June 15-16, 2009

Otte Students

Nancy Burley is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine. She is an evolutionary biologist/behavioral ecologist with degrees from the University of Syracuse (BS), the University of Cincinnati (MS), and the University of Texas at Austin – PhD). She studies social evolution, especially sexual selection, mating systems, and intraspecific communication in birds. Dr. Burley has worked primarily on the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) and related Australian grassfinches with special reference to variation in beak color, female choice and the maintenance of genetic variation in this trait. She is married to Richard Symanski, and they have one son. More information on Dr. Burley is available at http://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=2138&name=Nancy%20T.%2...

Bill Cade is Professor of Biological Sciences and President of The University of Lethbridge. He is a zoologist and holds degrees (BA, MA and PhD) from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a native of San Antonio, Texas and immigrated to Canada in 1977. Dr. Cade is a citizen of the United States and Canada. He is a member of Rotary, serves on the Alberta Economic Development Authority and other community and University boards. Before coming to Alberta Dr. Cade was Professor of Biology and Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. He also taught high school science in San Antonio. He is interested in the evolution of insect mating behavior, especially interactions between parasitoids and prey in field crickets. Dr. Cade is married to Elsa Salazar Cade, an award winning science teacher, and they have one daughter. More information on Dr. Cade is available at http://people.uleth.ca/~bill.cade/

Tony Joern is Professor, Division of Biology, Kansas State University. He is an evolutionary ecologist with degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BS) and the University of Texas at Austin (PhD). Before coming to Kansas, Dr. Joern was Professor, School of Biological Sciences, and Director of the Cedar Point Biological Station, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has held several adjunct appointments, served as a member of the editorial board with The Ecological Society of America, and the grants panel of the National Science Foundation. He has received teaching and research awards. Dr. Joern is interested in ecological and evolutionary mechanisms responsible for directing observed patterns of species coexistence and resource use), the mechanisms promoting/ deterring feeding by insects and the ecological and evolutionary responses by plants, and the mechanisms responsible for maintaining species diversity in grasslands). Tony and Linda Vescio have been married for 30 years. More information on Dr. Joern is available at http://www.k-state.edu/grassland/people/joern.html

Joan Strassmann is Wiess Professor and Chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice University. She is an evolutionary biologist with degrees from The University of Michigan (BS) and The University of Texas (PhD). She is a fellow of the Animal Behavior Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has held a Guggenheim fellowship. She is interested in the evolution of cooperative interactions and has used social insects, mostly wasps, and social amoebae in the Dictyostelia for this work. She is also interested in effective education at all levels. She is married to David Queller and has three children. She lives in Houston, Texas, and has done field work abroad in Venezuela, Italy, and Brazil. More information on Dr. Strassman is available at http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~evolve.