Meet the I.D.E.R Lab Group
Current Lab Members
Ray Chatterji, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher (joined 2022)
Ray is an evolutionary biologist and morphologist. He earned his Bachelors, Honours and Doctorate degrees at the University of Adelaide, Australia. His PhD was focused on the evolution of sea turtles, in particular using skull morphology to investigate macroevolutionary patterns. He used a combination of Bayseian phylogenetics, geometric morphometrics, and comparative anatomy to uncover how sea turtle evolution was shaped by biogeographic patterns, dietary ecology, and ontogeny. Ray has joined the IDER lab to investigate the adaptive morphology of Anseriformes (ducks, geese, swans and screamers) and how their varying ecologies have affected the evolution of the group.
Ph.D. Student - Co-advised by Matt Fujita (joined 2022)
Yee-Ann earned her Bachelors of Science in Aquatic Biology from University of California, Santa Barbara, during which she contributed to numerous research projects including medical applications of graphene quantum dots, seagrass bed & coral reef restoration, reef fish feeding ecology, and nutrient pollution in corals. As a PhD student, she is investigating the relationship between ecology and the evolution of Major Histocompatibility Complex genes in threatened Taricha salamanders on the American West Coast. She is interested in ecology, immunogenetics, and population genomics as it relates to conservation in a changing global climate. When not in the lab, Yee-Ann can be found baking pastries for friends and family, making art, or exploring the local natural parks with her partner.
Ph.D. Student (joined 2022)
Anupama earned her Bachelor and Master of Technology degrees in Biotechnology from Amity University, India. She received the title of silver medalist for excellence in academics at her graduation. She is an artist and loves painting and sketching portraits. Anupama loves exploring new places around the world and likes to spend time enjoying nature. She has joined the IDER lab to study phylogeography/biogeography, macroevolution and phylogenetics.
Yvonne Love Cariño
Ph.D. Student - Co-advised by Manuela Dal Forno (joined 2023)
Yvonne graduated with a Bachelor and Master of Science in Biology from Central Mindanao University, Philippines, where she focused on the taxonomy and morphology of lower vascular plants (lycophytes and ferns), contributing to the discovery of several new species and new records. Currently, she is working on the documentation and systematics of the lichens from the Southern Philippines. She joined the IDER lab to learn and expand her knowledge on biogeography, molecular systematics and phylogenetics.