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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)

Graduate Students

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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.

Kenny Makmuri

Kenny is a Biology Major with a concentration in Molecular Biology. He joined the lab in Fall 2019. Kenny is investigating the contact zone between two American Pika subspecies in Rocky Mountain National Park, CO.

Athena Tani

Athena is a Biology Major. She joined the lab in Fall 2019 and is investigating the contact zone between two American Pika subspecies in Rocky Mountain National Park, CO.

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.

(C) Jessica A. Castillo Vardaro 2019

Cover art by Jenna Curtis