Students in the Patterson Lab
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 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.
M.Sc. program, Zoological Sciences-- Habitat associations and status of Grévy's zebras in Taita ranchlands, Kenya
B.Sc. program, Biology-- systematics of Kenyan Miniopterus bats (2012 Field Museum REU intern)
Moi University (Eldoret, Kenya)
M.Sc. program, Biological Sciences -- Bat distribution and diversity in Lake Baringo, Kenya
Hassan Aburaida Babiker Salata
Ph.D. candidate, Department of Zoology -- Environmental factors determining the distributions of South African bats (External examiner)
Ph.D. candidate, Department of Evolutionary Genetics -- Evolution of MHC genes in bats and their relationship to parasite susceptibility and life-history decisions (External examiner)
Ph.D. candidate, Committee on Evolutionary Biology --diversification of the New World rodent group Octodontoidea (Major advisor)Christopher J. Schell
Ph.D. candidate, Committee on Evolutionary Biology --maternal effects on behavior and physiology of coyotes
with Nate beneath Aconcagua, on the Chilean-Argentine frontier, Aug '09 (photo by Dan Patterson)
Ph.D. candidate, Biological Sciences -- Seed dispersal in fragments by Afrotropical bats
Ph.D. candidate, Biological Sciences -- Explaining variation in tick infestations on white-footed mice
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.
as Major/Research Adviser:
(2009) Post-doctoral Fellow, Field Museum (Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University) -- coevolution of bats and parasitic bat flies
(1984) M.Sc., Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago (Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh) -- chipmunk burrowing ecology
(1999) Post-doctoral Fellow, Field Museum (Curator of Mammals, New York State Museum) -- lion behavior, ecology and evolution
(2002) M.Sc. University of Illinois at Chicago (PhD candidate at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) -- systematics of Rhagomys (Cricetidae, Sigmodontinae)
(1993) M.Sc., Ecology & Evolution, University of Chicago (formerly Assistant Professor, Rice University; Associate Professor, McGill University) -- how do foodwebs fall apart?
(1999) Ph.D., Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago (Associate Professor and Curator of Mammals, University of Alaska, Fairbanks) -- systematics and biogeography of Tenrecidae (Afrosoricida)
(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)
(1995) Ph.D., Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago (Associate Professor, Florida State University) -- adaptive radiations of Andean mice (Cricetidae: Phyllotini)
(1994) M.Sc., Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago (Instructor, Harper College) -- G-I tract anatomy of caenolestid marsupials (Paucituberculata)
(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 (who is now a collaborator) at IBRC-14 in Prague, Aug 2010
as an Examining Committee member or Co-adviser:
Mohammad Abu Baker
(2011) Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago (Visiting Assistant Professor, Gustavus Adolphus University)-- Habitat selection and community assembly in African small mammals
(1995) M.Sc., University of Illinois at Chicago (PhD, Duke; Director, Fundacion 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)
(2003) Ph.D., University of Copenhagen (Deputy Director, Tropical Institute, Universiti Malaysia Sabah)-- mammal persistence in rainforest fragments on Borneo
(2000) Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago (Adjunct Instructor, Roosevelt University)-- morphological phylogeny of deer (Cetartiodactyla: Cervidae)
(1995) Ph.D., Universidade de Sao Paulo (Executive Coordinator, Avistar, Brazil)-- bat ecology in Atlantic Forest fragments
(2005) Ph.D., Texas Tech University (Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University)-- ecology of bat and bat fly associations
(1993) Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago (Instructor, DeVry University, Chicago)-- optimal foraging of Illinois small mammals
Maria Luisa Jorge
(2007) Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago (Visiting Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University)-- Agouti seed dispersal, tree recruitment, and Amazonian fragmentationDouglas 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
(1990) Ph.D., University of Chicago (now Professor, Roosevelt University, Chicago) -- taphonomy of bone assemblages of carnivores and scavengers
(2001) Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago (now with IBAMA, Brazil)-- subsistence hunting by Brazilian aboriginals
(1998) M.Sc., Northern Illinois University (now Chief Preparator, National Museum of Natural History)-- ecology and diet of West African rainforest cats (Felidae)
(2002) Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago (now Assistant Professor, City Colleges of Chicago)-- rapid evolutionary change in rodentsPatty Ruback
(2006) M. Sc., Northern Illinois University (now a mom!)-- distribution and status of bats of Mpumalanga Province, South Africa
(1997) Lic., Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Ph.D., Texas Tech University; now Assistant Professor, University of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia)-- Diet and distribution of Altiplano rodents in Perú
(2010) M.Sc., Universitat Malaysia Sarawak--Biogeography and variation of Indo-Malayan Myotis muricola (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae)
(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
(1996) Ph.D., Northern Illinois University (now Professor, Governor's State University, College Park)-- population dynamics of small mammals in Illinois
|With Rosa Arana and Víctor Pacheco in Amazonas, Peru, in 1987.|
|Lisa Dorn collecting chipmunks in Colorado and Utah, 1982.