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Dr. Anne Bronikowski
Associate Professor

I study the evolution and ecological context of life history evolution, with an emphasis on senescence, in natural populations of snakes and semi-natural populations of baboons. The laboratory integrates across the levels of landscape ecology, population genetics, organismal physiology, and genetic and epigenetic mechanism. I participate in three graduate programs: EEB (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), IG (Interdepartmental Genetics), and BCB (Bioinformatics and Computational Biology)

I am interested in taking motivated undergraduate and graduate students in any area consistent with my current research interests. There are also opportunities to volunteer in any of our current research programs. This typically gives students an opportunity to become integrated into the lab and obtain research experience.

Information for Prospective Grad Students

Current Lab Members  

Dawn Reding - Post-doctorate Fellow

Dawn studies the molecular evolution of genes important in life-history variation within and across reptile species. She uses a variety of techniques from transcriptome sequencing, real-time PCR, and population genetics.

Tonia Schwartz - Graduate Student

Tonia is a PhD student in the Interdepartmental Genetics program. She is co-advised by Anne Bronikowski in EEOB and Jo Anne Powell-Coffman in GDCB. Her doctorate research is on the acclimation and evolution of gene expression and gene regulatory networks involved in stress, immunity, and aging. To explore these interconnected life history traits, Tonia is using two complementary model systems: natural populations of garter snakes (T. elegans) with evolved differences in various life history traits as an ecological genomics model; and nematodes (C. elegans) as a laboratory genetic model for experimental evolution studies.

Eric Gangloff – Graduate Student

Eric is a PhD student in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology program.
His research examines the ecological and evolutionary significance of physiological and behavioral variation in garter snakes (Thamnophis elegans and T. sirtalis). He also studies learning in these snakes and its role in shaping behavior. Using field observations, captive experimentation, and molecular analysis with snakes from populations in California and Iowa, his research aims to illuminate how these organisms respond to a changing world.

Shikha Parsai - Graduate Student

Shikha is a Masters student in the Interdepartmental Genetics Graduate Program at ISU.  She is conducting research on the regulation of genes involved in metabolic startup and reperfusion in hibernating reptiles. In addition, she is analyzing sequence variation across reptiles in the p53 molecular pathway. Genes in the p53 pathway are implicated in aging, tumor suppression, growth arrest, and apoptosis.”


Alex Wendt - Undergraduate Researcher

Alex is a Genetics Major at ISU.  He is currently working on the repeatability and heritability of complex behavioral traits in full- and half-sibs of garter snakes.

Former Lab Members