UVA EEB Welcomes Four New PhD Students in 2021

We are thrilled to welcome four new graduate students to the EEB community! Meet the new recruits here (excerpted from the Graduate Student And Postdoc Association Website)


Myles Davoll

I’m from Berkeley Lake, Georgia and went to Clemson University where I majored in Biological Sciences. In summer of 2019, I did my first research in the SROP REU at Michigan State where I examined hatching in annual killifish. At Clemson I joined a lab focused on the adaptive radiation and parental strategies of African and South American cichlids.

I’m interested how interspecies (e.g. competition, predation, symbiosis, etc.) and intraspecies (e.g. competition, population dynamics, parental care, life history) interactions can influence the dynamics of an ecosystem via extinction and adaptive radiation.

In my free time I love biking, hiking, working out, watching and playing sports, learning about wildlife (esp. reptiles), listening to music, thrifting, and exploring.



Abbey Ramirez

I am originally from Arkansas City, Kansas but have lived in Oklahoma for the last ten years. I got my M.S. in Natural Science at Northeastern State University. I studied migratory movements and capture efficiency of the northern saw-whet owl.

My main interest is in host/parasite interactions, specifically the evolutionary arms race between a host and its parasite. Conservation and population biology also hold a special place in my heart.

Outside of academia I like to bake, crochet, and enjoy the outdoors (particularly identifying plants, insects, and birds)!



Clara Stahlmann Roeder

I’m from Saint Paul, Minnesota. I earned my B.S. in Biology from the University of Chicago, where I researched the coordination of sentinel behavior in zoo-housed meerkats. After college, I studied animal behavior and coordinated the ZooMonitor behavioral monitoring program at the Lincoln Park Zoo and then became an environmental consultant working primarily in renewable energy development.

I am interested behavioral ecology, and more specifically the evolution of social behaviors.

In my free time you can find me listening to podcasts while cooking, getting distracted by cool plants on nature walks, and playing board games. My newest adventure is learning to play the banjo, but it is very much a work in progress.



Irish Amundson

I’m from Springfield, Missouri. I graduated from Amherst College in 2019 with a B.A. in Biology. My research there focused on the disease transmission mode of Microbotryum.

I’m broadly interested in disease ecology and the evolution of parasitism and disease. I’m very interested in the evolution of transmission modes and how host-pathogen interactions impact population size, community composition, and the evolution of sex.

I also like to spend my tine hiking, dog spotting, ice cream eating, working on never-ending and never-finished craft projects, and indulging in my reality TV obsession.



Article credit: Louis Bubrig, GSPA Media Chair

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