People in the Lab
Dr. Jeff Lozier
Lab PI - Assistant Professor
email: jlozier <at> ua.edu
It's starting to get less lonely here, but still come on and apply to the Department of Biological Sciences! My own work tends to focus on projects with both applied and basic components, so I encourage students who are also interested in studying interesting ecological and evolutionary aspects of topics like conservation, invasive species, or pollination. Research in the lab will deal mostly with insects like bumble bees, aphids, and parasitoids, but projects span across all sorts of animals so people interested in applying genetic tools to their organism of interest should feel free to contact me.
Dr. Jeff Lozier's Curriculum Vitae | Google Scholar
Dr. Meaghan Pimsler
Meaghan Pimsler, life-long bug nerd, is excited to begin working with bumblebees here at the University of Alabama after finishing her postgraduate education at Texas A&M University. Meaghan will be working on our NSF study of latitude and altitude adaptation, specifically bringing her expertise of RNAseq to the project.
Jason will be coming to UA from our hated rivals Ole Miss, where he has been working with Brice Noonan on biogeography of islands, focusing on ants of Madagascar. Jason has broad interests, including invasive species, biogeography, and general population genetics. Jason will be working on “new generation” methods in population genomics to examine phylogeography of different color morphs in the bumble bee Bombus bifarius and to look at local adaptation in montane bees.
Riley is a native of Alabama, who is coming to the lab following an NSF REU project looking at the invasive kudzu bug, Megacopta cribaria. We are currently exploring some project ideas to look at novel aspects of this species’ introduction and spread using population genetics approaches
PhD Candidate (co-Chair with Leslie Rissler)
Peter joined the lab in the last year or so, after Leslie Rissler left UA for NSF (and we are glad to have him, although are sad that he's almost done)! Peter came from Tod Reeder’s lab at San Diego State University. At SDSU he studied phylogeography and species relationships within the Orange-throated Whiptail lizard group. Peter is interested in comparative phylogeography, species limits, and using interdisciplinary methods and next-generation sequencing to understand speciation and range dynamics in species groups. He is focused on the federally threatened Flattened Musk Turtle and loves sleeping in Walmart parking lots. Primarily a herpetologist, but always striving to be a better naturalist, Peter is also interested in helping expand the herpetology collection at the University of Alabama. Congrats to Peter on an NSF DDIG!
Undergraduate Student Researchers