Dr. Catherine Badgley
I am interested in ecological, evolutionary, and geohistorical processes that influence the diversity of mammals in ecosystems and lineages. My research focuses on species richness and ecological structure of mammalian faunas from the scale of individual localities and fossil assemblages to major ecological regions and continents. A major research focus is evaluating the influences of landscape history (tectonics and climate) on regional diversification of mammals over the last 25 million years. A related goal is to assess causes of diversity gradients for modern mammals across regions and continents. A third research theme focuses on comparing the influences of different modern systems of food and agriculture on biodiversity.
M.S. Student, Ecology & Evolutionary Biologyaureliaa_at_umich_dot_edu
I am interested in how human-induced environmental changes affect natural systems and how abiotic and biotic factors affect where species can and cannot persist. I received my Bachelor's of Science degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. Before graduating, I participated in the Aquatic Chemical Ecology REU program at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2016 where I conducted a project analyzing color changes of Lake Malawi cichlid males of different ecotypes. Before coming to the University of Michigan, I worked as a research technician at the Georgia Institute of Technology where I conducted research to de-orphanize olfactory receptors found in the human colon and lungs. Additionally, I am a Rackham Merit Fellowship recipient.
Ph.D. Candidate, Earth & Environmental Scienceshardyf_at_umich_dot_edu
I work on a variety of topics, including mammals from the Miocene (24 million years ago) to the Pleistocene (10 thousand years ago). My Miocene work focuses on how changes in faunal assemblages are related to geologic events, such as mountain uplift or climate change. The Basin and Range holds a fossil record with abundant evidence of regional changes in mammal diversity, and informs us about the biogeography of western North America. My background is in traditional geology, and I obtained Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Geoscience at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Ph.D. Candidate, Earth & Environmental Sciencesbianwang_at_umich_dot_edu
I research the ecology and biogeography of ungulate mammals in both modern and paleo ecosystems, with a focus on the middle Miocene of North America. I use a combination of stable isotopes, geometric morphometrics, and other methods to reconstruct the dietary ecology, water use, and body size of ungulates from two topographically distinct regions, the Mojave region in California and the central Great Plains, through the middle Miocene episode of global warming. In doing so, I investigate how landscape history affects mammalian biogeography and biodiversity. Aside from mammalian paleoecology, I'm also broadly interested in mammalian functional morphology, geochemistry, and geology.
Dr. Katharine Loughney
Postdoctoral Research Fellowloughney_at_umich_edu
My research focuses on the connection between vertebrate-fossil preservation and stratigraphy on both local and basin-wide scales. I completed my dissertation in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan in 2018, where I studied the depositional environments, taphonomy, and paleoecology of Miocene mammals from the Barstow Formation in the Mojave Desert, California. For my current position, I am compiling stratigraphic data for basins of the North American western interior to incorporate into reconstructions of topography for the past 36 million years. These topographic reconstructions will help us test hypotheses about mammal diversification patterns for western North America over the Neogene. For more information on my research, visit my website.
Ph.D. 2018, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
I studied the diversification of bats, a group characterized by enormous ecological innovation, dispersal across numerous biomes, and species richness around the globe. By integrating large-scale genetic, spatial, and morphological datasets, I worked to illuminate the processes that generate bat diversity and control their biogeographic distributions. I am currently an Education Program Specialist in the University of Minnesota Center for Educational Innovation.
Ph.D. 2016, Earth & Environmental Sciences
I am interested in mammalian evolutionary ecology, biogeography, landscape processes, and stable isotope biogeochemistry. My research investigates diversity dynamics and paleoecology of Miocene mammals in relation to tectonic and climate history in western North America. I am currently a Research Fellow in the Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University. For more information, visit my website.
Dr. M. Soledad Domingo
Former Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology, 2010-2013
My research interests focus on the ecology and diversity of Neogene mammalian faunas. I use several approaches to learn about the life, death, behavior and habitat of extinct mammals including macroevolutionary studies, taphonomical analyses and stable isotope analyses of skeletal tissues. I am currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Evolutionary Ecology, Estación Biológica de Doñana, Spain. For more information, visit my website.
Former M.S. Student, Ecology & Evolutionary Biologycabler_at_umich_dot_edu
My research interests lie in animal ecology, specifically, the fields of animal behavior, biogeography, and conservation biology. While pursuing my master's degree, I researched the behavior of gelada monkeys and their interactions with humans in the Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, through direct observation and analysis of their behavioral responses, resource availability, and movement ecology. I am currently a Research Specialist in the Duhaime Lab, UM Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major
UROP project: "Jaw disparity in relation to diet in the order Artiodactyla, with implications for paleo ecology" (with B. Wang)
Current project: "Distribution of the diets of modern mammals in the order Artiodactyla in relation to climatic and physiographic variables" (with Dr. Badgley and B. Wang)
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2019-2020
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences major
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2014-2017
Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Earth and Environmental Sciences graduate 2017
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2014
Kimberly Wiley (Bryn Mawr College, PA) and Dacotah Wolf Necklace (Sitting Bull College, ND)
2013 ED-QUE²ST REU Students
Kimberly's project: "Dietary habits of fossil antelope from Pakistan" (with Dr. Badgley)
Dacotah's project: "Dietary habits of living and fossil desert rodents" (with Dr. Badgley and T. Smiley)