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Michael Antolin

Ph.D. Biological Science, Florida State University (1990)
M.Sc. Zoology, University of Alberta, Canada (1985)
B.A. Biology, University of Pennsylvania (1981)

Research Interests:
Population genetics and ecology, conservation genetics, metapopulation biology of prairie dogs and
plague, sex ratios and mating systems in parasitic Hymenoptera, local adaptation in insects

Dan Tripp
Lab Manager




Current Graduate Students
Shelley Bayard de Volo
Ph.D. Student
Fall 2000 to present

Demography and population genetics of northern goshawks using non-invasive genetic sampling





Reesa Conrey
Ph.D. Student
Fall 2004 to present

Population dynamics of burrowing owls on the Pawnee National Grassland, Colorado: Effects of prairie dog - plague dynamics, recreational shooting, and potential management actions

I am locating nests and monitoring abundance, nest success, and fledging success for owls on the PNG, making comparisons with owl count data collected by the Forest Service from 1998 - present. A pilot study was initiated in 2005 with 62 nests monitored on 12 prairie dog colonies and one area off colony. I plan to continue this study through 2007, banding a subset of adult and juvenile owls in order to correct observational counts of owlets (which may remain visually undetectable underground), assess site fidelity, and initiate a study of survival. 


Liz Harp
Ph.D. Student
Fall 2005 to present

Genetics of disease resistance in black-tailed prairie dogs

I am collecting blood, fecal, and tissue samples from black-tailed prairie dogs on the Pawnee National Grassland in order to investigate relationships among the parasites of black-tailed prairie dogs, immunogenetic diversity, and immunocompetence.  I am also developing a host-parasite database for vertebrates on the shortgrass steppe.  In my free time I continue with research into the persistence of ranavirus in wood frogs and spotted salamanders at Tulula wetland in western North Carolina. 


Former Graduate Students
Dan Tripp
Spring 2005 to Fall 2007
Flea Loads on Black-tailed Prairie Dogs During Plague Epizootics in Colorado
Lisa Savage
Fall 1999 to Fall 2007
Population genetics of black-tailed prairie dogs on the Pawnee National Grassland
Aryn Wilder
Spring 2005 to Spring 2007
Early transmission of Yersinia pestis by the prairie dog flea Oropsylla hirsuta
Michael Foust
Fall 2005 to Spring 2007
A survey of Eimeria spp. (Apicomplexa; Eimeriidae) in black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) in northeastern Colorado
Jennifer Lowell
Spring 2002 to Spring 2007
Population genetics of plague (Yersinia pestis): a global perspective
Jeremy Bono
Fall 1999 to Fall 2004

Obligate and facultative slave-making ants: raiding behavior, host-parasite coevolution, and evolution of slave-making behavior

Erin Lehmer Powell
Fall 2000 to Spring 2004
The relationship between torpor, environment, and body condition in free-ranging black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Jen Roach
Fall 1996 to Summer 1999

Genetic structure of a black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) metapopulation in shortgrass steppe

Dan Hopkins
Fall 1993 to Spring 1998
Population structure of an aphid parasitoid wasp measured by allozyme and RAPD-PCR markers
Myron (Mike) Gray
Fall 1995 to Spring 1998
Using random amplified polymorphic DNA markers for a population study of the Aspergillus glaucus group
Alisha Holloway
Fall 1995 to Fall 1997
Genetics of sex determination in a parasitoid wasp
Ty Vaughn
Spring 1993 to Spring 1997
Ecological genetics of a parasitoid wasp in an agricultural landscape
Michelle Marko
Fall 1993 to Spring 1996
Hemiparasitism by Castilleja sulphurea: alkaloid incorporation and herbivore response


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