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Dr. Jessica Castillo Vardaro

Assistant Professor

Dr. Castillo Vardaro joined the Department of Biological Sciences in January 2019. For more details click here.

 

Courses:

Evolutionary Genetics (BIOL 118)

Functional Morphology (BIOL 114)

Molecular Ecology (BIOL 145)

Graduate Students

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Emily Hadjes

Emily joined the lab in Fall 2020. She received her bachelors degree from Sacramento State. She is studying population genetics and adaptation in American pikas.

Michael Hernandez

Michael joined the lab in Fall 2020. He received his bachelors from UCSB and worked with the National Parks Service before joining the lab. He is studying population genetics of American pikas, including how diet and gut parasites affect population health.

Undergraduate Students

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Brent Alvey

Brent is a Biology Major with a concentration in Ecology & Evolution. He joined the lab in Fall 2019. Brent is working on the Urban Ecology of San Jose State University, with a focus on tree squirrels (Sciurus sp.)

Kelcey Brown-Meacham

Kelcey is a Biology Major with a concentration in Marine Biology. She joined the lab in Spring 2019. She is investigating the relationship between American pika morphology and environmental factors, including climate and vegetation. To accomplish this, she is combining natural history museum specimen data with remotely sensed climate data.

Theodore Tran

Theodore is a Biology Major with a concentration in Marine Biology. He joined the lab in Spring 2019. He is assessing the effectiveness of a new protocol for molecular sexing of American pika from non-invasively collected fecal pellets. Theodore is also optimizing a protocol for collecting non-invasive genetic samples from tree squirrels.

Monica Villaseñor

Monica is a Biology Major with a concentration in Ecology & Evolution. She joined the lab Summer 2019. She is working on population genetics of American pikas in the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin.

Yvonne Luong

Yvonne joined the lab in Fall 2020. She is a Biology major with a concentration in Ecology & Evolution and she is interested in Wildlife Conservation Biology.

Lab Alumni

Athena Tani

Athena was a lab member in Fall 2019. She investigated the contact zone between two American Pika subspecies in Rocky Mountain National Park, CO.

Kenny Makmuri

Kenny was a lab member in AY19-20. He investigated the contact zone between two American Pika subspecies in Rocky Mountain National Park, CO.

Jazmine Gomez

Jazmine was a lab member in Spring 2020. She contributed to various lab projects.

(C) Jessica A. Castillo Vardaro 2019

Cover art by Jenna Curtis