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Past Schulte Lab Personnel


Past Graduate Students


Jenny HarperJennifer Young Harper, 2001.  Jenny is Associate Professor at Bainbridge State College, Bainbridge, GA.





Helen LoiziHelen Loizi, 2004.  Helen and her husband own a 7000 sq ft Wellness/Physical Therapy office which includes yoga, indoor tennis and golf, massage therapy, and personal training.






 Chifuyu Horikoshi, 2004.  Chifuyu is completing a PhD in August  2015 in New Zealand.






Katie Bagley VyasKathryn R. Bagley Vyas, 2004.  Katie is Assistant Curator of Birds at the Denver Zoo.









Jessica Brzyski Jessica R. Brzyski, 2005.  Jessica is Assistant Professor of Biology at Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA.







Christen MerteChristen E. Merte, 2006.  Christen received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from  Michigan State University. Following her graduation in May 2013 from MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, she planned to continue her professional career at Plum Island Animal Disease Center In New York.  Sadly, Christen passed away on August 14, 2013.

Following her graduation in May, 2013 from MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, she planned to continue her professional career at Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York. - See more at:
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University. - See more at:
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University. - See more at:
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University. - See more at:




Dhaval VyasDhaval K. Vyas, 2006.  Dhaval is a PhD candidate at Colorado State University.  "I am a new PhD student working with Paul Ode on a project exploring parasitic wasps and the biological control of a pest caterpillar. My research will utilize laboratory and field experiments to examine competitive exclusion between two species of parasitic wasps. I am originally from Maryland, but I have lived in Georgia since 2006. I have a BA in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University and an MS in Biology from Georgia Southern University. Field research projects on primates, rhinoceros and elephants have taken me to the wilds of Puerto Rico, South Africa, Tanzania and Thailand. I am eager to transfer my experiences from studies on mammals to the world of insects. Outside of academics, I have worked as a zookeeper, environmental planner and animal behaviorist. Personal interests include dog training, backpacking, birding, wildlife photography and competitive eating."


Jordie MeyerJordana M. Meyer, 2006.  Jordie is a PhD candidate at Stanford University ( and is the Founder of Wildtrax Explorations Wildlife Conservation Programs (




Ryan BergerRyan Berger, 2007.  Ryan is a Winter Biologist at Farallon Islands, Point Blue Conservation Science.





Erek NaporaErek Napora, 2007.  Erek is farming/homesteading in TN/VA with his wife and two children.







Rhea EspositoRhea M. M. Esposito, 2008.  Rhea completed a PhD in Behavioral Ecology in December 2015 at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.  She is currently Program Leader at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.







Stacie CasteldaStacie Castelda Bickley, 2008.  Stacie received her M.Sc. at Georgia Southern University in 2008 and completed her PhD at George Mason University/Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.  Stacie’s research interest includes behavioral ecology, conservation biology, non-invasive wildlife monitoring, and human-wildlife conflicts.  She is currently working in central Brazil studying the relationship and interactions of three canid species: the hoary fox, crab-eating fox, and maned wolf in a highly anthropogenic modified Cerrado landscape.  She is a research biologist for the Programa de Conservação Mamiferos do Cerrado and a recipient of a Fulbright Student Study Grant – Brazil.   Animal poo is amazing; it can tell us so much about an individual, a species, or a population.



Nabil NaseeriNabil Naseeri, 2009.  Nabil is a PhD Candidate at the University of Vermont. Nabil's PhD dissertation is looking at the the direct and indirect effects of an ant-hemipteran mutualism on the invertebrate community structure and their host plant, mesquite in south Texas. He is interested in the reciprocal interactions or feedback loops between host plant quality and the ant-hemipteran mutualism and their effect on driving the invertebrate community.



Bekah KarimiRebekah Karimi, 2009.  Bekah is currently Manager at the Enonkishu Conservancy.








Carly Sinderbrand YorkCarly Sinderbrand York, 2011.  Carly completed her PhD in 2016 at Old Dominion University and is currently Assistant Professor of Biology at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC.





Maggie Wisniewska Malgorzata Wisniewska, 2011.  Maggie is a  PhD candidate at Rutgers/NJIT program.






Russ Blogg Russell Blogg, 2012. Russ is a district heritage biologist with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.






Maggie Hook Margaret Rose Hook, 2012.  Maggie is Instructor of Human Anatomy & Physiology at Southcentral Kentucky   Community and Technical College:





Kelly DerhamKelly Derham, 2014.  Kelly is an adjunct instructor of biology and classroom support specialist at Temple University in Philadelphia.  She is also the Development Coordinator for Science Connected, a non-profit STEM organization.






 Sarah Goodyear

 Sarah Goodyear, 2015.  Sarah is an analytical specialist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in Rensselaer.







Charlotte Hacker Charlotte Hacker, 2015. Charlotte is a PhD student at Duquesne University studying with Dr. Jan Janecka.







Chase LaDueChase LaDue, 2016. Chase is a PhD student at George Mason University studying with Dr. Elizabeth Freeman.

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