Post-Doctoral Associates

Mariana BulgarellaMariana Bulgarella

Heimpel Lab

Previous Education:
Ph.D. in Biological Sciences. 2010. Department of Biology & Wildlife. University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA.
Licentiate in Biological Sciences. 2003. Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco, Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina

Research Emphasis:
I am working on conservation of Darwin's finches through management of the avian parasite Philornis downsi. This muscid fly attacks nestling birds and has invaded the Galapagos Islands, where it is causing mortality of endemic land birds including Darwin's finches. We are conducting research on parasitoids of this fly from its native range in mainland South America and the Caribbean. This research involves rearing and life history studies and host-and habitat-specificity experiments. We conduct our studies in Minnesota, USA, as well as in the Galapagos Islands and mainland Ecuador.

A little more about Mariana:
I am the proud mum of Benito, a spirited but wonderful toddler. I love bird-watching, horseback riding and photography.

Alex Egan Alexander Egan

Ferrington Lab 

Previous Education:
University of Minnesota, PhD Entomology
University of Minnesota, B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife
Vermilion Community College, A.A.S Parks and Recreation Management

Research Emphasis:
Statistical analyses of breeding landbird data from western Great Lakes national parks, including assessing population trends, habitat associations, detectability and density estimates for avian communities.

A little more about Alex:
Played bass guitar in a heavy metal band. Seriously, long hair and all.

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Mike GoblirschMichael Goblirsch 

Spivak Lab 

Previous Education:

Research Emphasis:

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Adam KokotovichAdam Kokotovich

Andow Lab

Previous Education:
Ph.D., Natural Resources Science and Management; University of Minnesota
M.S., Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy; Humphrey School of Public Affairs; U of MN
B.M.E., Mechanical Engineering; College of Science and Engineering, U of MN

Research Emphasis:
I am a post-doctoral research associate with the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center at the University of Minnesota, where I study risk assessment and management of invasive Asian carp.  I am trained as a social scientist and am interested in the assumptions that inform and delimit decision making processes related to science, technology, and the environment.  My dissertation focused on contestations of risk and risk assessment in the context of plant genetic engineering.  

A little more about Adam:
I am a social scientist studying fish in an entomology lab...

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Milan PlecasMilan Pleć

Heimpel Lab

Previous Education:

PhD, Animal Ecology and Biogeography – Ecology, Biogeography and Biodiversity Conservation, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia, 2013

MSc, Biology – Entomology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia, 2005

Research Emphasis:

I am studying how perennial bioenergy crops can be used to promote biological control of the soybean aphid. Furthermore, I am exploring the idea that these bioenergy crops can also support pollinator community and enhance pollination service. I am also interested how various landscape characteristics of agricultural regions affect ecosystem services.

A little more about Milan:

I enjoy standing on the topmost rock on the mountain peaks and crawling through the depths of the caves as well as most of the nature things in between (except ragweed, mosquitoes and ticks).

Jonathan OliverJonathan Oliver

Munderloh Lab 

Previous Education:
PhD Iowa State University, 2011

Research Emphasis:
Interaction of ticks with tick-borne pathogens and symbiotic bacteria

A little more about Jon:
Former archaeologist

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JJ WeisJerome Weis

Heimpel Lab

Previous Education:

Ph.D., Yale University, 2014
B.S., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2004

Research Emphasis:

I'm studying the implications of inbreeding on sex determination and population growth in several species of parasitoid wasps.   

A little more about JJ:

I'm an aquatic ecologist, learning about insect evolution and agriculture here in the biological control lab.

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