Click on the name of each lab member to learn more about their work.

Principal Investigator

Sharlene E. Santana

Professor, UW Biology
Curator of Mammals, Burke Museum


Jeff Bradley

Mammalogy Collection Manager

Abigail Curtis

Research Scientist

Main project: Multifunctional bat skulls

(+Postdoctoral Scholar, 2016-2019)

Postdoctoral Scholars

Iroro Tanshi (WRF Fellow)

Main project: Traits for conservation: Afrotropical bat ecomorphology with a focus on the Endangered Short-tailed Roundleaf bat

PhD Students

Vaibhav Chhaya

Thesis topic: TBD

Edú Guerra

Thesis topic: TBD

Donavan Jackson

Thesis topic: Morphological and genetic variation within chipmunks (Tamias)

David Villalobos Chaves

Thesis topic: Ecomorphological and trophic diversification of Neotropical myomorphous rodents

Flo Visconti

Thesis topic: TBD

Undergraduate Researchers

Team teeth & mandibles

Arion Chao

Main project: Mandible functional morphology in reptiles

Lindsay Engelbert

Main project: Testing methods to quantify dental topography

Team Piper

Sneha Sil

Main projects: Ecological and evolutionary interactions between bats and plants; acoustics analytical methods

Team Squirrel

Abby Burtner

Main projects: Evolution of body shape diversity in Sciuridae; Understanding the origin of bat flight: evolutionary modeling of mammal limb morphologies

Annika McFeely

Main project: Evolution of body shape diversity in Sciuridae

Hannah Rickman

Main project: Evolution of body shape diversity in Sciuridae


Jessica Arbour – Postdoctoral Scholar (2016-2019)

Ada Kaliszewska – Postdoctoral Scholar (2015-2019)

Chris Law – Postdoctoral Scholar (2019-2022)

Rochelle Kelly – PhD, 2019; Thesis: Diversity, distributions, and activity of bats in the San Juan Islands

Leith Leiser-Miller – PhD, 2019; Thesis: Sensory ecology, morphology and behavior of Neotropical leaf-nosed bats

Katie Stanchak – PhD, 2019; Thesis: Functional anatomy and evolution of a novel skeletal element in bat feet

Abby Vander Linden – Research Technician (2013-2015)

We are deeply thankful to the numerous undergraduate alumni who have contributed to our research, collection operations, and outreach over the years.