Dantzer Lab Spring 2020 (Matt Gaidica, Cam Venable missing)

Principal Investigator

Ben Dantzer


  Teera Losch (Core Assay Facility Manager)

       Tori Underhill, MSc. (Lab Manager)

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Dr. Matt Gaidica

Dr. Cam Venable

Graduate Students

Mena Davidson (Biopsychology Ph.D. student, 2018-present)

Charlotte Devitz (EEB MSc. student, 2018-present)

Sarah Westrick (Biopsychology Ph.D. student, 2015-present)

Matthew Whalen (Biopsychology Ph.D. student, 2019-present)

Undergraduate Students

Annie Kittendorf (Undergraduate Honor’s Thesis, 2019-2020)

     Bhargavi Ravishankar (Undergraduate research assistant, 2019-2020)

Stavi Tennenbaum (NSF REU, working on Undergraduate Honor’s Thesis, 2019-2020)

Dantzer Lab Alumni

Zoë Goodrow (MSc. Student, 2018-2019)

Zoë was an MSc. Student in Conservation Ecology in SEAS that was in the Dantzer Lab from 2018-2019 where she studied the experimental evolution of animal personality in North American red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) as a part of the Kluane Red Squirrel Project. Zoë just recently graduated and is currently working as a wildlife biology technician for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Madison, WI.

Dr. Sarah Guindre-Parker (NSERC PDF, 2017-2019)

Sarah was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab from 2017-2019 (co-supervised by Andrew McAdam at the University of Guelph). She studied how fluctuations in population density and food abundance have shaped the physiology and fitness of North American red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) as a part of the Kluane Red Squirrel Project.(see her recent publication in Biology Letters on this topic!). She is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology at Kennesaw State University where she is actively recruiting students.

Aura Raulo (Post-graduate student, 2014-2016)

Aura was a post-graduate student from the University of Helsinki and visited the research group while it was based in Cambridge and then at the University of Michigan. She completed a literature analysis project about the physiological mechanisms underlying variation in the expression of social behavior (Raulo & Dantzer 2018, Ecology & Evolution). She is now a Ph.D. student at Oxford University.

Dr. Tricia Rubi (NSF PDF, 2016-2018)

Tricia was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow. Her work focused on epigenetic, genetic, and behavioral patterns across an ecological range expansion in white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) in Michigan. She used historic museum specimens to conduct analyses on spatial and temporal patterns in DNA methylation across this range expansion (check out our recent preprint). Although she is now a postdoc in John Taylor’s lab at the University of Victoria, she continues to collaborate with us on her postdoc research.

Anne Sabol (Biopsychology MSc. student, 2016-2018)

Anne was a MSc. student in the Biopsychology Area at UM studying social networks and sociality in prairie voles. Anne is now a Ph.D. student at Florida International University. Click the link for more info about Anne.

Francesca Santicchia (Visiting Ph.D. student, 2016-2017)

Francesca was a a Ph.D. student at the Univ. Insubria working on the Alpine Squirrel Population Ecology Project with Prof. Luc Wauters. Her work in our lab explored how invasive species negatively impacted endemic species by increasing stress levels in the native species. She studied how the American grey squirrel increased stress levels of the endangered Eurasian red squirrels in Italy, producing an excellent manuscript that was recently published in the Journal of Animal Ecology. Read about this work on this blog Francesca wrote for the Journal of Animal Ecology.

Matt Sehrsweeney (Undergraduate student, 2016-2018)

As an undergraduate at UM, Matt conducted a survey to better understand the community relations between the Kluane Red Squirrel Project and the local community in the Yukon (published online here). Matt was also the head field technician for the Kluane Red Squirrel Project in Summer 2017 and even found time to publish his honors thesis project about the effects of stress on red squirrel vocalizations (see here). He is now a MSc. student in Conservation Ecology in the School for Environment and Sustainability at UM. Follow Matt on Twitter @msehrsweeney

Freya van Kesteren (Postdoc, 2015-2017)

Freya was a postdoc in the early stages of the Dantzer Lab studying the effects of maternal stress on offspring physiology. She is now working as a research technician at Michigan State University but still dreaming about squirrels.

Undergraduate Student Alumni

Former Field Technicians

Field technicians are an incredibly important part of my research projects. Below is a list of field technicians for each project and their last known whereabouts.

Kluane Red Squirrel Project:

Frances Stewart (2010) – Postdoc at Natural Resources Canada (Ph.D. at Univ. Victoria)

Stacie Evans (2012) – Living/working in Haines, AK

Dylan Pond (2012)  – MSc. Student at Univ. Manitoba

Monica Cooper (2015) – Applying for graduate school programs in biology

Sam Sonnega (2015) –  Now a MSc. student at Trent University with Dennis Murray

Sean Konkolics (2016) – Now a MSc. student at the University of Alberta with Stan Boutin

Claire Hoffmann (2016) – Now a Ph.D. student at Michigan State University

Matt Sehrsweeney (2016, 2017) – Now a MSc. student in Conservation Ecology in the School for Environment and Sustainability at UM.

Zach Fogel (2016, 2017) – Currently working field technician jobs

Laura Porter (2017) – Currently working field technician jobs

Noah Israel (2017-2018) – Working hard in on squirrels with Andreas Chavez

Alex Hare (2018) – now a Ph.D. student at Univ. Guelph

Coral Frenette-Ling (2018) – Currently working field technician jobs

Austin Rife (2018) – Currently working field technician jobs

Lindsay Millward (2019) – applying for graduate school

Laura Eiluk (2019) – Currently working hard in the Yukon

Andrew DeSana (2019) – Currently working hard in the Yukon

Cesar Estien (2019) – Currently working hard in the Yukon

Christine Kallenberg (2019) – Currently working hard in the Yukon

Mouse (Peromyscus) Project:

Greg Pandelis (2016) – Undergrad at Univ Michigan

Abbie Bristol (2017) – NSF REU at UMBS

Modeline Celestine (2018) – NSF REU at UMBS

Mari Rodriguez (2018) – NSF REU at UMBS