People

Current members of the Edwards Lab.

Photo: Elena Zhukova for UC Merced

Dr. Dan (Danielle) L. Edwards

Principal Investigator

I study divergence and trait evolution among populations, between species and through deep time. I love all reptiles and amphibians, but especially squamates. I am fascinated by speciation and geographic variation and have a passion for conservation. (Pronouns: she/her/hers).


Sam Fellows

PhD Grad Researcher

(2019 – present)

My research focuses on ecological and biogeographic processes which drive and maintain diversity within squamate reptiles on a variety of evolutionary timescales. (Pronouns: he/him/his)


Bianca E. Salazar

PhD Grad Researcher

(2020 – present)

I am a first-year graduate student In the Quantitative Systems Biology program. My interests include studying the natural world to further understand how and why species diverge. (Pronouns: she/her/hers)


Aleks Jones

Undergrad Researcher

(2019 – present)

I am a second-year undergraduate student studying molecular and cell biology. I am very excited to work on genetic research in the Edwards Lab. (Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs or He/Him/His)


Carolyn Cochran

Undergrad Researcher

(2020 – present)

I’m a third-year undergraduate researcher studying biology with an emphasis in ecology and evolution. Topics I wish to study more in the future include spatial ecology and the effects of climate change on reptiles and amphibians. After graduating from UC Merced I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology. (Pronouns: she/her/hers)


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