Lab Members

Brian O’Toole


screen-shot-2017-02-26-at-11-46-39-amDawn Fariello

MS Fordham University
BS East Stroudsburg University

Coming from a background in bird behavior and ecology, I now work on bird microbes in urban and rural habitats. I utilize a variety of molecular and visual methods in order to examine hemoparasite coinfections in passerines.

img_1493Danielle Lema

MS The City College of New York
BS Molloy College

From 2009 to 2016, I provided technical support for cancer biology research in Scott Lowe’s laboratory, first at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and then at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. During this time I also earned my M.S. in Biology from the City College of New York. Under the tutelage of Ana Carnaval, I studied biodiversity in tropical montane ecosystems. I am currently interested in phylogeography, population genetics, and local adaptation of coat color in the African leopard (Panthera pardus). Using broad contemporary and historical sampling, and implementing next generation sequencing techniques, my research seeks to advance the understanding of the mechanisms that underlie and maintain diversity in Panthera pardus. In turn, this will inform conservation strategy and implementation for this elusive keystone species.

Master’s Students

mai-fahmyMai Fahmy

BA Stony Brook University, NY

I graduated from Stony Brook University with a BA in Ecosystems and Human Impact and Sustainability Studies. While at Stony Brook, I conducted ecotoxicology research on the effect of Roundup herbicide on earthworm and soil microbial health. My research interests broadly include how anthropogenic forces affect species distribution and biodiversity, as well as how cultural values affect conservation efforts. In 2014, I conducted research in Madagascar assessing the effectiveness of conservation education programs implemented by Centre ValBio in Ranomafana. Currently, I am collaborating with Dr. Mark Siddall from the American Museum of Natural History to investigate the potential of genomic data from leech blood meals to identify faunal communities in Madagascar.


Nathanael Stanek

BS University of Missouri

Undergraduate Students

Michael Buontempo-Bioinformatics
Samantha Levano – Studying the hybridization of sunfish species in Calder Lake to determine the factors that drive mating behavior
Kevin Li-Bioinformatics