Individuals who are interested in joining the lab are encouraged to contact Josh Banta.

Principal Investigator



Josh Banta
Josh received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000 and his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Stony Brook University in 2008. He worked as a post-doctoral research associate in the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology at New York University from 2008 - 2011. Josh’s research interests center on the ecology, evolution, and genomics of plant life histories in fluctuating and changing environments. Curriculum vitae (PDF)

Graduate Students



Justin Dalyrmple
Justin started his Masters degree in Biology in fall 2012. He received his B.S. in Biology from Boston College. Previously he worked as a laboratory technician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, studying immunoassays. His research interests are varied, but his thesis work focuses on the genetic basis of tolerance to apical meristem damage in Arabidopsis thaliana. 


Melody Sain
Melody started her Masters degree in Biology in fall 2013. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Tennessee at Martin in May 2013. She is working on the taxonomic status and distribution of the threatened endemic wildflower Hibiscus dasycalyx.

Research Assistants




Jennifer Parks


Raul Estevez



Alumni



Miles Mesa
Miles graduated with a B.S. in Biology from UT-Tyler in May 2013. He worked in our lab from August 2011 - June 2013, on projects with Arabidopsis thaliana involving (1) the genetic basis of tolerance to apical meristem damage, and (2) epistatic effects among flowering time loci on architectural and life history traits. He was a Lois Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) summer research fellow during the summer and fall of 2012.

Miles is now embarking on a Ph.D. in Dr. Ken Paige's lab at the University of Illinois.


Melecio Silva
Melecio graduated with a B.S. in Biology from UT-Tyler in May 2013. He worked in our lab from June 2012 - May 2013, on projects involving the genetic basis of tolerance to apical meristem damage in Arabidopsis thalianaPrior to working with us, he worked in Dr. Karen Gomez's plant physiology lab, where he received the UT-Tyler Student Research Award and he served as a teaching assistant for Dr. Gomez's plant physiology course. He was a Lois Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) summer research fellow during the summer and fall of 2012.