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Back Row: Kelsey Scheckel, Maria Tonione, Kate Mathis, Kaustubh Gokhale

Front Row: Amber Sciligo, Rebecca Sandidge, Neil Tsutsui

From Top: Kate Mathis, Maria Tonione, Neil Tsutsui

Current Lab Members

Neil D. Tsutsui, Professor

ntsutsui at berkeley dot edu

Kaustubh Gokhale, Postdoctoral Fellow

kgokhale at berkeley dot edu

Graduate Students

Rebecca Sandidge, Doctoral Candidate

Fullbright Scholar (Indonesia)

rlsandidge at berkeley dot edu

Maria Tonione, Doctoral Candidate

riatoni at berkeley dot edu

Kelsey Scheckel, Doctoral Student

scheckek at berkeley dot edu

Brian Whyte, Doctoral Student

ba.whyte at berkeley dot edu

Santiago Ramirez,

Post-doctoral Researcher

Currently Assistant Professor at UC-Davis

Ramirez Lab

Dong-Hwan Choe,

Post-doctoral Researcher

Currently Assistant Professor at UC-Riverside

Choe Lab

Former Lab Members

Brian Johnson,

UC President's Post-doctoral Scholar

Currently Assistant Professor at UC-Davis

Johnson Lab

Ellen van Wilgenburg,

Post-doctoral Researcher

Currently Lecturer at Fordham University

evanwilgenburg at fordham dot edu

Johanna Clemencet,

Post-doctoral Researcher

Currently Assistant Professor at Universite de La Reunion

johanna.clemencet at


Miriam Brandt,

Post-doctoral Researcher

Currently Scientific Coordinator at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany

brandt at izw-berlin dot de


Megan McPhee,

Post-doctoral Researcher

Currently Assistant Professor at University of Alaska-Fairbanks

mvmcphee at alaska dot edu


Graduate Students

Kate Mathis, NSF Research Fellow, Ph.D., 2015

Currently: PERT Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Arizona

kamathis at berkeley dot edu

Virginia Emery, NSERC Scholar, Ph.D., 2014

"The chemistry, recognition behaviors, and population genetics of Neotropical parabiotic ants"

Currently: Research Scientist at SpringStar, Inc.

virginiaemery at gmail dot com

Candice Torres, Ph.D., 2012. "Chemical and molecular ecology of the North American slave-making ant Polyergus (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) and its closely related host (Formica spp.)"

Currently: Biology Instructor at Tarrant County College, Ft. Worth, TX.

candicewt at gmail dot com

Tara Madsen-Steigmeyer, Ph.D.,

"Insect ecology from the scale of plant-level interactions to continent wide phylogeography"


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