdoc
Undergraduate Researcher
URAP – MCB Honor’s Degree 2016
Undergraduate Researcher
SPUR – GPB Honor’s Degree 2016
Emily Markham
Undergraduate Researcher
Undergraduate Researcher
SPUR
Undergraduate Researcher
URAP & SURF/Rose Hill; Honor’s
Undergraduate Researcher
SPUR
Undergraduate Researcher
SPUR
Currently: Graduate student at University of Washington, HHMI Gilliam Fellow
Chris Sangster
Undergraduate Researcher
Stacey Shen
Undergraduate Researcher
Currently: USC Medical School class of 2017
Sankar Sridaran
Undergraduate Researcher
Currently: Medical Doctor, UCSB (MD from Case Western)
Sarah Starkey
Undergraduate Researcher
Undergraduate Researcher
Undergraduate Researcher
Honor’s MCB
Susana Torres
Undergraduate Researcher
Office: N/A
Debra Wang
Undergraduate Researcher
Yizhuo Wang
Undergraduate Researcher
Currently: Graduate Student in Public Health, Columbia University
Undergraduate Researcher
Currently: Research and quality control at BioRad
Undergraduate Researcher
Amy Wray
Undergraduate Researcher
Undergraduate Researcher
Currently: on her way to Med School (class of 2017)
Undergraduate Researcher
URAP
Office: 510.642.6731
Amy Yu
Undergraduate Researcher
Undergraduate Researcher
SMART : GPB/IB 2017
Currently: Graduate Student in Plant Ecology
Researcher
Volunteer
-PhD student at UCLA with Felipe Zapata
Undergraduate Researcher
Laboratory Technician and Research Assistant
Currently: NSF Graduate Research fellow with Selena Smith, UMich
Visiting Undergraduate Researcher

Zhaoqi Wang

Plant Sciences – 2020

 

Jessica Dobler

Biology – 2020

Rosemary Glos

Senior Thesis: Comparative analysis of cycad (Zamia) leaf anatomy

Plant Sciences Major – 2020

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