Photo by Lacy Allred

Emily grew up in Maryland and pursued her Bachelor's of Science at Long Island University in Marine Science. Her master's work at Texas A&M University examined feeding performance in 3 species of dolphins with Dr. Chris Marshall. She then pursued a PhD with Dr. Tim Higham at the University of California, Riverside where she used US native sunfishes to quantify integration between locomotion and feeding. Her postdoctoral work with Dr. Cameron Ghalambor at Colorado State University was supported by a NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, where she expanded her interests into the role of integration in ecology and evolution of Trinidadian guppies. During this time she also became involved in science education and outreach. Emily identifies as female, a first-generation PhD/academic, and an advocate of diversity and inclusion in STEM fields.



Kory is an integrative evolutionary biologist interested in macroevolutionary patterns of morphological diversification. The goal of his research program is to take a multifaceted and integrative approach to understanding the morphological evolution and ecology of teleost fishes (Teleostei: Actinopterygii). In the past, his research has covered a broad swath of topics including but not limited to: the relationship between biomechanical performance and trophic ecology; performance trade-offs in sexually dimorphic species; and the effect of habitat on rates of morphological evolution. Kory will be collaborating on a project using guppies in the Kane Lab. UPDATE: Kory is starting a new lab at Rice University beginning Fall 2019!


Kassie is currently a fourth year doctoral student in Dr. James Albert's lab at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her dissertation research is focused on convergent evolution of craniofacial morphologies in electric fishes from South America and Africa. Her main areas of interest include the macroevolution of functional morphology and feeding biomechanics.  Using multiple techniques, she plans to investigate skull shape and function in these two groups.  Further, she can identify if novel evolutionary traits associated with feeding are present in these species of fish. Kassie will be visiting the lab to film feeding behaviors in knifefish.



Kristen is a biology major with an interest in organismal biology and biology outreach. Her dream job is to be a professor one day. She likes running long distance and wants to do a marathon soon. Kristen is helping with filming guppy feeding kinematics and is examining guppy morphological traits in collaboration with Dr. Kory Evans. Kristen is supported by a Research Publication Grant from the American Association of University Women. 


Sofia is a biology major and is helping with filming guppy feeding kinematics and is completing an independent research project on guppy feeding. Sofia is interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Evolutionary Psychology. Sofia is supported by a Research Publication Grant from the American Association of University Women. 


William Ray is Biology major and Geology minor. His research interests include riverine and marine ecology and he has a passion for conservation. In his free time he enjoys Scuba diving, fishing and hunting, and loves exercising and working in the outdoors. In the future he would like to continue researching aquatic systems and hopes to have an impact in preserving ecosystems and their inhabitants.


Zach is a student at Eckerd College in FL and participated in the summer 2019 ICPS-REU program at Georgia Southern University. Zach is examining guppy feeding kinematics.


Melody is a student at Bowdoin College in ME and will be participating in the summer 2020 Blinks-BEACON REU program at Friday Harbor Lab. Melody will examine guppy morphological traits using micro-CT scans.



  • Hannah Cohen

    • Thesis: The role of local adaptation on biting performance in Trinidadian guppies​


Former students and the position they obtained after graduation, if known:​

  • Elizabeth Young - GA DNR shark and red drum longline survey

  • Emily Mahoney

  • Lacy Allred

  • Hailey Phillips

  • Lydia Bonnell (University Honors Program)

  • Ashley Williamson

  • Victoria Martin - MS program in Biotechnology, Georgetown University

  • Nick McKinley - University of Alabama-Birmingham’s Accelerated Master’s in Nursing Pathway (AMNP)

  • William Hicks

  • Tinashe Chitiyo (McNair Scholars Program)

  • Adelle Cook

  • Lauren McNure

  • Dixie Armstrong

  • Callie Falciglia (IFREE program for early involvement in research)

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