Graduate Student Bios

Alissa Calabrese

Alissa Calabrese

Title: PhD student, Integrative Biosciences
Department: Biology
Office: ASEC B202
Email: ac22@zips.uakron.edu


Biography

I study the ecology of temporary waters and how the temporary pool environment impacts the evolution of the organisms within - specifically the highly successful adaptations of dormancy and germ banking among clam shrimp. These small crustaceans are highly risk averse and I am interested in learning about the ways in which they hedge their evolutionary bets. Continuing my studies at the University of Akron, I am attempting to take my previous research and apply it to models of evolutionary rates, bet hedging, and mating systems evolution.  These temporary pools serve as microcosms which allow me to understand both micro- and macro-scale dynamics.  I am looking to augment this line of inquiry with investigations into geology, game theory, computer modeling, and microbiology in an attempt to get at both the details and the larger scale implications of this work.