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Post-Doctorates


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Andrés CuervoResearch Postdoc with Dr. Derryberry

Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2013

Email: acuervom@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Diversification of tropical avifaunas using complementary approaches in molecular systematics, comparative biogeography, and phylogeography. He is currently studying the diversification of a large radiation of pantropical passerine birds, and the evolution of elevational zonation, geographic variation, and endemism in Neotropical mountains.

Julie Danner

Julie DannerResearch Postdoc with Dr. Derryberry

Ph.D., Virginia Institute of Technology

Email: jdanner1@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Julie is a biologist with diverse interests in the ecology and evolution of birds. She received her PhD from Virginia Tech where she examined the role of cultural divergence in reproductive isolation in a tropical bird, the rufous-collared sparrow. Julie was a post-doc at the Smithsonian’s Center for Conservation and Evolutionary genetics with Dr. Robert Fleischer where she examined genetic structure, kinship and malaria parasite infection in grasshopper sparrows and in several species of Bornean birds. In the Derryberry lab, Julie is investigating the role of urban noise on bird song learning and female preference for song dialects in white-crowned sparrows.

Ray Danner

Ray DannerResearch Postdoc with Dr. Derryberry

Ph.D., Virginia Institute of Technology

Email: rdanner@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Ray's research asks how diverse and changing acoustic and thermal environments influence the ecology and evolution of birds. Ray has bachelor's degrees in Biological Sciences and Geography from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a PhD from Virginia Tech. Between degrees, Ray studied critically endangered birds and invasive species in Hawaii, and studied birds throughout the Neotropics and Alaska. Ray's dissertation showed experimentally that access to food in cold winters permeates the lives of migratory birds. During a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, Ray showed that birds refashion their bills throughout the year, and initiated new research programs on thermal ecology and adaptation in the Galapagos Islands, the California Channel Islands, and the Atlantic Coast. At Tulane, Ray studies the evolution of bird song in urban areas, and is developing a novel simulation to help test and understand this rapid cultural evolution.
Website: http://raydanner.com/

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Joanna GyoryResearch Postdoc with Dr. Taylor

Ph.D., MIT / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute joint program, 2011

Email: jgyory@tulane.edu

Research Interests: Dr. Gyory is an oceanographer interested in biological-physical interactions, especially those involved in the ecology of benthic invertebrates. She likes to combine modeling, field observations, and laboratory experiments to identify mechanisms that explain patterns observed in the ocean.
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John SchenkKoch-Richardson Fellow in Plant Ecology an Evolution

Ph.D., Washington State University, 2009

Email: schenk@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Dr. Schenk is a plant systematist interested in how adaptation of morphological traits is driven by environmental variation, and how this relationship shaped lineage diversification.
Website: http://schenk.tulane.edu/Botany/Home.html

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Scott WalterResearch Postdoc with Dr. Karubian

Ph.D., University of Louisiana - Lafayette, 2012

Email: swalter3@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Conservation and management of threatened species and ecosystems have directed Dr. Walter's research on understanding the ecological interactions that regulate population viability of wildlife species.

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