Current Lab Personnel

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Erica Rottmann graduated from Southeastern with her BS in 2013 and is now a seasoned veteran in the lab.  She has been at Southeastern for so long that we have to consider whether or not we want to grant her tenure.  Her MS thesis project focuses on using environmental DNA (eDNA) to monitor imperiled darters and cyprinids in the Lake Pontchartrain and Pearl River basins.  Erica is also a registered massage therapist and a former school bus owner and occupant.

Email: Erica.Rottmann@southeastern.edu

 

Anna Gruszkiewicz is a seasoned veteran in the Piller lab, now starting her second year.  She completed her BS degree from BYU in Provo, UT, but she is a native of Knoxville, TN. For her thesis project, she is studying body size evolution in poeciliids.  Anna is a big fan of white bagels (regular bagels to the rest of us), Red Bull, and sleeping late. She has adapted to life in south Louisiana but even after a year in the lab, we still don't have a lot of dirt on her.

Email: Anna.Gruszkiewicz@southeastern.edu

 

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. Last year he worked in the Piller lab as an undergraduate and he conducted a small phylogenetic study on the silverside genus Atherinella (Atherinopsidae).  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.

Email: Jerry.Kattawar@southeastern.edu

 

Aaron Krolow is the newest member of the Piller lab.  He literally just got out of the car and arrived on campus. Aaron is from Houston Texas, and just 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 will focus on using eDNA techniques to examine fish diversity on the artificial reefs in Lake Pontchartrain.

 

Email: Aaron.Krolow@southeastern.edu

 

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Former Graduate Students and Postdocs

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 (PhD student, Texas AM)

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