6100 Main St, MS-170
Houston, TX 77005
Tom E.X. Miller, Ph.D.
Godwin Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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 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 studies the interplay of ecological and evolutionary mechanisms during range expansion, including the evolution of dispersal ability due to spatial sorting.
Emily is interested in plant demography and population dynamics.
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.
Senior Thesis Students 2013-2014
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 is studying the heritability of dispersal behavior and genetic covariance with other life history traits.
Jesse is interested in dispersal biology. His thesis examines the interactive effects of juvenile and adult density dependence on dispersal ability.
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 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 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.
Research interests: Squirrels
Miller Lab Alumni
|Nicole Freidenfelds||lab manager, 2011-2012||presently lab manager at University of Connecticut|
|Kate Snyder||senior thesis, 2012||presently research technician at Rice|
|Tatiana Fofanova||senior thesis, 2012|
|Johanna Ohm,||senior thesis, 2013||presently PhD student at Penn State|
|Rebecca Searle||senior thesis, 2012|