Sarah W. FitzpatrickPrincipal Investigator
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Sarah is interested in the ecology, evolution, and conservation of natural populations. She integrates field and molecular techniques to study how gene flow affects evolutionary dynamics and persistence of small populations.

Favorite ecosystems: neotropical freshwaters, mangrove swamp, Florida scrub
Catching California grunion (or any other kind of fish) makes her happy

Dan Oliviera, Undergraduate Researcher

Dan is an REU student in the Fitz Lab, interested in how evolution and genetics can be integrated into ecological and conservation studies. He is especially interested in fragmented populations of amphibians, reptiles, and fish of conservation concern. 

Favorite ecosystems: semi-arid deserts, chaparrals, wetlands

Madison Miller, Research technician

Madison is a recent graduate from Grand Valley State interested in animal behavior, population genetics, and applying evolutionary concepts to wildlife conservation.

Favorite ecosystems: temperate coniferous forests, coral reefs
Holding an American marten that was part of a study on breeding patterns

Vidhay Reddy, Research technician

Vidhay is an undergraduate student from Western Michigan University interested in bioinformatics, genomics, and ecological conservation.

Favorite ecosystems: boreal forests, fjords, anchialine caves
Napo, lab dog
Napo is our only lab member from Trinidad (so far). 

Favorite ecosystems: fancy hotel rooms, sand dunes, forest 

Napo the dog on his namesake Guanapo River in Trinidad

Interested in joining the lab?

I will be recruiting graduate students to start Summer or Fall 2018. The application deadline is December 1st, 2017 and information on the application process can be found on the Dept. of Integrative Biology (IBIO) website . I am also in the degree-granting program of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior (EEBB) , but you will apply through the IBIO Department. 

I will also hire a postdoc to start in Fall 2017. A detailed advertisement for this position will be posted soon.

If you are interested in either of these positions, please contact Sarah  before applying with an attached CV and include a brief statement about your interests and why you want to join the Fitz Lab.