Welcome New Graduate Students 2013
Jen Guyton earned her B.Sc. in Conservation and Resource Studies in 2010 at the University of California, Berkeley. Before arriving at Princeton, she studied baboon behavior in Tanzania with the School for Field Studies and meerkat behavior in South Africa with Cambridge University before shifting her interests to ecology. She spent last year investigating the role of hippos in a river ecosystem at Mpala Research Center in Kenya. Broadly speaking, Jen is interested in tropical ecology and conservation, especially in savanna systems. She plans to investigate the role of large mammals in shaping landscape-scale processes, and how those processes are altered by shifting faunal regimes.
Matt Grobis received his B.S. in Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois (2012), where he researched the antipredator function of schooling in threespine sticklebacks. He then spent a year at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology researching sleep behavior and social foraging in great tits, funded by a Fulbright grant. For his thesis, Matt is interested in how individual phenotype affects the spread and use of information in animal groups.
Sinead Morris graduated with a first class MSci Mathematics from the University of Glasgow (2013) where she took a range of courses covering both pure and applied topics. Her Bachelors thesis used network theory to model the spread of infectious livestock diseases and her Masters thesis employed random walk theory to model tumour induced angiogenesis. She also completed a Carnegie Trust funded research project investigating the impact of link switching in small world networks. Now she is looking forward to exploring new topics in disease modeling and continuing the well-established tradition of Scots in Princeton.
Tyler Coverdale got his B.S. in Biology from Brown University in 2010, where he studied the impacts of historical and contemporary human impacts on Cape Cod salt marshes. He is generally interested in species interactions – how they shape ecosystems and are in turn shaped by changing biotic and abiotic conditions. He hopes to build on his previous experience as an experimental ecologist to answer questions related to the ecology and conservation of African savannas.
Maria Gutin received her B.S. in Biology (2012) from the University of Utah, where she studied the genomic evolution of bacterial endosymbionts in various insect species. She also interned at a local biotech company, where she worked on the development of molecular diagnostic tests for measuring the aggressiveness of cancerous tumors in humans. Merging her interests in evolution, genomics, and human health, she plans to use genomic techniques to better understand the evolution of aging.
Kaz Uyehara earned his B.A. (2010) from Swarthmore College, and most recently has been teaching high school science. He is interested in using theoretical ecology to further the understanding of anthropogenic change to ecosystems.
In 2013, Olivia Guayasamin graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. With a background in psychology, neuroscience, animal behavior and evolutionary biology, Olivia is most intrigued by behavioral questions best answered by interdisciplinary approaches. Her current research involves exploring a rather reciprocal arrangement: How do consistent individual differences among zebrafish (Danio rerio) alter the behavior of fellow group members, and in turn, how does the current state of a group influence the behavior of the individual? Other interests include collective human behaviors and science communication.