People

Devin Bloom, Principal Investigator

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I am interested in the interaction between ecological dynamics and evolutionary processes and patterns. For much of my research, I use phylogenetics, comparative methods, molecular techniques, natural history collections and field work to understand the genesis of biodiversity. You can follow along on twitter @bloomchovies.

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Email: devin.bloom at wmich.edu
Phone: 269-387-5608
Office: Wood Hall 2119
Mailing address:
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5410

Graduate Students

Kim Foster, PhD student

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I am interested in the patterns of freshwater diversity. In particular, I am interested in the connection between form and function in fishes. I utilize phylogenetic comparative methods to study such patterns and processes. For my master’s degree, I worked on an enigmatic family of Freshwater fishes, the Goodeidae. I looked at body shape rates and modularity to test hypotheses of adaptive radiation between the two subfamilies. I also evaluated their interesting pre-placental like structures called ‘trophotaeniae’ to determine taxonomic significance, and how those structures may have played a role in species diversification. I plan on continuing my interest into functional morphology in the Bloom Lab for my doctoral degree. When I am not working on fishes, you can find me working out, gardening, and finding anyway to get sweaty

Shelby Smith, M.S. student

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My research interests focus primarily on evolutionary ecology, specifically comparative morphology in reptiles and fish. I am currently investigating trophic niche evolution inGreat Lakes alewives (Alosa pseudoharengus) and comparing them to their native anadromous counterparts, as well as other east coast landlocked populations.

In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors playing tennis, hiking, kayaking, swimming, and scuba diving. I also love to draw and paint, when I have time. I’m also taking up golf under the guidance of my boyfriend who was a former golf pro, but for now, it’s a work in progress.

Undergraduate students

Zac Stoner
Ben Schreck
Kory Kirsten
Rebecca Everts

Lab Manager

Tiktaalik (AKA Teek)  – Teek works closely with Devin investigating Ringneck Pheasant habitat preference, trail running, hiking, discussion of all research topics, and snuggling.
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Lab Alumni

Undergraduates

Helen Watrous – starting M.S. program at University of Miami fall 2018
Daniel Buehler
Jane Thayer – Medical Technologist at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
Nicholas McBryan

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