Lab Members

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Karissa Hughes

Karissa Hughes is a research technician and recent OU graduate. She has worked at LMAMR since 2016 on a number of project- from island translocations to ancient dogs.

Kristen Rayfield

Kristen Rayfield is a PhD student in anthropology. She is interested in the oral microbiome and paleopathology.


Robin Singleton

Robin Singleton is a PhD student in anthropology. She is interested in conservation genetics and ancient DNA.

Alice Lee

Alice Lee is a first year PhD student interested in the microbiome.

Sara Williams

Sara is an undergraduate microbiology and anthropology student. She is working on dietary reconstruction of mink from Maine.

Kaylee Tatum

Kaylee is an undergraduate anthropology student. She is working with Dr. Parker on morphological and genetic analysis.

Dr. Lilly Parker

Dr. Lilly Parker is an NSF Polar Programs Post-doctoral Research Fellow. She completed her PhD at George Mason in Biocomplexity and Evolutionary Biology.

Dr. Sabrina Shirazi

Dr. Sabrina Shirazi is a Smithsonian- Nature Conservancy- OU postdoctoral fellow. She is working at the intersection of archaeology and evolutionary biology on the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve. She completed her PhD at UC Santa Cruz in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Dr. Courtney A. Hofman

Dr. Courtney Hofman is an associate professor in the anthropology department.

Hannah Wellman-Alumni

Hannah Wellman was a visiting PhD student at the University of Oregon. She is interested in historical ecology of marine mammals.

Rita Austin-Alumni

Dr. Rita Austin is former PhD student in the Anthropology Department at OU.  She conducts research on ancient dental calculus from museum collections. She is a post-doc at the University of Oslo.

Alexis Mychajliw- Alumni

Alexis was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at LMAMR and a Research Associate at the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum. Her work is at the intersection of conservation, ecology, and paleontology. She is an assistant professor at Middlebury College.

Janet Buckner- Alumni

Dr. Janet Buckner was an NSF Post-doctoral Fellow and a visiting researcher at OU. She is interested in avian phylogenomics. She is an assistant professor at UT-Arlington.

Sterling Wright- Alumni

Sterling Wright was a Masters student in the Department of Anthropology at OU. He worked on Mesoamerican dental calculus.

Nihan Dagtas- Alumni

Nihan is a former technician and lab manager at LMAMR. She worked on everything from short faced bears to microbiomes.

Mecca Djahedian-Alumni

Mecca graduated from OU but while at LMAMR worked on proteomic methods

Husayn Ramji- Alumni

Husayn Ramji graduated from OU in Spring 2018 and is now in medical school at OUHSC. He developed protocols for 3D scanning archaeological material before destructive sampling.

Zarine Cabral

Zarine is an undergraduate researcher interested in health and the microbiome.

Megan Tolbert- Alumni

Megan worked as undergraduate researcher on ZooMS

Victoria Paige-Alumni

As an undergraduate researcher, Victoria worked on mink evolution.

Laura Pott-Alumni

Laura was an undergraduate researcher at LMAMR. She conducted research on the dental calculus of weed macaques. Laura is now a PhD student at the U. Minnesota

If you are interested in collaborating or studying at LMAMR, please contact us.

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