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wct Wendy C. Turner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at the University at Albany
State University of New York
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Current Lab Members

 
Naima Starkloff
Naima Starkloff
Ph.D. student, UAlbany Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program
co-advised with Dr. Jeremy Kirchman at the New York State Museum
Naima’s primary research goal is to document how bird diversity varies across space. She has recently delved deeper to investigate how the diversity of the blood parasites that live within birds vary across host species and geography. She is also interested in the effects of climate change on host and parasite ranges. Naima’s Ph.D. research focuses on Catharus thrushes and their Haemosporidian parasites.
 
Samantha Hoff
Samantha Hoff
Ph.D. student, UAlbany Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program
Samantha is studying the ecology of the northern long-eared bat, a species experiencing drastic population declines due to the fungal disease white-nose syndrome. She is investigating the mechanisms allowing coastal populations to persist despite infection, including potential genetic differences in population structure, determining factors influencing occupancy, and addressing data gaps in hibernation behavior. Her field work involves acoustic monitoring, mist netting, and radio tracking.
 yen-hua  Yen-Hua Huang, D.V.M.
Ph.D. student, UAlbany Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program
Yen-Hua is attracted to the ecology of wild mammals and infectious diseases, especially in how animal behavior promotes or blocks disease transmission. He is interested in field studies and using empirical data to link to theories.
Zoe Barandongo Zoe Barandongo
Ph.D. student, UAlbany Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program
Zoe is interested in microbiology and molecular biology of Bacillus anthracis, and how pathogen diversity may alter anthrax outbreak dynamics.

 

Previous Lab Members

zoe Zoe Barandongo, MSc (2015)
Department of Biology, University of Namibia
Co-advised with Dr. John Mfune
Thesis: Dust bathing behaviours of elephants, zebras and wildebeest and the potential risk of inhalational anthrax in Etosha National Park
zeppe Zepee Havarua, MSc (2011)
Department of Animal Science, University of Namibia
Co-advised with Dr. John Mfune
Thesis: Seasonal foraging behaviour of the plains zebra and the African elephant in relation to the occurrence of anthrax in Etosha National Park.
peace Peace Imologhome, MSc (2011)
Department of Animal Science, University of Namibia
Co-advised with Dr. Godwin Kaaya and Dr. Irvin Mpofu
Thesis: The relationships among nutrition, soil ingestion and anthrax occurrence in zebra and springbok in Etosha National Park, Namibia.

 

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