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Mike Harvey (Principal Investigator)

Mike is interested in the origins and maintenance of diversity at all taxonomic and geographic scales. He has been a birder most of his life, and fell in love with evolutionary biology in college. He also enjoys trail running, rock climbing, baking, and live music. See his CV for more info.


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Oscar Johnson (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Oscar is an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow. He is building off his doctoral research on phylogenetics and the biogeography of speciation to study the macroevolutionary dynamics of avian migration and its impact on diversity. See his website for more info.


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Matthew Brady (Collections Specialist)

Matt is responsible for collections and laboratory management in the lab and in the avian holdings of the UTEP Biodiversity Collections. Matt has a long-term interest in ornithology, field work, and museum research.


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Michael Buontempo (PhD Student)

Michael is pursuing doctoral research on the geographic variation and phylogeography of montane rattlesnakes in the Sierra Madre Occidental and Madrean Sky Islands of the desert southwest. He is co-advised with Dr. Phil Lavretsky.


Emily Johns (PhD Student)




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Manuelita Sotelo (PhD Student)

Manuelita is a first-year UTEP student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology PhD program. She is interested in the study of the macro- and microevolutionary processes underlying diversification in birds. She also likes hiking, live music, Italian food and Primitivo.


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Ximena Larrieu (Undergraduate Student)

Ximena is a third-year UTEP undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Environmental Sciences. She is interested in diverse aspects of sky island biology.


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Eduardo Rodriguez (Undergraduate Student)

Eduardo is a third-year UTEP undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences with a Biomedicine concentration. He is interested in pursuing an MD/PhD.


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Uriel Santillana (Undergraduate Student)

Uriel is a senior UTEP undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences with a Biomedicine concentration. He is interested in birds and museum work.


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Andrea Sariñana (Undergraduate Student)

Andrea is a third-year UTEP undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences with a Biomedicine concentration. She is interested in medicine and oncology.


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Miguel Solis (Undergraduate Student)

Miguel is a fourth-year UTEP undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences with a Ecology and Evolutionary Biology concentration. He is interested in bioinformatics and computational science.


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Pablo Solis (Undergraduate Student)

Pablo is a third-year UTEP undergraduate student pursuing in Forensic Biology. He is interested in molecular biology and genetics.


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Deandra Silva (Undergraduate Student)

Deandra is a senior majoring in Biological Sciences and interested in becoming a PA. She plans to specialize in Dermatology.


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Adriana Hinojos (Undergraduate Student)

Adriana is a fourth-year UTEP undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences with a Biomedicine concentration. She is interested in becoming an optometrist and enjoys playing tennis.



Past People


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Bonnie Raechal Beres (Undergraduate REU Student)

Bonnie Raechal is an undergraduate student from Saint Norbert College who worked in the lab for the summer of 2021 as part of the Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity REU. She studied comparative population genetic structure in Sky Island birds of the borderlands region.


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Connor O’Brien (Undergraduate REU Student)

Connor is an undergraduate student from Eckerd College who worked in the lab for the summer of 2022 as part of the Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity REU. He studied hybridization between Yellow-eyed and “Red-backed” Dark-eyed Juncos using a population genetic approach.



Prospective students


I am not currently taking new graduate students. I anticipate having space and funding for new students in a few years, so please watch this space!