Jennifer R. Gremer
My research focuses on understanding the factors that shape geographic ranges, how populations adapt to their environments, and how species will respond to climate change. I approach these questions using a variety of methods, including large-scale field experiments, meta-analysis, landscape genetics, and climatic niche modeling. During my postdoc at Davis, I’m working with the Schmitt, Gremer, Strauss and Maloof labs to characterize the germination niche across the Streptanthus clade and investigate the impacts of germination timing on later life stages. When I’m not thinking about seeds, I like to bike, watercolor, and construct elaborate cakes. You can see more about my current and previous research on my website (meganbontrager.github.io).
I am a fourth year PhD student in the Population Biology graduate group studying population and community ecology. I am particularly interested in invasive species, functional traits, and demographic studies.
I am a third year PhD student in the Population Biology graduate group primarily interested in investigating the effects of climate change on plant responses. Currently, I am working on a project exploring the impacts of snow melt on the phenology and population genetics of a native California wildflower, Streptanthus tortuosus, at Lassen Volcanic National Park. During my PhD, I aim to ask questions that lie at the interface of evolutionary biology, genetics, and ecology, and answer those questions using a combination of observational, genetic, and experimental techniques. Other research topics I may explore include studying the effects of climate change on plant-pollinator interactions, plant distributions, and landscape genetics and how those effects differ at varying spatial scales. I am also an avid science writer and communicator. See research updates on my blog here and my science writing portfolio here.
Danielle De La Pascua
I am a first year PhD student in the Population Biology graduate group and I am interested in questions looking at the evolution of flowering plants and the strategies they’ve evolved to avoid or tolerate predation. I am particularly interested in plant evolution in reproductive structures as it relates to variation in life-history strategies, phenology, and plant defenses across different environmental conditions using approaches in phylogenetic analyses.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Alec Chiono – lab manager
Vanessa Bassinello – undergraduate research assistant
Jivka Grozeva – undergraduate research assistant
Noah Rosenberg – undergraduate research assistant
Daniel Winkler – visiting graduate student
Sherry Zheng – undergraduate research assistant
Ryan Moore – undergraduate research assistant
Joaquin Meckler-Pacheco– undergraduate research assistant
Chandler Stephenson– undergraduate research assistant
Grace Lewin– undergraduate research assistant
Niel Gapal– undergraduate research assistant
Hannah De La Calle– undergraduate research assistant
Ines Anuncibay Childs – undergraduate research assistant
Danielle Davisson – undergraduate research assistant
Ylana Nguyen – undergraduate research assistant
Jasmine Curcio – undergraduate research assistant
Maca Cortina Petrasic– undergraduate field assistant
Maya Martinez– undergraduate field assistant