Current Lab Members
Gerstner Postdoctoral Fellow
Johanna completed her Ph.D. in 2018 from Texas A&M University, where she worked with Dr. Gary Voelker. She is broadly interested in parasite and host evolution across geographic and environmental gradients. Her dissertation disentangles patterns of diversification and distribution of malaria parasites in birds across the African continent. By examining the influence of climatic data (e.g. rainfall, temperature, etc.) along with the diverse suite of transmitting vectors, she hopes to better understand the distributional patterns of avian malaria parasites across contrasting bioregions. She then did a post-doc in Dr. Sarah Knutie’s lab at the University of Connecticut. During her post-doc, she explored the effects of urbanization on reproductive success of Darwin's finches in the Galapagos and created a successful method for extracting RNA from bird blood. During her post-doc at AMNH she plans to examine the effects of climate change on avian malaria distributions and virulence while also examining the effects on avian host immune response. Her favorite pastimes include birding, spending time outdoors, watching Netflix, and spending as much time as possible with her family, including her two cats, Chewie and Lucy.
Former Lab Members
Janus BornerJanus was a postdoc in the Perkins lab from 2018-2019 and is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute for Evolutionary Ecology
and Conservation Genomics, Ulm University.
Spencer GalenSpencer was a Ph.D. student from 2014-2018. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Scranton.
Liliana DávalosLiliana M. Dávalos is Professor of Conservation Biology at Stony Brook University’s Department of Ecology and Evolution. Her research interests include molecular evolution, phylogenetics and tropical biology. She leads the Tropical Biology group, which studies extinction and survival in deep time, functional genetics in non-model mammals, and deforestation.
Eric WaltariEric is a PhD. biologist with broad expertise in genomics, evolutionary ecology, and host/pathogen research. His current focus is antibody discovery, particularly studying the adaptive immune repertoire, using a combination of lab and informatics techniques.
His previous positions have all involved gathering and processing genomic or spatial biogeographic datasets, and creating Unix-based and R-based pipelines to analyze these datasets.