People in the Lab
|John received a B.A. in Biology from Bucknell University in May 1996. He completed his Ph.D. in Biology at Duke University in 2001, working with Mark D. Rausher. His dissertation explored how the evolutionary dynamics of plant defense traits depended on variation in community composition. He then moved to Annie Schmitt's lab then at Brown University as a Post-Doctoral Researcher, studying how flowering time variation in Arabidopsis thaliana is influenced by climate and the functionality of candidate genes. In addition to these academic pursuits, John drinks inordinate amounts of coffee on a daily basis. He can also be found on twitter [@John Stinchcombe]
Julia Kreiner is co-advised by Stephen Wright. Her undergraduate work was with Brian Husband, on ploidy levels in the Brassicaceae family. She is interested in the population genomics of weed adaptation to agriculture.
Tia did her MSc on the comparative population genetics in Medicago lupulina and its associated bacteria. She is currently a co-advised PhD student with John and Megan Frederickson. Besides doing an awesome MSc, she is very good at yoga.
Priya joined the Stinchcombe lab in 2016, and elected to stay for a MSc (at least). She worked at RMBL for a summer, getting that “work in a beautiful mountain setting” sentiment out of her system. She now is looking at plasticity in plant-microbe mutualisms.
Georgia started grad work in the lab in 2016. She is interested in the evolution of range limits. She has amazing coffee making skills, having worked previously as barrista. On a weekly basis, she has an additional project idea that would take 3 people 7 years of work to complete.
Bonnie joined the lab after surviving John's tropical ecology course. Even after getting lost in the rainforest and almost having a tree fall on her, she signed up for more work in the lab! She did a really cool project on root knot nematodes, and has really infectious laugh. She is following up on this for her MSc.
Lunch, Coffee, and Happy Hour Associates (aka Lab Friends)
| Tyler Kent
Tyler came to us via UC Davis, and is advised by our friend and collaborator Stephen Wright. He joins us for dumplings, twitter [@tylervkent], and paper discussions. He's also bothered by Julia's refusal to wear a bike helmet.
| Jasmina Uzunovic
Jasmina did an independent reading study with John as a first year, and then approached him after a Bio220 lecture about research spots. In a gesture of foolishness/generosity, he recommended she contact Stephen Wright instead of recruiting her back into the lab. Despite not formally working with John, she's been his TA and we're working on a paper together. We both appreciate good coffee.
Lab Pets and Friends
Dexter D. Stinchcombe, Lab Pet
|Dexter is a Nova Scotian Duck Tolling Retriever. Information about his breed can be found here and here . The middle initial 'D' stands for "dog" and was given by Jack and Piper. He joined the Stinchcombe lab in August 2013. His interests include fetching, sleeping, squeaking his fuzzy man, and eating sticks. You can follow his exploits on Instagram|
Newman, Lab Friend
|Newman is Dexter's step-brother. He goes by the nicknames News, Newmie, Newmie News, and Lord Newman. His interests include sleeping, chewing on his boney, and snuggling. You can follow his exploits on Instagram|