The Duffy Lab

June 2022 lab folks. Back row, left to right: Marcin, Noah, Siobhan, Kira, Libby, Kate
Kneeling, left to right: Sun, Meghan, Kristel, Aniqa
not pictured: Kris, Logan, Michelle, Paige, Teresa

Principal Investigator


Meghan Duffy

Susan S. Kilham Collegiate Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2006
Office: 3034 BSB
Phone: (734) 763-3658
Pronouns: she/her
Name pronunciation: audio file

Duffy CV
Google Scholar profile

Research Interests: disease ecology, aquatic ecology, evolutionary ecology, evolution of infectious diseases
Hobbies: running, reading, baking, wrangling small children

Lab Manager

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Kira Monell

M.S., University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Office: 3002 BSB


Research Interests: zooplankton ecology and physiology, molecular biology, climate change

Hobbies: hiking, reading, knitting, attending concerts

Research Technician

Siobhan Calhoun

B.A., University of Pennsylvania

Office: 3002 BSB


Research Interests: animal behavior, ecological responses to climate stress

Hobbies: reading, baking, singing

Postdoctoral Scientists


Marcin Dziuba

Ph.D. Candidate, Adam Mickiewicz University, PhD expected spring 2021

Office: 5038 BSB


Google Scholar profile

Research Interests: climate change and lakes, evolutionary ecology, thermal ecology, host-parasite dynamics

Hobbies: cooking, sports, tea, whisky

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Michelle Fearon

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2020

Office: 5038 BSB


Twitter: @MichelleLFearon


Research Interests: multi-host multi-parasite dynamics, disease and community ecology, behavior, environmental change

Hobbies: hiking, reading, soccer, gardening, beer brewing, photography


Kris McIntire

Ph.D., Illinois State University, 2020

Office: 5038 BSB


Research Interests: disease ecology, invasion ecology, coinfection

Hobbies: hiking, reading, travel, baking

Graduate Students


Elizabeth (Libby) Davenport

PhD Student

B.S., University of South Carolina, 2020

Office: 2102 BSB


Research Interests: host-parasite interactions, coevolution, evolutionary genetics

Hobbies: Hiking, kayaking, playing the clarinet, board games


Kristel Sánchez

PhD Candidate

M.S., University of Michigan, 2017

B.S., Florida International University 2014

Office: 2102 BSB


Research Interests: aquatic chemical ecology and community ecology

Hobbies: biking, kayaking, snorkeling, painting

Languages: Spanish


Teresa Sauer

PhD Student

B.S., Fairfield University 2020

Office: 2102 BSB


Research Interests: ecosystem ecology, disease ecology

Hobbies: hiking, swimming, reading, sculpture, experimenting with new recipes

Visiting Researcher

Natália (Nati) Ferreira dos Santos

PhD Student

University Federal Rural of Pernambuco, Brazil

M.S., University Federal Rural of Pernambuco 2018

Office: 2102 BSB


Research Interests: freshwater ecology, biodiversity patterns of zooplankton

Hobbies: muay thai, travel, watercolor painting, watching Netflix


Logan Jacobsen

Major: Biomolecular Sciences 

Year: Junior 

Research Interest: evolutionary traits, ecological effects of parasites

Hobbies: Running, watching U of M sports, Drawing

Riley Jaye

Major: Biology (pre-vet)

Year: First-year

Research Interests: epidemiology, global warming

Hobbies: soccer, long distance running, skiing, traveling abroad, and volunteering at Huron valley animal shelter


Emma Baird

Major: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity

Year: Sophomore

Research interests: at this point, anything and everything related to ecology!

Hobbies: Hot yoga, kayaking, skiing, reading


Paige McCreadie

Major: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity 

Year: Sophomore 

Research interests: community ecology, aquatic ecology, environmental change

Hobbies: Fishing, hiking, sewing, baking 

Christina Kim

Major: Biology (pre-dent) 

Year: First year 

Research Interests: Ecology, molecular biology 

Hobbies: Cross-stitching, reading, playing the cello, binge-watching shows on Netflix 

Jenna Petrie

Major: Biology, Health, and Society

Year: Sophomore

Research interests: Epidemiology, ecology, and cellular biology

Hobbies: Tennis, music, working out

Taleah Nelson

Major: Microbiology Major, Computer Science Minor

Year: Transfer student from Utah Tech University, first year at U of M!

Research Interests: Host-parasite interactions, virology, mycology, environmental change

Hobbies: Rock climbing, running, sewing, playing video games

Fiona Corcoran

Major: Ecology Evolution and Biodiversity

Year: Senior

Research Interests: Animal behavior, disease ecology

Hobbies: running, reading, yoga, cooking

Katya Deckelbaum

Major: Program in the Environment, hopefully double major with anthropology and languages (through HIMP)

Year: First year

Research interests: daphnia responses to parasites when exposed to different foods, processes behind lab work in general, hopes to study wolf and bear behaviors and their impact on their surrounding environment

Hobbies: waterskiing, alpine skiing, taekwondo, crocheting, hiking, learning languages, cooking, and eating

Older Group Photos

June 2021 lab folks. Left to right: Marcin, Patrick, Becca, Kira, Siobhan, Libby, Meghan, Kristel, Michelle not pictured: Katie, Varun
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February 2020 lab group (at Camden’s virtual going away party!)
Most of the Summer 2018 Lab Folks. Back row: Bruce, Katie M., Mia, Katie H., Clara, McKenna Front row: Becca, Kristel, Alliyah, Justin, Haniyeh. Not in picture: Camden, Laura, Mary, Meghan, Nina

Summer 2017

Summer 2016
Summer 2016, pretending to be Daphnia
Winter 2014
Summer 2014
May 2014
Winter 2013
Summer 2013
Fall 2010
Fall 2008

Former Duffy Lab Grad Students, Postdocs, and Techs

Former Technicians:

Rebecca Bilich (2017-2021); now a med student at Wayne State

Jessie Housley (2009-2013); now a small business owner

Katie Hunsberger (2013-2018); now a nurse

Bella Oleksy (2013-2014); currently a postdoc at the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies

Former Postdocs:

Stuart Auld (2011-2012), NERC Independent Research Fellow, University of Stirling, Scotland

Patrick Clay (2019-2021), Steven M. Teutsch Prevention Effectiveness Fellow, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Laura Lopez (2018-2021), National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, Australia

Mary Rogalski (2015-2017), Assistant Professor, Bowdoin College

Catherine Searle (2011-2014), Associate Professor, Purdue University

Sara Thomas (2009-2010), Teacher, Marietta, GA

Nina Wale (2016-2020), Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

Syuan-Jyun Sun (2021-2022), Assistant Professor, National Taiwan University

Former Grad Students:

Camden Gowler, PhD, 2020, University of Michigan; currently at US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Dylan Grippi, MS, 2014, University of Michigan; currently Consumer Safety Officer, US Food & Drug Administration

Khadijah Payne, MS, 2020, University of Michigan; currently a Biology Instructor at St. Augustine’s University

Rachel Penczykowski, PhD, 2013, Georgia Institute of Technology; currently Assistant Professor, Washington University (St. Louis)

Clara Shaw, PhD, 2019, University of Michigan; currently postdoctoral scientist, Penn State University

Katherine (Kate) McClean, 2022, University of Michigan, currently postdoctoral scientist, Epidemiology at University of Michigan


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