Current Personnel, Alumni, and Collaborators  

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Hickerson – Principle Investigator –   cvGoogle Scholarhicker_banjo 

Associate Professor, Department of Biology
City College of New York (CCNY)
City University of New York (CUNY)
Marshak Science Building, Room J-526
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031 USA

Telephone, office: 212-650-8530
Telephone, research laboratory: 212 – 650 – 7000 – extension 13457
FAX: (212) 650-8585
mhickerson at ccny cuny edu

Research Associate, Invertebrate Zoology
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024 USA



Laura Bertola – Postdoctoral researcher – Leiden University

Laura is interested in how the rapidly changing field of genomics can contribute to conservation biology. During her PhD she explored different sources of DNA, such as non-invasively collected samples and museum specimens, to gain insight into the distribution of genetic diversity in the lion. She has also worked on metabarcoding and eDNA for assessing community composition. Currently she is work on a comparative adaptive genomics study of Neotropical co-distributed species from the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.


Isaac Overcast – Ph.D. Candidate isaac.overcast at BA Evergreen State College

isaac_photo“There is considerable opportunity to increase the power of phylogeographic methods by improving integration of genome scale data and enabling comparisons both within and between multiple taxa. I am primarily interested in developing these computational tools to facilitate comparative phylogeographic study at genome-scale levels and in extending current population genomic models to the level of assemblages.”


Alexander Xue – Ph.D. Candidate xanderxue at BS University of California, Berkeley 2011

Xander is interested in exploring the applicability of and developing phylogenetic and population genetic methods. In particular, he is interested in the usage of such methods in the context of community ecology and historical/projected responses to climate change. Specifically, he plans on developing the diffusion approximation approach for hierarchical modeling in order to make demographic inferences of ecological communities, and applying this to Australian fauna genomic data to infer responses of the Australian biota to Pleistocene climate shifts.


Vanessa Bonatti – visiting PhD candidate

img_1444Vanessa Bonatti is a visiting Ph.D student from the lab of Tiago Mauricio Francoy of the Universidade de São Paulo. Her research focuses on the phylogeography of an endemic stingless bee of Northeast of Brazil (Melipona. subnitida). She is using reduced genome data sampled across populations to understand the evolutionary history and generate information that can assist in the development of conservation strategies for this bee.




Pedro Taucce – visiting PhD candidate – pedrotaucce ‘at’ gmail ‘dot’ com

photo4981169071672371118Pedro Taucce is visiting from the lab of Celio Haddad of the São Paulo State University (Unesp), Rio Claro, São Paulo, Brazil. Pedro is using acoustic and molecular data to delimit cryptic frog species as well as reconstruct their evolutionary history. Pedro is now focusing on using anchored phylogenomics to understand the diversification and evolution of some leaf-litter dwelling frogs (the Ischnocnema guentheri complex) within the Brazilian Atlantic forest.






Lab Alumni 

Champak Beeravolu ReddyPostdoctoral Researcher. Champak is now a postdoctoral researcher in the the lab of Frédéric Guillaume. hickerlabheads


Diego Alvarado-Serrano – Postdoctoral Researcher  Diego Diego is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Michigan in the lab of Regina Baucom


John Robinson – Postdoctoral Researcher John was a postdoctoral researcher focusing on building a new ABC method that can accommodate population genomic scale  data under complex divergence with admixture models. John is now assistant professor at Michigan State University 


Katriina Ilves– Postdoctoral Researcher  Katriina is now assistant professorkatriina_dl.jpg at Pace University in manhattan.


Roberta Damasceno – Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher Roberta is at the Instituto de Biociências, Universidade de São Paulo6385_1209328346851_6897239_n


Terry Demos – PhD (2014) Terry is now a postdoctoral research at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago



JT Boehm – PhD (2014)  JT has begun a postdoctoral at the American Museum of Natural History with Robert DeSalle. JTsign






Gregory Thom – Visiting PhD candidate – biogrego ‘at’ yahoo ‘dot’ com ‘dot’ br

Greg is a PhD student in Dr. Cristina Miyaki’s lab at University of São Paulo, Brazil. His research on phylogeography of Neotropical birds aims to understand patterns of diversification and historical demographic processes in Amazonian lowlands anGregSquared related Biomes. He is also interested in new molecular tools applied to phylogenetic and population genetic approaches. His thesis focus on comparative phylogeography of Amazonian Birds associated to floodplain environments.




Natali Hurtado Miranda – Visiting PhD candidate. Natali  visited from the lab of Guillermo D’Elía at Universidad Austral de Chile.


Sara Lipshutz – Visiting PhD candidate –

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Sara Lipshutz is a PhD candidate in Dr. Elizabeth Derryberry‘s lab at Tulane University.


Cécile Gracianne Visiting PhD student  Cécile obtained her PhD from University of Orleans (France) & MS University of Rennes (France)



Ana Christina Fazza – Visiting PhD student. Ana is now a postdoctoral researcher inDr. Cristina Miyaki’s lab at University of São Paulo. DSCF4723


Stephen Harris – Visiting PhD Student from the Munshi-South lab. Stephen is now a postdoctoral researcher at Metebiota


Cedric Landerer Visiting Masters student (spring 2013) – Cedricis now a PhD student at the University of Tennessee in the lab of Michael Gilchrist


Tyler Joseph – Undergraduate Researcher (2014 – August 2016)  As of September 2016, Tyler is now a PhD candidate at Columbia University with  Itsik Pe’er and Yaniv Erlich.



Xiaoou Xie – Undergraduate researcher – Xiaoou has done extensive simulation studies to evaluate HABC performance as well as analyzes several large scale datasets of avian sister species pairs.DSC02834


Wen Huang – Wen was a undergraduate research who worked on developing software tools for HABC (msBayes). Wen has expanded msBayes to include additional summary statistics, tests for migration and multi-locus data with rate heterogeneity.



Tahira Sayed – Tahira was an undergraduate researcher working on the Molecular population genetic analysis of Lampreys



Chris Ludvik – Chris worked on a project that used DNA barcodes to detect invasive species in Moorea French Polynesia

Francois Desinor – Francois worked on a project that used DNA barcodes to detect invasive species in Moorea French Polynesia

Andrew Chen – High School Student (Bronx School of Science) – Andrew has conducted a study looking at the geographic mode of speciation in Indo-Pacific Chondrichthyes



Stephane Boissinot

Robb Brumfield

Lynsey Bunnefeld

Frank Burbrink

Yvonne Chan

Ana Carnaval

Elizabeth Derryberry

Brent Emerson

Ryan Gutenkunst

Konrad Lohse

Craig Moritz

Jason Munshi-South
Brian Smith

Graham Stone

Naoki Takebayashi


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