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I am proud of the really outstanding students I've interacted with.  Helping to shape the thinking and careers of curious, self-motivated, and independent young investigators is really the most rewarding part of my job.  
 
I encourage students interested in joining my lab to write me.  Prospective students should be aware that both of the Chicago-area programs with which I am affiliated are highly selective -- strong credentials and/or exceptional promise are needed to gain admission.  In most cases, both universities restrict admissions to students seeking doctorates, although exceptions are made for foreign nationals. To offer you much useful feedback on the subtleties of applying, I'll expect a synopsis of your educational background or CV and a statement of research interests.
 
Students from other museums and universities who wish to visit and work in the Field Museum's mammal collection can review information on our scholarship, internship, and fellowship programs at Field Museum's Scholarship Committee site
 
Information about current and past trainees is presented below. 
 
Current Students

University of Eldoret (Kenya)
David Wechuli
M.Sc. program, Biological Sciences -- Bat distribution and diversity in Lake Baringo, Kenya

David and Paul
David and Paul Webala setting a mistnet at Sable Bandas, Shimba Hills (Sep 2012)

Alexandra Weber
B.Sc. program, Biology-- systematics of Kenyan Miniopterus bats (2012 Field Museum REU summer intern)

University of Chicago

Victoria Flores

Ph.D. program, Committee on Evolutionary Biology -- bat behavior, immunity, and parasitism

Nate Upham

Ph.D. candidate, Committee on Evolutionary Biology --diversification of the New World rodent group Octodontoidea (Major advisor)


 Nate beneath the barrancas of Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, 2011 (photo by Naomi Stewart)

Christopher J. Schell
Ph.D. candidate, Committee on Evolutionary Biology --maternal effects on behavior and physiology of coyotes

University of Illinois at Chicago

Erika Arnold
Ph.D. candidate, Biological Sciences -- Explaining variation in tick infestations on white-footed mice

Eric Hancock
Ph.D. program, Biological Sciences - Foraging ecology of South African genets

 Erika Arnold imaging bat flies on Field Museum's Scanning Electron Microscope, Mar 2009.
 
Lyons Township High School
Daniel F. Patterson
summer intern - Photographing plates for The Bats of Kenya

Dan, Alex, and I at the 2012 REU symposium

Lab Alumni

as Major/Research Adviser:

Alex Dehgan

(2003) Ph.D. University of Chicago (Rubenstein Senior Visiting Fellow, Duke University) -- extinction risk of lemurs in Madagascar rainforest fragments

Carl W. Dick

(2009) Post-doctoral Fellow, Field Museum (Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University) -- coevolution of bats and parasitic bat flies

Lisa A. Dorn

(1984) M.Sc., Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago (Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh) -- chipmunk burrowing ecology

Roland W. Kays

(1999) Post-doctoral Fellow, Field Museum (Curator of Mammals, Director of Biodiversity, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences) -- lion behavior, ecology and evolution

Lucia Luna W.

(2002) M.Sc. University of Illinois at Chicago (Ph.D. University of Michigan; now in medical school) -- systematics of Rhagomys (Cricetidae, Sigmodontinae)

Gregory M. Mikkelson

(1993) M.Sc., Ecology & Evolution, University of Chicago (formerly Assistant Professor, Rice University; Associate Professor, McGill University) -- how do foodwebs fall apart?

Link Olson

(1999) Ph.D., Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago (Associate Professor and Curator of Mammals, University of Alaska, Fairbanks) -- systematics and biogeography of Tenrecidae (Afrosoricida)

Víctor Pacheco T.

(1989) M.Sc., Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago (Principal Professor and Curator of Mammals, Universidad de San Marcos, Lima) -- systematics and biogeography of Sturnira (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae)

Scott J. Steppan

(1995) Ph.D., Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago (Associate Professor, Florida State University) -- adaptive radiations of Andean mice (Cricetidae: Phyllotini)

Virginia L. Turner

(1994) M.Sc., Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago (Instructor, Harper College) -- G-I tract anatomy of caenolestid marsupials (Paucituberculata)

Paúl M. Velazco

(2009) Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago (Post-doctoral fellow, American Museum of Natural History) -- systematics and biogeography of Platyrrhinus (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae)

 
Mohammad Abu Baker in Lajuma, South Africa, July 2007.

with Paúl Velazco at IBRC-14 in Prague, Aug 2010

as an Examining Committee member or Co-adviser:

Mohammad A. Abu Baker 

(2011) Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago (Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Qatar)-- Habitat selection and community assembly in African small mammals

Nigel Asquith

(1995) M.Sc., University of Illinois at Chicago (PhD, Duke; Director, Fundación Natura Bolivia)-- seed dispersal in tropical forest fragments in Panamá

Pamela K. Austin

(1998) M.Sc., University of Illinois at Chicago (no longer in science)-- phylogeny and evolution of social behavior in mongooses (Carnivora: Herpestidae)

Hassan A. Babiker Salata

(2012) Ph.D., University of Cape Town (Assistant Professor, University of Juba, South Sudan) -- environmental factors influencing bat distributions in South Africa (external examiner)

Henry Bernard

(2003) Ph.D., University of Copenhagen (Deputy Director, Tropical Institute, Universiti Malaysia Sabah)-- mammal persistence in rainforest fragments on Borneo 

Norbert J. Cordeiro 

(2004) Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago (Associate Professor, Roosevelt University, Chicago)-- fragmentation impacts on plant-disperser mutualisms

Doreen S. G. Covey

(2000) Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago (Adjunct Instructor, Roosevelt University)-- morphological phylogeny of deer (Cetartiodactyla: Cervidae) 

Carl W. Dick

(2005) Ph.D., Texas Tech University (Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University)-- ecology of bat and bat fly associations

Silvia Fazzolari-Corrêa

(1995) Ph.D., Universidade de Sao Paulo (Executive Coordinator, Avistar, Brazil)-- bat ecology in Atlantic Forest fragments

Scott M. Fletcher

(2002) M.Sc., Governors State University (now Teacher, Lincoln-Way East High School, New Lenox IL)--environmental stress along an urban-rural environmental gradient

Alex Gombe Mwazo

(2012) M.Sc., Kenyatta University, Nairobi (now Affiliated Researcher, Tsavo East National Park, Kenya)--distribution and vegetation associations of Grevy's zebra

Mahesh
Gurung

(2003) Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago (now Lecturer, Harry S. Truman College, Chicago)-- Ecology of fear: A case study of blue sheep and snow leopards in the Nepal Himalayas.  

Benedikt Hallgrimsson

(1995) -- Ph.D, University of Chicago (now Deputy Provost and Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy, University of Calgary)-- Fluctuating asymmetry and maturational spans in mammals

Dianne Jedlicka 

(1993) Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago (now Adjunct Professor, School of the Art Institute, Chicago)-- optimal foraging of Illinois small mammals 

Maria Luisa S. P. Jorge

(2007) Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago (formerly Research Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University; now Postdoc at Universidade Estadual de São Paulo, Rio Claro)-- Agouti seed dispersal, tree recruitment, and Amazonian fragmentation

Douglas A. Kelt

(1989) M.Sc., Northern Illinois University (Ph.D. Univ. New Mexico; now Professor & Chair, Univ. California, Davis)-- distribution and ecology of Chilean rodents

Julian C. Kerbis Peterhans

(1990) Ph.D., University of Chicago (now Professor, Roosevelt University, Chicago) -- taphonomy of bone assemblages of carnivores and scavengers

Rosélis R. D. S. Mazurek

(2001) Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago (now with IBAMA, Brazil)-- subsistence hunting by Brazilian aboriginals

Charles Musiba 

(1999) Ph.D., University of Chicago (now Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado Denver) --Laetoli Pliocene paleoecology

Jane E. Norman

(1999) Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago -- molecular systematics of Xenarthra and Perissodactyla

James E. Norton

(2002) M.Sc., University of Illinois at Chicago -- genetic variability of Baird's tapir

John Ososky

(1998) M.Sc., Northern Illinois University (now Chief Preparator, National Museum of Natural History)-- ecology and diet of West African rainforest cats (Felidae)

Oliver R. W. Pergams

(2002) Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago (now Assistant Professor, City Colleges of Chicago)-- rapid evolutionary change in rodents

Patricia Ruback

(2006) M. Sc., Northern Illinois University (now a mom!)-- distribution and status of bats of Mpumalanga Province, South Africa

Julia Schad

(2012) Ph.D. Universität Potsdam (Researcher, Leibniz-Institut für Zoo- und Wildtierforschung)-- Major Histocompatibility Complex variation and parasitism in lesser bulldog bats (external examiner)

M. Corrie Schoeman

(2006) Ph.D., University of Cape Town (South Africa)(now professor, School of Biological and Conservation Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal)--Community structure in insectivorous bats in South Africa (external examiner)

Carrie Seltzer
(2013) Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago (now Manager, The Great Nature Project, National Geographic Society) -- Seed dispersal by Afrotropical bats and rodents in Eastern Arc forests

Etotépé A. Sogbohossou 

(2006) M.Sc., Université d’Abomey-Calavi (Benin)(Ph.D. Leiden University; now Researcher, Laboratory for Applied Ecology, Université d’Abomey-Calavi)--Phylogeny, morphology, and ecology of West African lions (external adviser)

Sergio Solari T.

(1997) Lic., Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Ph.D., Texas Tech University; now Auxillary Professor, University of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia)-- Diet and distribution of Altiplano rodents in Perú (external adviser)

Sigit Wiantoro

(2010) M.Sc., Universitat Malaysia Sarawak (Malaysia)--Biogeography and variation of Indo-Malayan Myotis muricola (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) (external examiner)

Christopher J. Yahnke

(1996) M.Sc., Northern Illinois University -- systematics of Chilean foxes

(1999) Ph.D., Northern Illinois University (now Associate Professor, Curator & Chair, University of Wisconsin, Steven Point) -- ecology of hantavirus in Paraguay

John A. Yunger

(1996) Ph.D., Northern Illinois University (now Professor, Governor's State University, College Park)-- population dynamics of small mammals in Illinois



Sept 2010, with former students (l-r) Sergio Solari, Paúl Velazco and Víctor Pacheco, all now valued collaborators on Neotropical systematics and biogeography (photo via SS at the 2 SPM, Arequipa)
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Bruce Patterson,
May 13, 2013, 6:12 AM
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