Lab members

Heather Lynch – IACS Endowed Chair in Ecology & Evolution (CV)      (email: heather.lynch AT

Prior to coming to Stony Brook:

  • 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

Ph.D. students

Rachael Herman:
Range expansion, colonization, and gene flow in a pioneering seabird species

Bento Goncalves
Inferring Antarctic pack-ice seal population dynamics from satellite imagery
Emma Talis
Mathematical models for penguin population dynamics and behavior
Michael Wethington
Kate Blackwell
Carole Hall

Lab Alumni

Alex Borowicz (former PhD student)

Michael Schrimpf (former PhD student; now a post-doc at the University of Manitoba)

Maureen Lynch (former PhD student; now working for Vermont Fish & Wildlife)

Catherine Foley (former PhD student; now at NOAA)

Casey Youngflesh (former PhD student; now a post-doc at UCLA)

Phil McDowall (former PhD student; now at Google)

Chandi Witharana (former post-doc; now at the University of Connecticut)

Chris Che-Castaldo (former post-doc; now an IACS Postdoctoral Fellow)

Grant Humphries (former post-doc; now at Black bawks Data Science)

M.S. Alumni

Noah Strycker – A Global Population Assessment of the Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica)

M.A. Alumni

Jeffrey ChanAllee effects in emperor penguins

Nicole BenderSpatiotemporal dynamics of Antarctic tourism

High School Alumni

Sandeepna Eranki: Egg laying contagion among Gentoo penguins

Reid Biondo (now attending the University of Virginia): Neural networks for understanding seal distributions

Erin Burke (now attending Claremont McKenna): Life history strategies in seabirds and its impact on conservation

Andrea Dahl (now attending Stanford University): Formation and change of vocal dialects in captive gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) populations

Caroline Biondo (attended the University of Virginia): Are stone stealing dynamics in a penguin colony consistent with predictions from game theory?

Ryan Burke (attended Brown University): Using camera trap methods to study the reproductive success of penguins

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