People

 
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Principle investigator: Dr. Rory Telemeco

Rory received his PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Iowa State University and his MS and BS degrees in Biology from the University of Central Oklahoma (with a stint at the University of Sydney in Australia for his MS research).  He did post-docs at the University of Washington and Auburn University, before joining the Biology faculty at Fresno State University as an Assistant Professor in 2017. Rory is broadly interested in ecological and evolutionary responses of organisms (especially reptiles) to changing environments. 

Address
California State University, Fresno
2555 E San Ramon Ave. M/S SB73
Fresno, CA 93740-8034

Office 316A Science 1, Fresno State University
Email telemeco@csufresno.edu
Phone 559-278-8702

 

Graduate Students

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Dalton with a very showy male western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)

Dalton Leibold

Dalton completed his BS in Biology at the University of Central Oklahoma in 2018.  He joined the TREE Lab at Fresno State later in 2018 to pursue his MS degree in physiological ecology.  Dalton is interested in the selective pressures that drive the evolution of behavior and cognition.  He would like to pursue a career in academia, potentially with a focus in behavioral ecology and neuroethology.

Email dleibold@mail.fresnostate.edu

 

Undergraduate Students

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Andrea Aparicio (Honors student in the TREE Lab)

Andrea (Andy) is an international student from Ecuador entering her senior year in Biology at Fresno State. She is part of the Biology Honors Program.  For her thesis, Andy is examining the effect of naturalistic incubation temperatures on phenotype and development of Crested Geckos. Andy also works as the Supplemental Instruction Leader for Biochemistry at Fresno State. When not researching or teaching, she likes to take pictures of animals, and loves working in direct contact with animals. In the future, she would like to focus on a research conservation program and wildlife rehabilitation. #gecko

Email andya16@mail.fresnostate.edu

 
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Karina Perez

Karina is a Senior at CSU Fresno, pursuing a bachelors degree in Biology. For a career, she aspires to be a clinical or research pharmacist. She is currently working with Andrea Aparicio and Jasmine Connolly on a project examining the effects of incubation environment on development and post-hatching success in crested geckos (Correlophus ciliatus). #gecko

Email kperez16@mail.fresnostate.edu

 

 
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Jasmine Connolly

Jasmine (Jazzy) is a Junior at CSU Fresno, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She is currently working in the TREE lab with Andrea Aparicio and Karina Perez on a project examining the effects of incubation environment on development and post-hatching success in crested geckos (Correlophus ciliatus). Jasmine is interested in Veterinary Medicine, and aspires to a career in Veterinary Medicine or Veterinary Research. Jasmine is also a JCAST Ambassador for CSU Fresno, and a 3rd year Veterinary Intern for a local Pet Hospital.  #gecko

Email jazzconnolly@mail.fresnostate.edu

 
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Daisy Underhill

Daisy is double majoring in Philosophy and Biology at Fresno State and is intrigued by how our biology shapes, distorts, and creates our reality. She is especially interested in cross-disciplinary research integrating biology, philosophy and ethics.  Daisy hopes to pursue graduate school further integrating philosophy and biology and a career as a bioethicist. Within the TREE Lab, she is examining vertical maternal-neonate transfer of the gut microbiome in western fence lizards (Sceloporus occidentalis) in collaboration with Nick Putnam and Nadya Pirogova. #poopgroup

Email udaisy95@mail.fresnostate.edu

 
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Nicholas Putnam

Nicholas (Nick) is a junior at Fresno State majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. His interests lie in understanding the interactions between gut microflora and their hosts, and how those interactions influence the health and productivity of individuals as well as the environment. While working in the TREE Lab, Nick is collaborating with Daisy Underhill and Nadya Pirogova to study the potential for vertical transfer of microbes from adults to young in Western Fence Lizards (Sceloporus occidentalis). Their goal is to better understand how the parental microbiota could influence hatchling survival. #poopgroup

Email sirnicholas76@mail.fresnostate.edu

 
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Nadya Pirogova

Nadya is a senior at Fresno State University, currently majoring in Biology with a prior AS in Life Science. Her enthusiasm for science is largely influenced by a combination of studying wildlife biology and zoology, and respecting environmental preservation and species conservation. In the TREE lab, Nadya is collaborating with Daisy Underhill and Nick Putnam to explore the reproductive behavior of Western Fence Lizards (Sceloporus occidentalis), and the effects of parental microbiota transfer via fecal matter on offspring survival and phenotype. #poopgroup

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.” - The Lorax

Email nadyapie@mail.fresnostate.edu

 
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Sandor Menyhay

Sandor (Sean) is an undergraduate from Madera, California majoring in Biology with a minor in Computer Science at California State University Fresno.  He is an active student and social advocate on campus. He has been a member of many organizations including American Medical Student Association, Magkaisia, Nexus eSports, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Alpha Sigma Phi as well as playing Trumpet in the Bulldog Marching Band and the Fresno State Basketball Band. He aspires to one day advance things such as deep machine learning methods for cancer subtype classification and develop new, standardized algorithms for identifying genomic variation between samples.  He is currently collaborating with  the Telemeco lab and the Schwartz Lab (Auburn University) to investigate evolution of the glucocorticoid receptor in vertebrates.  Sandor is also working with other undergraduates to test hypotheses for why animals stop functioning at high temperatures. 

Email sandorm6@mail.fresnostate.edu 

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Carolina Gomez

Carolina is a senior at California State University, Fresno, majoring in Biology and minoring in Spanish. She plans to pursue a career in optometry. In the TREE Lab she's working with Jacob Gastelum, Genesis Trejo Aceves, and Sandor Menyhay to test predictions of the Hierarchical Mechanisms of Thermal Limitation (HMTL) hypothesis.  They are currently constructing chambers that will allow them to simultaneously manipulate oxygen environment and metabolic state, and measure thermal preference.  #hmtl

Email caro_gomez15@mail.fresnostate.edu

 
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Jacob Gastelum

Jacob is a senior majoring in Biology at California State University, Fresno.  In the TREE Lab, he is collaborating with Genesis Trejo Aceves, Carolina Gomez, and Sandor Menyhay to test predictions of the Hierarchal Mechanisms of Thermal Limitation (HMTL) hypothesis with Western Fence lizards. Jacob's career aspirations involve further animal research and conservation biology in either marine or terrestrial environments. #hmtl

Email jagastelum@mail.fresnostate.edu

 
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Genesis Trejo Aceves

Genesis is a senior at California State University, Fresno, majoring in Biology. In the TREE Lab she's working with Jacob Gastelum, Carolina Gomez, and Sandor Menyhay to test predictions of the Hierarchical Mechanisms of Thermal Limitation (HMTL) hypothesis.  They are currently constructing chambers that will allow them to simultaneously manipulate oxygen environment and metabolic state of lizards, and measure their thermal preference. Genesis' career aspirations involve enrolling in medical school and becoming a pediatrician. #hmtl

Email trejogenesis@mail.fresnostate.edu