Lanier Lab

mammal evolution, ecology and biodiversity


Congratulations to Giovanni Tolentino Ramos and Addison Allen for their well-deserved recognition through the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) this spring! Giovanni was awarded a 3-year NSF GFRP award for his research on the responses of collared pikas to climate change. Addison received an honorable mention for her research on the role of competition in re-structuring small mammal communities after a forest fire. Both Addison and Giovanni plan to graduate in Spring 2021, and are currently working to connect with PhD advisors for their future research.

Now recruiting!

Collared pika perched atop a granite rock.
A collared pika surveys the scene along the Denali Highway. Photo (c) Moose Peterson.

I am seeking a PhD student interested in mammalian evolutionary ecology and genomics to join my lab at the University of Oklahoma and the Sam Noble Museum for Fall of 2019. Potential projects include (1) impacts of population structure on local adaptation, (2) evolutionary genomics and comparative phylogeography, or (3) examining the population genetic responses to fire disturbance. Most of the projects in my lab group focus on small mammals (e.g., pikas, marmots, chipmunks) and integrate the use of museum collections. Students with interest or previous experience with molecular techniques, population genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, statistics and/or small mammal fieldwork are particularly encouraged to apply. I am working to foster an open, diverse and inclusive research environment, and applications which indicate a high level of curiosity, creativity and collaborative potential are most likely to be successful. 

Please note that the Department of Biology application deadline is December 15!