BEES Faculty


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Alexa Bely, Associate Professor, Department of Biology. Regeneration, asexual reproduction, evolution, development, annelid

Gerald Borgia, Professor; Department of Biology. Sexual selection, mate choice **Currently not taking students**

Mike Braun, Research Scientist, Dept. of Vertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History. Molecular genetics; Biological Diversity; Molecular Phylogenetics; Avian Biogeography and Conservation.

Karen Carleton,  Professor, Department of Biology. Vision, molecular evolution, genomics.


Catherine Carr, Professor, Department of Biology. Comparative auditory neurobiology. **Currently not taking new students**

Priscila Chaverri, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Sciences & Landscape Architecture.  Fungal systematics; Mycology;  Phylogenetics;  Evolution;  Tropics

Allen Collins,  Zoologist, National Museum of Natural History.  Systematics, evolution , Cnidaria, Porifera, Metazoa

Michael Cummings, Professor, Department of Biology. Molecular evolution, phylogenetics, bioinformatics, computational biology.


Lindley Darden, Professor, Philosophy Department. History and philosophy of modern biology, ontology of biological mechanisms, functional genomics, disease mechanisms, evolutionary mechanisms. *Currently not taking new students*

Charles Delwiche, Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics; Director, Biological Sciences Graduate Program. Evolution, genomics, algae, photosynthesis, plant. 

William A. DiMichele, Curator of Fossil Plants, Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.  Paleoecology, Paleobotany, Evolutionary biology, Paleobiogeography, earth history. 

Jay Evans, Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS Bees Research Lab. Honey bee, genomics, insect immunity, host-parasite, pollination.

Bill Fagan, Professor and Department Chairperson, Department of Biology. Theoretical Ecology, Spatial Ecology, Quantitative Biology, Statistical Ecology, Ecological Informatics.

Heidi Fisher, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology. Sexual Selection, Sperm Biology, Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics. 

Robert Fleischer, Center Head, Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics, National Zoo. Evolution;  conservation; genomics;  pathogens;  vertebrates

Douglas Gill, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology. Population; Evolution; Botany; Conservation; Vertebrates. *Currently not taking new students**

Daniel Gruner, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology. Community ecology; food webs; biodiversity; insects and arthropods; global change.

Eric Haag, Associate Professor, Department of Biology. Evolution of development, evolution of sex, comparative genomics, C. elegans, developmental biology.

Kelly Hamby, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology. Agricultural pest management, entomology, microbiology, molecular biology, toxicology

David Hawthorne, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology. Ecological genetics, insect toxicology, environmental risk assessment, transdisciplinary team science, synthesis science.

Anson "Tuck" Hines, Senior Scientist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC). Marine & estuarine ecology, community ecology **Currently not taking new students**

Helen F. James, Curator in Charge, Vertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Avian morphology; avian phylogeny; island paleoecology; extinction; biological conservation.

Steven Jay, Assistant Professor, Fischell Department of Bioengineering.Protein engineering, microRNA, exosomes, extracellular vesicles, drug delivery.

William Jeffery, Professor, Department of Biology. Development; evolution; genetics; regeneration.  **Currently not taking new students**

Philip Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology. Theoretical population genetics; immunological modeling; analytic, methods for ancient DNA; computational biology. 

Scott Juntii, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology (starting July 2017).  Social behavior, Neural circuits Gene regulation, Nuclear hormone receptors, Automated behavior analysis

Matthew Kelley, Section Chief, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institutes of Health. Development, cell fate; cochlea, inner ear, hearing.

Thomas Kocher, Professor, Department of Biology.  Molecular evolution; Population genetics; Evolution of development; Genetics of speciation; Evolution of sex determination.

Conrad Labandeira, Curator Paleoentomology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Plant-insect interactions; fossil record; herbivory; pollination; paleoecology

William Lamp, Professor, Department of Entomology. Plant-insect interactions, sap-feeding insects, pest management, aquatic insects, functional ecology

Peter Leimgruber, Research Scientist, Conservation Ecology Center, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoo. Conservation, spatial analysis, movement ecology. **Currently not taking new students** 

Karen Lips,  Professor, Department of Biology. Disease ecology; amphibians;  climate change

Carlos Machado, Professor, Department of Biology. Evolution, Genomics, Speciation, Population genetics, Coevolution

Peter Marra, Head,
Migratory Bird Center
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Population Ecology, Migratory Birds, Conservation, Tracking, Connectivity, Population Dynamics, Full Annual Cycle Biology, Seasonal Interactions

Shirley Micallef, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Sciences & Landscape Architecture. Enteric pathogen plant interactions, plant influence on associating bacteria, food safety of fresh produce, microbiology of agricultural systems, Good Agricultural Practices, phytobiomes.

Charles Mitter, Professor, Department of Entomology. Systematics, phylogeny, evolution, insects.  **Currently not taking new students**

Steve Mount, Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics.RNA splicing, bioinformatics, genetics, genomics, molecular evolution.

Maile Neel, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology. Conservation biology; landscape ecology; conservation genetics; landscape genetics

Jon Norenburg, Chair & Research Zoologist, Invertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Invertebrates, Marine, Systematics, Evolution, Molecular, Morphology, Nemertea, Meiofauna

Karen Osborn, Research Zoologist, Invertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Invertebrate zoology; phylogenetics; midwater; Open ocean; species delimitation

Margaret Palmer, Professor, Department of Entomology; Director, National Socio-environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). Restoration ecology, stream ecosystems.

John D. Parker, Research Ecologist, Senior Scientist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC). Invasions; Biodiversity/Ecosystem Function; Climate Change; Herbivory; Chemical Ecology

Cynthia Parr, Technical Information Specialist, USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Informatics, behavior, biodiversity, agriculture, semantics, traits.  


John Pepper, Biologist, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute; Adjunct Associate Professor, Biology, UMD. Evolutionary theory; Social evolution; Multilevel selection; Darwinian Medicine.

Leslie Pick, Professor & Chairperson, Department of Entomology. Evo-devo, developmental biology, Hox genes, Drosophila, segmentation

Arthur Popper, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology. Fish, hearing, noise, behavior, bioacoustics. 
**Currently not taking new students**

Marjorie Reaka, Professor, Department of Biology. Biodiversity and extinction on coral reefs and in fossil and contemporary Crustacea.

Benjamin Rosenthal, Zoologist, Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory, USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS).  Parasitology, population genetics, epidemiology, agriculture.

Jeffrey Shultz, Professor, Department of Entomology. Morphology, evolution, systematics, sexual selection, arachnology.

Jiuzhou "John" Song, Associate Professor, Department of Avian and Animal Sciences. Animal genetics, epigenetics, genome and environment interaction

Arlin Stotzfus, Research Scientist, Biosystems & Biomaterials Division, Institute for Biotechnolgy & Bioscience Research (IBBR).Mutation, evolution, bioinformatics, theory. **Currently not taking new students**

Hans-Dieter Sues, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, National Museum of Natural history, Smithsonian Institution.Vertebrate phylogeny, paleobiology, macroevolution, extinction. **Currently not taking new students**

Nate Swenson, Associate Professor, Department of Biology. Director, BEES Concentration Area, BISI. Plant Ecology and Evolution, Tropical Biology, Community Ecology, Biogeography, Plant Function, Phylogenetics, Biodiversity Informatics.

Kaci Thompson, Director, Undergraduate Research & Internship Programs, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences.  Animal behavior, behavioral development, science education. **Currently not taking new students**

Gerald Wilkinson, Interim Dean, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences; Professor, Department of Biology. Behavioral ecology, evolutionary genetics, animal communication, bats, flies

Scott Wing, Curator of Fossil Plants, Paleobiology, Natural Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Paleoclimate, paleoecology, paleobotany, plant evolution.

Elizabeth Zimmer, Research Botanist & Curator, National Museum of Natural History. Plant molecular systematics, Plant molecular evolution, Plant population genetics, Multigene families,