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Jessica BloisJessica Blois

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Jessica’s research focuses on how environmental and biological drivers shape responses of North American mammals and vegetation to past, present, and future climate changes. She got her B.S. at UC San Diego in 1996, where she majored in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution.  After a few seasons working for the Forest Service, she went back to school and got her M.A. at Humboldt State University in 2005. She then went on to get her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University (2009), where she focused on understanding the response of California mammals to past climate change. She moved to UW-Madison to do a postdoc on vegetation responses to past climate change, after which she started her position at UC Merced in 2013.


Postdocs


gioGio Rapacciuolo

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Gio is a Postdoc within the Dimensions of Biodiversity project on Palau marine lakes. His research focuses on the spatiotemporal drivers of biodiversity and extinction risk across a variety of ecological systems. Additionally, he is interested in the detection and attribution of species’ recent range shifts using historical data sources, such as repeated ecological surveys and museum specimens. Find more about Gio at giorapacciuolo.com


Graduate students


rob_picRobert Boria

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Robert is a grad student in the Quantitative and Systems Biology graduate group, and started his PhD at UC Merced in Fall 2015. He is interested in understanding the genetic consequences of past climatic cycles. Robert obtained his masters degree at City College of New York working with Robert Anderson.

4Danaan DeNeve

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Danaan is a grad student in the Quantitative and Systems Biology graduate group and started her PhD at UC Merced in Fall 2014. She is interested in understanding the patterns of small-medium carnivore responses to past environmental changes and their potential significance for small carnivore distribution and adaptation in the face of future environmental changes.

 


NateFoxNate Fox

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Nate is a grad student in the Environmental Systems graduate group and started his PhD at UC Merced in Fall 2015. He is interested in classifying small mammal fossils, and gathering data from the fossil record to interpret late Pleistocene ecosystems. Prior to moving to Merced, Nate worked as an environmental consultant in Wyoming after completing his Master’s degree at East Tennessee State University. Read more about his dissertation research here.

Eric WilliamsEric Williams

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Eric is a grad student in the Environmental Systems graduate group and started his PhD at UC Merced in Fall 2013. He’s working on understanding the influence of climate, habitat, and other species on small mammals in California. Prior to moving to UC Merced, Eric completed his Master’s degree at UNC Wilmington, where he worked with David Webster. Read more about Eric’s dissertation work here.


Undergraduates

ZaraZara Batac-Bhatti

As an undergraduate student at UC Merced, Zara is making strides in obtaining her B.S in Human Biology. Presently her senior year has been spent mostly on studying and fulfilling duties as an officer for Phi Delta Epsilon, a professional medical fraternity. On her down time, she enjoys hiking and volunteering at the Merced SPCA.

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Andrea Pelaza

Andrea is in her junior year as an undergraduate at UC Merced. She is obtaining a B.S in Biology with an emphasis in Molecular and Cell Biology.

 

JocelineJoceline Santiago

Joceline is in her junior year as an undergraduate student at UC Merced. She is obtaining a B.S. in Human Biology and plans to attend medical school after graduating.

angela_yuAngela Yu

Angela is in her senior year as an undergraduate at UC Merced. She is obtaining a B.S. in Earth Systems Science.


Alumni

Sarah Brown

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Sarah finished her postdoc in the Blois lab in Fall 2016, and is now is a geneticist for Washington State Fish & Wildlife. Sarah’s work in the lab focused on setting up and working in our ancient DNA lab. Sarah obtained her PhD in Genetics from the University of California at Davis in January 2011, and her MS at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. Her past research has focused on conservation genetics of Salt Marsh Harvest mice, the origins of dog domestication, and most recently, ancient DNA of Arctic dogs. Sarah is interested in using Next Generation Sequencing technology to elucidate the genetic history of rodent species and to identify genetic adaptations to past climate change.

 

Kaitlin MaguireKaitlin Maguire

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Kaitlin finished her postdoc in the Blois lab in Fall 2015, and is now an Ecologist and Statistician for the USGS in Boise, Idaho. Her work in the lab was on incorporating biotic interactions into species distribution and community level models. Her research focuses on understanding how mammals and their communities respond to past environmental changes using a variety of methods from stable isotopes to ecological niche modeling. Read more about her research in the Blois lab here.

ChrisJorgensenChristopher Jorgensen

Chris got his B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from UC Merced in 2015 and is currently a research technician at CSU Fresno.

 

Juliane Liberto

Juliane Liberto

Juliane got her a B.S. in Human Biology from UC Merced in 2014 and plans to continue towards a PhD in Marine Biosciences.

 

TianaTiana Walker

Tiana worked with the lab in Spring 2014. She is now in her junior year as an undergraduate student at UC Merced. She is obtaining a B.S. in Human Biology.

StefanieStefanie Yupanqui

Stefanie is in her junior year as an undergraduate student at UC Merced. She is obtaining a B.S. in Human Biology.

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