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.
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.
Marco Antonio Rego (Postdoctoral Researcher)
Marco is a Postdoctoral Researcher on the NSF-funded suboscine project. He is working to database and georeference material and to conduct spatial analyses for the project with the goal of examining the geography of diversity and diversification. Check out his Google Scholar page.
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.
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.
Emily Johns (PhD Student)
Emily is a doctoral student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program. Her research focuses on understanding the impact of climate on avian migration over time and how climate change is projected to influence future migration patterns. She hopes that her work can improve conservation efforts and protect avian biodiversity. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, outdoor activities, and spending time with her cats.
Ximena Larrieu (Undergraduate Student)
Ximena is a fourth-year UTEP undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Environmental Sciences. She is interested in diverse aspects of sky island biology.
Andrea Sariñana (Undergraduate Student)
Andrea is a fourth-year UTEP undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences with a Biomedicine concentration. She is interested in medicine and oncology.
Miguel Solis (Undergraduate Student)
Miguel completed a degree in Biological Sciences with a Ecology and Evolutionary Biology concentration, and is now conducting research in the lab as a post-bac NSF-PRELS Fellow. His focus is on bioinformatics and computational science.
Pablo Solis (Undergraduate Student)
Pablo is a fourth-year UTEP undergraduate student pursuing in Forensic Biology. He is interested in molecular biology and genetics.
Deandra Silva (Undergraduate Student)
Deandra is a senior majoring in Biological Sciences and interested in becoming a PA. She plans to specialize in Dermatology.
Matthew Brady (Collections Specialist)
Matt came to UTEP in 2022-2023 to coordinate reorganization of the bird collection (see UTEP Biodiversity Collections), field work, and training students in museum science. Matt has a long-term interest in ornithology, field work, and museum research.
Adriana Hinojos (Undergraduate Student)
Adriana completed her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a Biomedicine concentration. She is working to become an optometrist and enjoys playing tennis.
Eduardo Rodriguez (Undergraduate Student)
Eduardo completed a degree in Biological Sciences with a Biomedicine concentration. He is interested in pursuing an MD/PhD.
Uriel Santillana (Undergraduate Student)
Uriel completed a degree in Biological Sciences with a Biomedicine concentration. He is interested in birds and museum work.
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.
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.
We are currently considering applications for new graduate students in the lab. The deadline for applying isn’t until early 2024 (details here), but prospective applicants are encouraged to reach out to Dr. Harvey well in advance to coordinate.