Current Lab Personnel
Jerry Kattawar III was born in Mississippi but spent much of his younger years in Mandeville, Louisiana. He attended Southeastern Louisiana University and received his BS degree in 2017. Jerry is in his second year, and for this thesis project he will be conducting a comparative population genetic study of two darter species (Relict Darter and Guardian Darter). Jerry is an avid New Orleans sports fan (Saints, Pelicans, etc) and tells us that he is a good basketball player. All I can say is that he hasn't had a chance to play against me on the court so I really don't know if he has any skills.
Aaron Krolow is in his second year in the Piller lab. Aaron is from Houston Texas, and completed his undergraduate degree at Texas State University in the summer of 2017. He is a long-distance runner and could clearly kick my behind in a race. He also plays a variety of instruments so maybe we can get him to join our band. His thesis project focuses on using eDNA techniques to examine fish diversity on the artificial reefs along the Louisiana coast.
Kearstin Findley is a first year graduate student in the lab. She graduated from Rockford University in 2018. She is from Illinois so she is automatically on the cool list in the lab. It is too early to know whether or not she is a Cubs fan or White Sox fan, but her answer will play a huge role on whether or not she stays on the cool list. She will be using ecological niche modelling coupled with field work to examine the distribution of a select group of threatened and imperiled fishes in Louisiana.
Laurel Nave-Powers received her undergraduate degree from Oregon State University in 2018. She is a native Oregonian, but I think that is going to quickly adapt to the good food, warm weather, great music, and great diversity of fishes in the south. What else could one ask for? She will be using geometric morphometrics to examine niche packing patterns of Cyprinoid fishes across the globe.
Megan Ryba graduated from the University of Central Missouri and as an undergraduate worked with a Piller lab alumus, Dr. Aaron Geheber. Megan is from the St. Louis area and based on the fact that she carries around a St. Louis Cardinals drinking glass I can only assume that she is a Cardinals fan (Yuk!). She is the talkative one in the lab and always asks good questions. She will be using eDNA techniques to examine the fish communities on the artificial reefs in Lake Pontchartrain.
Sarah Ward is originally from West Virginia but did her undergraduate work in South Carolina. Most recently, she returned from Bangkok, Thailand, where she was a middle and high school science teacher. Right now, she is the quiet one in the lab. We feel that she will show her true colors with time. Her research interests are varied, but she will be conducting a molecular and morphological study of Poeciliopsis pleurospilis in Mexico and Central America.
Former Graduate Students and Postdocs
Jerry Kattawar III, MS Southeastern Louisiana University, 2019 (PhD student, LSU)
Anna Gruszkiewicz, MS, Southeastern Louisiana University, 2018 (on the job/PhD program market)
Dave Cooper Campbell, MS, Southeastern Louisiana University, 2017 (PhD student, Tulane Univ)
Chantal Elyse Parker, MS, Southeastern Louisiana University, 2017 (PhD student, Yale Univ)
Courtney Weyand, MS, Southeastern Louisiana University, 2017 (PhD student, Auburn Univ)
Diego Elias, MS, Southeastern Louisiana University, 2016 (PhD student, LSU)
Kimberly Foster, MS, Southeastern Louisiana University, 2016 (PhD student, West Michigan Univ)
Savannah Michaelsen, MS Southeastern Louisiana University, 2015 (Biologist, Maryland DNR)
Luke Bower, MS Southeastern Louisiana University, 2013 (Postdoc Clemson Univ)
Marisa Stachowski, MS Southeastern Louisiana University, 2013 (PhD student, Loyola Univ)
Elizabeth Marchio, MS Southeastern Louisiana University, 2012 (PhD student, Texas AM)
David Camak, MS Southeastern Louisiana University, 2012 (PhD student, Univ New Mexico)
Malorie Hayes, MS Southeastern Louisiana University, 2013 (PhD student, Auburn Univ)
Carys Kenway Lynch, MS Southeastern Louisiana University, 2011 (Research Tech Tulane Primate Cnt)
Aaron Geheber, MS Southeastern Louisiana University, 2011 (Assistant Prof, Univ. Central Missouri)
Caleb McMahan, MS Southeastern Louisiana University, 2011 (Collection Manager Field Museum)
Lisa Cordes Landry, MS Southeastern Louisiana University, 2011 (Biological Equipment Sales)
Devin Bloom, MS Southeastern Louisiana University, 2007 (Assistant Prof, Western Michigan Univ)
Dr. Mollie Cashner, Assistant Professor, Austin Peay State University
Dr. Brian Bourke, Senior Research Associate, Univ of Notre Dame