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


Abigail Curtis

Research Scientist

Main project: Multifunctional bat skulls

Jeff Bradley

Mammalogy Collection Manager

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

Andrea Bernal Rivera

(co-advised with Alejandro Rico-Guevara)

Thesis topic: TBD

David Villalobos Chaves

Thesis topic: Ecomorphological and trophic diversification of Neotropical myomorphous rodents

Donavan Jackson

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

Edú Guerra

Thesis topic: Drivers of morphological variation in small mammals across space and time

Flo Visconti

Thesis topic: Untangling the olfactory enigma in the Chestnut short-tailed fruit bat

Laura Quinche

(co-advised with Alejandro Rico-Guevara)

Thesis topic: TBD

Vaibhav Chhaya

Thesis topic: TBD

Undergraduate Researchers

Abby Burtner

Main projects: Evolution of body shape diversity in Sciuridae; evolutionary modeling of mammal limb morphologies

Annika McFeely

Main project: Evolution of body shape diversity in Sciuridae

Arion Chao

Main project: Mandible functional morphology in reptiles

Sneha Sil

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

Tate Linden

Main project: Evolution of body shape diversity in Sciuridae


David Grossnickle – Postdoctoral Scholar (2020-2023)

Chris Law – Postdoctoral Scholar (2019-2022)

Jessica Arbour – Postdoctoral Scholar (2016-2019)

Ada Kaliszewska – Postdoctoral Scholar (2015-2019)

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.