Principal Investigator

Luis A. Hurtado (PhD Rutgers University 2002)


Current graduate students

Xochitl de la Rosa (PhD student)


For her Dissertation, Xochitl is conducting a project on conservation genetics of the Critically Endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle in Tamaulipas and Texas.  She is also characterizing genetic variability of the channel catfish in Tamaulipas and Texas. She has a CONACYT scholarship from Mexico.

Negar Yaryan (MSc student)

Current Postdoc

Isabel Caballero, PhD

Past graduate students

Violet Ndeda (MSc 2015-2018)

Recipient of a Fulbright fellowship.

Thesis: Evolution of African barbs from the Lake Victoria drainage system, Kenya

Chang Wang (MSc 2017)

Danielle Macedo (MSc 2017)

Fellow of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority (LSAMP) Bridge to Doctorate (BTD) Fellowship program at TAMU. For her Thesis, Danielle conducted research on population genetics of the blue crab Callinectes sapidus in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic coast of the USA.

Carlos Santamaria (PhD 2013)

Dissertation: Evolution of Ligia isopods in three geologically dynamic regions.

Recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Minority Ph.D. Program in Mathematics, Science and Engineering Fellowship; TAMU Hispanic Leaders in Agriculture and the Environment Fellowship; and TAMU Tom Slick Graduate Fellowship

Liu Shuang (MSc 2013)

Thesis: Phylogeographic patterns of the intertidal isopods Excirolana braziliensis and Excirolana mayana (Isopoda: Cirolanidae).

Eun Jung Lee (MSc 2012)

Thesis: Phylogeographic patterns of Tylos (Isopoda: Oniscidea) in the Pacific region between southern California and central Mexico, and mitochondrial phylogeny of the genus.

Elizabeth Carrera (MSc 2012)

Thesis: Regional and local-scale population genetic structure of a primitive teleost, the African Bonytongue (Heterotis niloticus), in rivers of West Africa.