Email:

Tom.Miller@rice.edu

Address:

6100 Main St, MS-170
Houston, TX 77005

Phone:

713-348-4218

Miller Labmembers

Tom Miller

Tom E.X. Miller, Ph.D.

Godwin Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


Office:103A Anderson Biology Labs
Email: tom.miller@rice.edu
Ph: 713.348.4218

Aldo Compagnoni

Aldo Compagnoni

Postdoc
136 Anderson Biology Labs
Email: ac79@rice.edu

 

Aldo is a broadly trained plant ecologist whose interests include invasion ecology, climate change, and species coexistence in both grassland and forested ecosystems. Aldo's most recent project investigates how sex-ratio variation affects the population dynamics of the dioecious grass Poa arachnifera (Texas bluegrass).

Andrew Bibian

Andrew Bibian

Graduate Student

 

Andrew’s research uses experiments and models to examine the mechanisms underlying variability in the infection frequencies of fungal endophytes in native grass populations.

Michelle Downey

Michelle Downey

Graduate Student

 

Michelle is interested in how gene flow (both intra- and inter-specific) might alter evolutionary trajectories of lineages via possible changes in genetic correlations among traits. She is examining this in the context of host-parasite interactions, where hybridization among parasites might change host specificity or contribute to adaptation to new hosts. She is currently using Bruchid beetles in the laboratory as a model system, but also plans to study natural populations.

Brad Ochocki

Brad Ochocki

Graduate Student

 

Brad studies the interplay of ecological and evolutionary mechanisms during range expansion, including the evolution of dispersal ability due to spatial sorting.

Brad's website

 

Emily Schultz


Emily Schultz

Graduate Student

Emily is interested in plant demography and population dynamics.

 

Michelle Sneck

Michelle Sneck

Graduate Student

 

Michelle has broad interests in evolutionary ecology, including the evolution of plant mating systems, the impact of gene flow upon plant/mutualist interactions and long-term population dynamics, the role of mutualists at range boundaries, hybridization, biogeography, and conservation genetics.

Michelle's website

 

Marion Donald

Marion Donald

Lab manager
103E Anderson Biology Labs

 

Marion's research interests include plant-insect interactions and plant phylogenetics.


Senior Thesis Students 2013-2014

 

Marion Donald

Marion is a Will Rice senior from Baltimore, Maryland. Her research interests include plant-insect interactions and plant phylogenetics. For her senior thesis, Marion will examine how the density and size structure of extrafloral nectar-bearing plants affects ant abundance and diversity.

 


Adam Geiger

Adam is studying the heritability of dispersal behavior and genetic covariance with other life history traits.

 

 


Jesse Passman

Jesse is interested in dispersal biology. His thesis examines the interactive effects of juvenile and adult density dependence on dispersal ability.

 

Rande Patterson


Rande Patterson

Rande is studying the ant-plant defensive mutualism in the cholla cactus system. She is conducting experiments to examine how the carbohydrate composition of extrafloral nectar affects the abundance and identity of ant mutualists, as well as the role of ant digestive enzymes.

Olivia Ragni

Olivia Ragni

Olivia is a Duncan College senior from Arkansas studying ants and cacti of the New Mexican desert for her EEB senior thesis project.  She is exploring long-term data sets to track changes in the species of ants that are found on individual cacti and how turnover between ant species occurs over time.  Olivia also enjoys traveling, identifying insects, and cheerleading for Rice sporting events (and creosote data collection).

Natalie Wagner


Natalie Wagner

Natalie is a Lovett College senior from Tampa, Florida. Her research interests include population dynamics and invasion biology. For her thesis, she is testing the effects of population genetic diversity on the velocity of range expansion using Bruchid beetles as a laboratory model system.

Hank

Hank

Lab mascot

Research interests: Squirrels


Miller Lab Alumni

,
Teresa Bohnerlab manager, 2012-2014
Nicole Freidenfeldslab manager, 2011-2012presently lab manager at University of Connecticut
Kate Snydersenior thesis, 2012presently research technician at Rice
Tatiana Fofanovasenior thesis, 2012
Johanna Ohmsenior thesis, 2013presently PhD student at Penn State
Rebecca Searlesenior thesis, 2012