Sarah Hird is an Assistant Professor in the Molecular and Cell Biology Department at the University of Connecticut. Generally speaking, her research interests lie at the intersection of phylogeography, host-associated microbiota and bioinformatics – and evolution guides how she think about everything. She’s also the proud mama of 2 little boys. When not “biology-ing”, she likes to cook, walk her dog and quote Seinfeld episodes over coffee.


img_1238CJ Jenkins recently translated a life-long interest in biology into an additional documented achievement, having completed her PhD at Washington State University, Pullman, WA (October 2016).  She is also a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.S., 2005) and the University of Iowa (M.Sci., Biology, 2010). After splitting her time and her gas mileage between Washington State University and the University of Idaho, while studying the genetics of host/parasite coevolution from time to time in New Zealand, she has moved to Halle, Germany, where she enjoys the title of Frau Doctor, as a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Paxton at Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. Her current research is in the evolutionary interaction between varroa mites, Deformed wing virus and bees.  Her other intellectual interests include Evolutionary Medicine, Sexually Antagonistic Genes, Group Selection, Speciation and Metagenomic approaches in Bioinformatics. Her current favorite hobbies are international travel and quilting.

Noah Reid is interested in diversity, describing its distribution and forces that shape it. In his research he uses and develops tools from systematics, evolutionary genetics and ecology to try to understand historical and contemporary forces that influence patterns of species diversity and patterns of genetic diversity within species. He recently started a position as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut.He also takes photos.


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