Principal Investigator

Tom Giarla, Ph.D.

I'm a biologist fascinated by the evolutionary processes that give rise to the incredible diversity of animal life on earth. My primary study systems are various clades of small, cryptic mammals, most of which inhabit threatened tropical habitats. I work to understand the diversity present within those groups (taxonomy), the relationships among those species (phylogenetic systematics), and the processes that shape patterns of diversity across whole clades.

Siena College Research Students

Current Lab Members

  • Francesca Gallo
  • Hannah Gregg
  • Nimra Komal
  • Samerna Masih
  • Frank Mosher
  • Jennifer Park
  • Emily Roff

Lab Alumni

  • Daniel Biljanoski (Biology '17)
  • Ashley Herkert (Biology '17)
  • Maria Valdez (Biology '17)
  • Naisla Defran (Biology '17)
  • Kylie Small (Biology '17)
  • Kelly Moolick (Biology '16)

 

 

Attending a workshop at my alma mater, washington University in St. Louis,  as part of the Genomics Education Partnership.

Attending a workshop at my alma mater, washington University in St. Louis,  as part of the Genomics Education Partnership.

Kelly Moolick presenting her work at the ASM meetng to a big crowd!

Kelly Moolick presenting her work at the ASM meetng to a big crowd!

Kylie Small practicing her poster presentation with me and collaborator Jake Esselstyn.

Kylie Small practicing her poster presentation with me and collaborator Jake Esselstyn.

Daniel Biljanoski working with Tachyoryctes DNA at the bench.

Daniel Biljanoski working with Tachyoryctes DNA at the bench.

Nasila Defran found a spring salamander at Thacher State Park!

Nasila Defran found a spring salamander at Thacher State Park!