PhD Student 2015-present
Penn State University
Co-advised with Tracy Langkilde
MSc Student 2015-present
Texas A & M
Co-advised with Randall DeYoung and David Hewitt
PhD student 2017-present
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Dustin is originally from Indiana, where he earned his B.S. from Ball State University. His primary research interests lie in ecophysiology and behavioral ecology in vertebrates, especially pertaining to anthropogenic disturbances. His PhD research investigates how an invasive predator, fire ants, influences eastern fence lizards via maternal stress effects.
Michaela, a Minnesotan born native, earned her BA in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College, a small liberal arts college in southern Minnesota. She is currently a master’s student working on a collaborative project examining the genetic structure and hormonal responses to acute stress in an unmanaged deer population in south Texas. Michaela’s professional interests include combing the techniques of physiology and genetics to explore ecological questions.
Louis is originally from Belgium and completed his BSc in Biology at Ghent University. After completing his MSc in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology, he is currently taking a PhD there, too. His main interests are behavioral ecology, evolution, and conservation physiology. Louis’ PhD project looks at the effect of anthropogenic disturbances on physiological, nutritional, and behavioral stress in impala populations the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, East-Africa.
Lab Associated Graduate Students
These students represent an integral part of the Sheriff lab. A major focus of their research involves stress physiology and as such they spend many months working in and collaborating with the Sheriff lab.