Lab Alumni

Former Graduate Students

Hyena women united! Left to right: Stephanie Dloniak, Micaela Szykman, Heather Watts and Erin Boydston at the Wildlife Society meeting in Monterey, CA, September 2009.


Dr. Erin Boydston (PhD 2001)

eboydston [at]
tel. 714-508-4704 / fax. 714-508-4701
Research Ecologist
USGS Western Ecological Research Center
320 Commerce, Suite 150
Irvine, CA 92602

Nature Conservancy Article on Erin's Work


Dr. Stephanie M. Dloniak (PhD 2004)

dloniak [at]
Director, The Mara Carnivore Conservation Project
PO Box 86
Karen 00502
Nairobi KENYA
Mobile phone: +254 736 192 242


Dr. Anne Engh (PhD 2002)
Currently raising children in Kalamazoo, MI


Dr. Joseph Kolowski (PhD 2007)

Conservation Biologist
National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution
Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW, Suite 3123, Washington DC 20560
Tel: 202.633.4787
Fax: 202.786.2557


Ms. Teresa McElhinny (MSc 1996)

mcelhinn [at]
Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Zoology

Michigan State University


Dr. Eva Maria Muecke (PhD 2005)

Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Lewis & Clark College
0615 Palatine Hill Road
Portland, OR, 97219


Dr. Scott Nunes (PhD 1997)

nunes [at]
Associate Professor
Department of Biology , University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street San Francisco, CA 94117
phone: (415) 422-5645 fax: (415) 422-6363


Dr. Wiline Pangle (PhD 2008)

Visiting Scholar

Dr. Ian Hamilton Laboratory

Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology

300 Aronoff Laboratory
318 W. 12th Ave.
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210


Dr. Micaela Szykman Gunther (PhD 2001)

Dr. Micaela Szkyman Gunther observing African wild dogs

ms147 [at]
Assistant Professor
Department of Wildlife
Humboldt State University

1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521
Ph: 707-826-3520
Fax: 707-826-4060
Director, African Wild Dog Reintroduction and Conservation Program
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Smithsonian Institution, National Zoological Park, Conservation & Research Center, USA


Dr. Jaime B. Tanner (PhD 2007)
Darwin Postdoctoral Fellow
Organismic & Evolutionary Biology Program
319 Morrill 3
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003


Dr. Kevin R. Theis

Research Associate
Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Michigan State University     hyena pasting
2215 Biomedical Physical Sciences
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-4320


Dr. Russell C. Van Horn (PhD 2004)

Research Associate, Applied Animal Ecology
Conservation & Research for Endangered Species (CRES)
Zoological Society of San Diego
15600 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027-7000


Dr Page E. Van Meter

Helping manage public lecture series at Pace University

New York, NY


Dr. Sofia Wahaj (PhD 2004)
Currently raising children in Seattle, WA


Dr. Heather Watts (PhD 2007)

hewatts [at]
NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior
University of California, Davis
Animal Communication Lab
Davis, CA 95616


Former Post-docs


Dr. Susan Cooper

Assistant Professor
Texas Agricultural Experimental Station
1619 Garner Field Road

Uvalde, TX 78801


Dr. Carmen Salsbury

Associate Professor & Chair
Department of Biology
Butler University
4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208


Images of lab alumni


Russ with UA.


Left to right: Terri, Heather & Jaime.


Kevin in the field.


Joe with sleeping cub.