Former Members of the StiremanLab

Graduate students


Jeremy Heath – Ph.D. Wright State University Heath

Environmental Sciences Program

Thesis: Assessing the drivers of adaptive radiation in a complex of gall midges: A multitrophic perspective on ecological speciation

(Now a postdoc at North Carolina State University)


Dan Davis – M.S. Wright State UniversityDanDavis

Thesis topic: A Structural phylogenetic framework of Tachinidae based on Molecular Data


Julietta, Diego & Emma

Diego J. Inclan – M.S. Wright State University

Thesis: Revision of the Genus Erythromelana Townsend, 1919 (Diptera: Tachinidae) with notes on their phylogeny and diversification

Julietta Granados Chaves – Research Assistant


Brenda Wells- M.S. Wright State University

Thesis: Ecological Speciation in a Multi-Trophic Complex: Gall Midges, Goldenrods, and Parasitoids


Annie Doyle – M.S. Wright State University

Thesis: Effects of Forest Fragmentation and Honeysuckle Invasion on Forest Lepidoptera in Southwest Ohio


Kristina Solch – Nonthesis M.S., Wright State University

Currently in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Ohio State University


Hilary Devlin (Research Technician) M. Phil. University of St. Andrews


Seth Jenkins


Undergraduate Students


Beth Stayrook – Kickass Undergraduate research assistant

(resident PCR master)


  • Heidi Schneck (2011-2012) “DNA barcoding of tropical parasitic flies”
  • Caleb Dukeman (2010-2011) Biology Honors student:  “Molecular identification of parasitic flies (Tachinidae) in the Ecuadorian Andes and their association with Lepidoptera hosts”
  • Bridgett Severt (2011) – “Phylogeny and evolution of tachinid flies”
  • Todd England (2010)– “A survey of insect diversity on Ash trees”
  • Kelsey Fultz (2010) – “AFLP analysis of Chalcidoid wasps”, currently a PhD student at Ohio State
  • Eric Woebbe (2010) – “Evolutionary ecology of ambrosia gall midges”, currently a MS student at Wright State
  • Chris Bayes (2010) – “Evolutionary ecology of ambrosia gall midges”
  • Kirsten Ulrich (2010) – “Evolutionary ecology of ambrosia gall midges”
  • Benjamin Doane (2009-2010)– “Ant diversity and resource use in the WSU woods.”
  • Hilary Allen (2008-2009) Biology Honors student: “Genetic structure within Hyphantria cunea in relation to host-plant preference and geography”
  • Seth Jenkins (2008) – subsequently joined the Stirelab as an MS student
  • Patrick McAfee (2007-2008)- “Forest Lepidoptera of Ohio and their response to habitat fragmentation.”
  • Brenda Wells (2007) – subsequently joined the Stirelab as an MS student – see above
  • Katie Selhorst (2007) – Dayton Metroparks internship student
  • Sarah Hill (2007) – “Evolutionary ecology of ambrosia gall midges”
  • Jenny Philips (2007) – “Evolutionary ecology of ambrosia gall midges”
  • Jason Ison (2006) – “Ants of the Wright State Woods”
  • Anne Royer (2005-2006) – currently a graduate student at Michigan State University

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