Lab Members

 

MARTIN TURCOTTE -  A.K.A.  ‘MART’

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Martin Turcotte

Martin Turcotte

Dept. of Biological Sciences, 203 Clapp Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA 15260-3929

turcotte@pitt.edu

Twitter: @Exp_EvoEco

I am fascinated by evolutionary change. The extent and complexity of adaptions as well as the speed at which evolution can occur is truly remarkable. My research experimentally test how such evolution is driven by and is a driver of ecological dynamics and species interactions. 

My scientific career began at McGill studying adaptation in green algae and on stickleback gene flow in British Columbia. I then joined David Reznick and Daniel Hare at the University of California Riverside for my Ph.D.. There using experimental evolution in the field, I showed that rapid aphid evolution significantly alters concurrent population dynamics. In 2011, I began a postdoc with Marc Johnson at the University of Toronto at Mississauga working on plant-herbivore interactions and plant domestication. In 2014, I joined Jonathan Levine’s lab as an independent ACE postdoc at ETH in Zurich Switzerland working on the impacts of phenotypic plasticity and species coexistence. There I began working on Duckweed as a model system for Evolutionary Community Ecology. In 2017 I joined Pitt as an Assistant Professor where I intend to share my love of evolutionary-ecology with the current and next generations.

Joshua Armstrong -  -  - Research Technician

Josh sampling duckweed

Josh sampling duckweed

I have always been very intrigued with ecology and evolution. I graduated from Penn State Behrend in 2015 with a degree in Biology with a focus in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. Yes, I am a huge Penn State fan and I bleed blue and white but I also think Pitt is a great university. While I was undergrad, I did research on bacterial communities in wetlands and I also worked on an insect genetic barcoding research project. Aside from biology, I’m a huge nerd and I love music. I’ve lived in Western PA my whole life and really excited to do field work all over the surrounding area. I am really excited to be part of this lab and really enjoy helping research duckweed both in the lab and the field.

Undergraduate Researchers

Ashley Morris

I am a senior Ecology and Evolution major. Upon graduation I want to work with the conservation of native tree species. I like watching hockey and taking hikes around the Pittsburgh parks.

Ashley Morris

Ashley Morris

David Conover

I'm a Junior Molecular Biology Major-Biochemistry focus at Pitt with an interest in field research and adventure. I spend most of my time outside either hiking, biking, or fishing.

David Conover

Kaila Orlandini

I'm a senior biology major here at Pitt with an interest in ecology. I'm a huge animal lover and when I graduate I hope to pursue a career in behavioral ecology. I also enjoy reading, hiking, and exploring new places.

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Jacob Kaminski

I'm an undergraduate Biology/Anthropology dual-major with extreme interests in Ecology and Evolution. I've been a part of three major studies here at the University of Pittsburgh ranging from disease-transmission dynamics in Stegodyphus and Rana pipiens to behavioral plasticity in Agelenopsis. Whether my specimen had a spine or not, I certainly do, and hope to boldly go where no scientist has gone before (if you can't tell from the reference, I'm a huge science fiction nerd). When I'm not in the lab, I'm usually neck-deep in research articles, or chilling with my cat.

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Swapna Subramanian

I am an Ecology and Evolution/Anthropology double major, and I think evolution is super cool. I intern at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in the Herpetology Department, and I previously did research on salamander diets, specifically species in the Plethodontidae family. I run a wildlife photography Instagram account called @ecologyiscool (shameless plug) and also like reading fantasy novels and annoying my friends with ecology/evolution facts constantly.

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HUXLEY

Huxley not impressed by the Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland.

Huxley not impressed by the Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland.

Lab mascot and collector of rubs and treats. 

 

 

 

 

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