Lab members

Lab PI

Heather Lynch – Assistant Professor Ecology & Evolution Department (CV)      (email: heather.lynch AT

Prior to arriving at Stony Brook:

  • Adjunct Faculty Applied Math and Statistics UC Santa Cruz (2011)
  • Assistant Research Scientist (2008-2011) University of Maryland
  • Post-doc (2007-2008) University of Maryland (with Dr. William Fagan)
  • Ph.D. 2006 Harvard University (Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; adviser Dr. Paul Moorcroft)
  • A.M. 2004 Harvard University
  • A.B. 2000 Princeton University

Post-doctoral associates


Chandi Witharana

Ph.D. Students


Philip McDowall
Pygoscelis coloniality – Cooperation and competition


Maureen Lynch
Ecology, behavior, and life history drivers of population resiliency in Pygoscelis papua

Michael Schrimpf

Michael Schrimpf
Avian communities, coloniality, and habitat across the Scotia Arc


Catherine Foley
South Georgia on the move: An examination of the southward movement of South Georgia fauna

Youngflesh photo

Casey Youngflesh
Phenological patterns of Pygoscelis penguins – Antarctic food web dynamics, environmental forcing, and interspecific competition


Nicole Bender

M.A. Alumni

Jeffrey Chan
Allee effects in emperor penguins

Undergraduate Alumni

Christina Leung
Using penguin colony acoustics to monitor breeding phenology

High School Alumni

Ryan Burke (Earl L. Vandermeulen High School) 
Using camera trap methods to study the reproductive success of penguins

William Engellenner (Now Attending Northwestern University)
A 15-year longitudinal study of the impact of marine ecotourism on Antarctic penguin populations