People

 

Caroline Williams, Principal Investigator 
cmw[at]berkeley[dot]edu

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I did my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the Department of Zoology at the University of Otago in Dunedin (New Zealand). I then lived in Japan and Malaysia for several years, teaching English as a second language and working on a science literacy magazine and natural history documentaries. I did my PhD in the Department of Biology at Western University in London, Ontario (Canada) in the lab of Brent Sinclair. In 2012, I moved to Florida to start my postdoctoral research in Dan Hahn’s lab in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida, Gainesville (USA). I am fascinated by how insects and other ectotherms maintain metabolism and performance in fluctuating environments.

 

 

Lisa Treidel, PhD candidate 
lisa.treidel[at]berkeley[dot]edu

Prior to coming to UC Berkeley, I completed my Lisa picBachelors in Biology at Bucknell University and my Masters at Illinois State University. My previous research has focused on investigating how oxidative stress, a potential consequence of physiological changes, is related to the environment. For example, the primary aim of my Masters was to determine how temperature fluctuations during incubation influenced early-life oxidative stress of turtles. Currently the focus of my planned dissertation work is on the role of changes in energy efficiency in trade-offs and life history evolution.

Kevin Roberts, PhD candidate
kevrob[at]berkeley[dot]edu  

I did both my Bachelor’s and Master’s at Sonoma State University with Nathan Rank, examining how central metabolic genes vary among populations of the willow beetle Chrysomela aeneicollis inhabiting thermally variable localities across latitude and elevation. I joined the Williams  lab in 2015, where I am continuing my work on willow beetles. I am interested in overwinter adaptation of insects and how changes in snow cover will alter selective pressures and influence physiological processes.

Ana Lyons, PhD candidate
lyonsa[at]berkeley[dot]edu

Ana is an NSF GRFP Fellow and PhD candidate in Integrative Biology, with an emphasis in Computational Biology. For her dissertation research, Ana is interested in unraveling the biochemical mechanisms and evolution of cold tolerance in tardigrades or “water bears”—using a combination of wet lab techniques, computational biology, and field work. Before starting graduate school, Ana worked as a 7th Grade Science public school teacher, working in the Bronx for the New York City Department of Education. She is a first generation college student from rural Michigan (from a village of about 300 people), and holds a B.S. in Biology & Philosophy from MIT (‘12) and a M.A.T. in Secondary Science Education from Relay Graduate School of Education (‘15). She has a strong passion for social justice, decolonizing science, and making STEM education more engaging and accessible for everyone. Email: lyonsa[at]berkeley.edu

Andre Szejner Sigal, PhD candidate 
aszejner[at]berkeley[dot]edu

I completed my Bachelor of Science in Entomology at University of Florida. My research interests fall in the intersection between insect physiology and ecology. Before joining the Williams Lab I worked on insect cold tolerance, metabolic cold adaptation, and speciation. My current research focuses on overwintering physiology and adaptation in the convergent ladybeetle (Hippodamia convergens).

Emily King, PhD candidate 
emily_king[at]berkeley[dot]edu

 

Current undergraduates

Melissa Lopez

Makayla Arkara

Christopher Huebner

Hannah Richie

Raul Alvarez

Daisy Stocks

Christina Lee

Claire Bang

Gessen Sigrid Quintanilla Ramirez

 

 

 

 

Alumni

Undergraduates

Rose Kang (Honors thesis)

Katelyn Adam

Varun Bahl

Jessica Lee

Annie Sompayrac (Honors thesis)

Gina Kotos

 

Visiting scholar

Baojun Sun, Chinese Academy of Sciences

 

Postdoctoral Associate

Rebecca Clark (soon to be at Sienna College)