Current Lab Members
Kelley Kroft graduated with a BA in Biology from Long Island University. While there, she conducted research comparing parasite diversity and prevalence in invasive and native crab populations. She also assisted with projects on chytrid infection and overwintering ecology of Spotted Frogs. Kelley developed an interest in blood parasites while working in the Perkins lab, where she has been studying apicomplexan parasites, particularly Plasmodium, in lizards and birds through the examination of blood smears and genetic analyses. She is interested in continuing to study parasites that are transmitted by vectors, especially the adaptations of parasites to their vectors and hosts, and the factors that affect vector transmission. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs and traveling to tropical locales.
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 NSF Collections postdoctoral fellow at Drexel University, Academy of Natural Science.
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.