Frederick H. Sheldon



Sheldon Lab

Clare E. Brown

PhD candidate
Fall 2010 - present

Evolution of avian migration
Genomic basis of migratory behavior

119 Foster Hall


Vivien Chua

PhD candidate
Fall 2011 - present

Evolutionary history and biogeography 
of South East Asia birds

119 Foster Hall


Ryan Burner

PhD candidate
Spring 2013 - present

Community Ecology of Bornean Birds

119 Foster Hall


Subir B. Shakya

PhD candidate
Fall 2014- present

119 Foster Hall: Room B3


Previous students and Postdocs

Dency Gawin Ph.D. 2014 Population Genetic and Hybridization Studies of Three Bornean Bird Species-Mountain Black-eye (Chlorocharis emiliae), White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus), and Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis).
    Current Position:Lecturer, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Haw Chuan Lim Ph.D. 2010 Evolutionary Dynamics of Bird Populations in Southeast Asia.
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Ben D. Marks Ph.D. 2008 Avian Diversification in the Afrotropics.
    Current Position: Collection Manager, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL.
Cheryl L. Haines M.S. 2007 Comparative Phylogeny of Four Montane Bird Species in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
    Current Position: Ph.D. Student, University of Minnesota, Minenapolis/St. Paul, MN.
Fabio S. Raposo Amaral Ph.D. 2008
Universidade de Sao Paolo.
Visiting graduate student
Molecular Phylogenetics of Neotropical Raptorial Birds
Current Position: Fellow Young Researcher at UNIFESP, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Fasheng Zou Postdoctoral Research Associate Phylogeography of Sino-Indian Birds.
Current Position: South China Institute of Endangered Animals, Guangzhou, China.
M. Josephine Babin M.S. 2005 Geographic Variation and Speciation in Rough-winged Swallows (Aves: Hirundinidae: Stegidopteryx)
    Current Position: Biomedical Technologist, Los Angeles, CA.
Christopher Witt Ph.D. 2004 Rates of Molecular Evolution and thier Application to Neotropical Avian Biogeography.
    Current Position: Associate Professor, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
Jason Weckstein Ph.D. 2003 Systematics and Cophylogenetics of Toucans and their Associated Chewing Lice.
    Current Position: Associate Professor/Curator, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel, Philadelphia, PA.
Alex Alexio
(co-advised with J.V. Remsen)
Ph.D. 2002 Molecular Systematics, Phylogeography and Population Genetics of Xiphorhynchus (Aves:Dendrocolatpinae) in the Amazon Basin.
Current Position: Curator, Goeldi Museum, Brazil.
Robert G. Moyle Ph.D. 2002 Molecular Systematics of Barbets and Trogons: Pantropical Biogeography, African Speciation, and Issues in Phylogenetic Inference.
    Current Position: Associate Professor, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
Heather McGuire
(co-advised with F. Roehler)
Ph.D. 2001 Evalutaing the Taxonomic Status of the Great White Heron (Ardea herodias occidentalis) using Morphological, Behavioral, and Genetic Evidence.
    Current Position: Associate Professor, Chowan University, Murfreesboro, NC.
Vanessa Bolman M.S. 2001 Phylogenetic Information and Rates of Evolution in Anonymous Segments of Heron Nuclear DNA.
    Current Position: Medical Clinician, Houma, Louisiana.
Kwai Him Han Ph.D. 2000 Phylogeny and Biogeography of Tree Shrews (Scadentia: Tupaiidae)
    Current Position: Program Officer, WWF-Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
Kevin G. McCracken
(co-advised with A. Afton)
Ph.D. 1999 Systematics, Ecology, and Social Biology of the Musk Duck (Biziura lobata) of Australia.
Current Position: Endowed Associate Professor, University of Miami, Miami, FL.
Jeremy Kirchman M.S. 1997 Population Genetics of th Cave Swallow Species Complex: Historical Analysis of Geographic Variation.
    Current Position: Curator of Ornithology, New York State Natural History Museum, Albany, NY.
Beth Slikas
(co-advised with F. Gill)
Ph.D. 1996
University of Pennsylvania
Phylogeny of the Avian Family Ciconiidae (Storks) based on Cytochrome b and DNA Hybridization Data.
    Current Position: Laboratory Manager, Woods Hole, MA.
Linda A. Whittingham Postdoctoral Fellow
Current Position: Professor, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wi.