Mailing address: Department of Biological Sciences Auburn University 101 Rouse Life Sciences Building Auburn, AL 36849, USA
Tim Mitchell Postdoctoral fellow
I am excited to be working in the Warner lab as an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology. My research will investigate the influence of population demography on life history plasticity in Anolis sagrei. Additionally, I will be working closely with Biology classrooms in local schools. I previously completed my PhD (2013) and a postdoc at Iowa State University in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. For more information on my past and present research and outreach, visit my website.
Renata Brandt Postdoctoral fellow
I'm happy to join the Warner lab as a postdoc funded by FAPESP. I came to study facultative sex allocation in the brown anole, but I will also be doing some other cool stuff. I have a biology degree and a Ph.D degree from the Institute of Bioscience from the University of São Paulo (IB-USP). For more information on my research and what I am up to, check my website.
I am currently a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and my dissertation work will be focused on how plasticity changes across all life stages in the brown anole. My research utilizes both lab and field components to test the hypothesis that organisms retain some plasticity in aspects of their physiology throughout their lifetime, and these aspects of their physiology may change in levels of plasticity as the organism ages. This work is just starting and I am excited to begin! I received my Masters of Science degree in biology in August 2015 from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. My thesis work was with Dr. Dan Warner as well and focused on the adaptive significance of phenotypic plasticity in the brown anole. In 2013, I received my Bachelors of Science in biology from The University of Texas at Tyler, where I worked on compensatory growth in corn snakes under the advisement of Dr. Neil Ford. My overall research interests include phenotypic plasticity, energy allocation, ecology, and evolution. Check out my personal website for more details about my research.
Josh Hall Ph.D. student
I earned my undergraduate degree at Union University in Jackson, TN where I majored in biology and writing, and I recently completed my master’s degree in general biology at Mississippi State. For the past five years I have been teaching biology, earth science, and physical science at a small high school in my home town but now am very excited to leave that behind to join the Warner lab. My academic attention is focused on the evolution, ecology, and conservation of reptiles, though I also take interest in the field of herpetoculture, breeding various species of geckos and snakes. I have been married for nearly 10 years to my wife, Amanda, and we have a beautiful daughter named Hazel who loves catching frogs and chasing lizards like her daddy. Check out my website.
Phil Pearson MS student
I am a Master’s student in the Warner lab, but I have been a member in the lab since my undergraduate studies. I received my Bachelor of Science in biology and Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. My research interests revolve around reptile evolutionary ecology and developmental plasticity specifically effects of changing of phenology and thermal developmental environment. My Master’s project is focused on how seasonal variation in incubation temperature affects the phenotype and fitness in the brown anole lizard.
Jenna Pruett MS Student
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Clemson University in May 2016. While I was there, my undergraduate work primarily focused on the relationship between form and function in Pleurodire turtles. I decided to change directions with my graduate research and plan to study maternal effects and nest site choice in western painted turtles.
Sarin "Putter" Tiatragul MS Student
Originally from Nonthaburi, Thailand, I attended Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA) where I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Research Concentration. While I was there, apart from doing research on fiddler crabs, I cheered-on the Zags with the Bulldog Pep Band, worked on recycle/composting programs with the Office of Sustainability, and served as a Resident Assistant (and Assistant Resident Director). As a Master's student in the Warner Lab, I am broadly interested in how animals adapt to urban environments and other human disturbances. My goal is to apply sound scientific skills to tackle environmental issues in Thailand and Southeast Asia. Please visit my website and blog to learn more about my research activity, interest and experiences.
Ariel Steele MS student
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology at The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN in 2015. My undergraduate work included observing sexual size dimorphism in the six-lined racerunner, and determining the impact that has on overall performance differences between the sexes. My current general interests are in mechanisms of sexual selection, and the influences sexual selection has on fitness.
Austin Hulbert Undergraduate student
I am currently a junior at Auburn University and am majoring in Organismal Biology. Reptiles and amphibians are my favorite taxonomic groups, but more specifically, I am most interested in snakes. I enjoy learning about most fields of biology but am most interested in ecology and evolution. I hope to continue my education and research aspirations in the future through graduate school.
Cassie Guiffre Undergraduate student
I’m currently a sophomore majoring in Integrative Biology at Auburn but I grew up in Denver, Colorado. I’m not entirely certain what I want to with my major, whether it’s medicine, research, or a veterinary field. I just know I really enjoy what I’m doing and learning and that’s reason enough to pursue it. I hope to grow intellectually in Dr. Warner’s lab by expanding my education beyond the classroom. I’m really excited about this opportunity and can’t wait to see what we’re able to do in the lab!
Dani Douglas Undergraduate student
I’m a senior majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies and minoring in Spanish at Auburn University. My degree emphasizes English Literature and Biology. After graduating, I plan to pursue a career in pharmaceutical sales. I have also considered teaching biology at the middle school or high school level. I would love to one day combine my love for English, Biology and Spanish and work as an editor/translator for a textbook company or scientific magazine. As someone who loves all animals but has only had extensive contact with mammals, I’m extremely excited to be a member of this lab and extend my knowledge of reptiles.
Robin Lloyd Undergraduate student
I am currently a senior at Auburn University majoring in Organismal Biology and acquiring a minor in Sustainability Studies. I am passionate and intrigued in all the areas of the biological sciences, with my favorite areas being genetics and conservation biology. I plan to further my education in the biological sciences into graduate school with my end goal of becoming a conservation biologist researching issues threatening endangered species. My past experiences include working for the USFWS, studying at Dauphin Island Sea Lab, studying abroad in Swaziland and South Africa, and advocating for conservation legislature in Washington DC.
Kayla Wilson Undergraduate Student
I am an undergraduate at Auburn University majoring in organismal biology with a specific interest in herpetology. I’ve always found reptiles and amphibians to be fascinating, as well as mysterious and misunderstood. I’m passionate about teaching others about our scaly and slimy friends and have been helping to do so for a while now at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve. My dream one day is to become a professor of evolutionary biology; I love learning and telling about how the organisms on our planet came to be and why they have the adaptations they do. I am extremely excited for the opportunity to work in the Warner Lab and can’t wait to contribute to the world of herpetology!
Stephen Mirkin Undergraduate student
I am working on a second bachelor’s degree at Auburn (Organismal Biology), having received my first from Humboldt State University in Geography and Environmental Management. I have always had a passion for biology, and herpetology in particular. I will pursue a PhD after I graduate from Auburn, and would like to conduct herpetological research in the tropics. I am especially interested in the biochemistry of venoms and toxins specifically in poison dart frogs, which is what I would like to study in graduate school. I am excited to be part of the Warner Laboratory and to learn from and help the current graduate students with their projects.
Former lab members Graduate students David Delaney
Undergraduate students Audenline Kurniawan Dalton Williams Andrew Buckelew Agam Dhawan Amanda Clark Dilani Patel Tiffany Colburn Brook Pruitt Matthew Denaburg Frank Wideman