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The Team

The Core Team


I am broadly interested in how interactions at different levels of biological organization drive the evolutionary process, from epistasis between loci within a genome, to social interactions among individuals in a population, to coevolutionary arm-races between species in a community. My work focuses on natural populations and field studies of selection and inheritance in taxa ranging from snakes to insects to flowers.

Edmund "Butch" Brodie III

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BFD Runk Professor 

Director of Mountain Lake

Biological Station

I am a behavioral and evolutionary ecologist fascinated by how complex phenotypes shape and are shaped by ecological interactions. My work focuses on the interplay between nectar production and foraging behavior phenotypes in a plant-pollinating beetle community at MLBS. I am also engaged in science communication work to share the fascinating story of evolution with all audiences. You can find out more on my website here.

Sarah McPeek

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PhD Candidate

I am interested in how species interactions influence evolutionary change. I am particularly interested in behavioral ecology, and look forward to developing a project involving the social behavior of Forked Fungus Beetles!

Charlotte Greene


PhD Student 


I am a behavioral ecologist interested in the evolution of social behaviors. I have studied cooperative vigilance in meerkats and coordinated feeding behavior in fruit flies, and I look forward to exploring the social behavior of forked fungus beetles in the field next summer.

Clara Stahlmann Roeder


PhD Candidate

I am the lab technician for the Brodie lab. I help in managing and creating databases that the lab uses, as well as assist in executing and creating lab protocols. I also act as the lab's liaison.  I enjoy learning about ecology and interspecific interactions between insects and vertebrate animals. 

Savanna Emily Cabrera


Lab Technician 


I am a Ph.D. student in the Biology Department, co-advised by Mandy Gibson and Butch Brodie. I received my B.A. in Biology from Davidson College in 2020. I joined the lab in the fall of 2022, and I am interested in how coevolution between arthropods and their gut microbiomes influences habitat choice.

Erin Scott

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PhD Student 

Keely Pattisall


I am interested in behavioral ecology and how evolutionary processes play out at different ecological scales. I am also interested in how knowledge of evolutionary dynamics can inform conservation efforts.


Past Members

Phoebe Cook

  • PhD 2022

  • Educational Consultant at Carnegie Mellon

Anthony Gilbert

  • Postdoc 2020 to 2022

  • Now works as a postdoc in the Warner Lab in Auburn University.

Liza Mitchem 

  • PhD 2021

  • Data Analyst at Syngenta

Robin Costello

  • PhD 2020

  • Postdoc in the Ballen lab in Auburn University

Mike Hague

  • PhD 2018

  • Postdoctoral Researcher at the Cooper lab at the University of Montana

Eileen Butterfield

  • Lab Manager 2018

  • Now works as a business analyst at Silverchair

Hannah Donald​

  • Lab Manager 2012

  • Now works as a Lab Manager for Formica lab in Swarthmore College

Brian Sanderson​

  • PhD 2016

  • Postdoctoral researcher at the Oakley lab at Purdue University

Corlett Wolfe Wood​

  • PhD (2015)

  • Assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh 

Leleña Avila

  • PhD 2015

  • Undergraduate advisor at UC Berkley 

Vince Formica​

  • Postdoc 2012

  • Professor at Swathmore College

  • Still works with the Brodie Lab! 

Joel McGlothlin​

  • Postdoc 2012

  • Associate Professor at Virginia Tech

Helen Vasaly​

  • MS 2012

  • Program Associate for the Computing Community Consortium

Eric Liebgold​

  • PhD 2011

  • Associate Professor at Salisbury University

John Chuckalovack​

  • MS 2010

  • Field Application Scientist Regional Manager at Bio-Rad Labs

Bronwyn Heather Bleakley

  • PhD 2007

  • Associate Professor of Biology and Biology Department Chair at Stonehill College

Jason Kolbe​

  • Postdoc 2006

  • Associate Professor at University of Rhode Island

Mathias Kölliker

  • Postdoc 2005

  • Curator at the Museum of Natural History Fribourg

Liz Lehman​

  • PhD 2006

  • Associate Director of Science Companion Projects at UChicago. 

Ben Ridenhour​

  • PhD 2004

  • Professor at the University of Idaho

Stephanie Welter​

  • PhD 2004

  • Associate professor, chair of the division of natural sciences, and chair of the biology department at Kansas Wesleyan University 

Yoni Brandt​

  • PhD 2004

Aneil Agrawal​

  • PhD 2003

  • Distinguished Professor at the University of Toronto 

Cerisse Allen ​

  • PhD 2002

  • Researcher and Lab Coordinator in the Emlen lab at the University of Montana

Maura "Maple" Denman​

  • ​PhD 2002

  • Naturalist at the Ginzbarg Nature Discovery Center

Jen Sadowski​

  • PhD 1999

  • Professor and Chair of the biology department at Viterbo University

Jason Wolf​

  • PhD 1998

  • Professor at the University of Bath 

Chris Grill​

  • PhD 1998

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