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Lab Members


Felipe S. Barreto, PhD (Principal Investigator)

Associate Professor


I am broadly interested in evolutionary genetics of natural populations, with specific research topics including the genetics of hybrid incompatibilities, speciation, and physiological adaptations, as well as the evolution of mating systems and sexual selection. 

Contact: felipe.barreto[at]


Kamron Kayhani

PhD student, NSF Graduate Research Fellow

I am interested in investigating the potential of organisms to adapt to the changing global climate, as well as the genetic components that underlie an organism's ecology.


Kristofer Bauer

PhD student, NSF Graduate Research Fellow

I am interested in studying patterns of phenotypic and genetic change in populations of marine organisms in response to environmental stressors driven by climate change, specifically ocean deoxygenation and hypoxia. Furthermore, I'm also keen to investigate how the impacts of climate change in marine systems can be mitigated by legislature at coastal county and state levels.


Marine Andriot

PhD student


I am interested in marine evolutionary genetics with a focus on how abiotic stressors affect natural marine populations at the genetic level over time.     


Matt Powers, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar


I am interested in exploring evolutionary questions relating to physiological responses to stress, condition-dependent phenotypes, and life history traits. I enjoy testing theory on the evolution of complex traits resulting from both natural and sexual selection, regardless of the model system. A common thread across my research is the use of biostatistics and data visualization in R.

Undergraduate Research Assistants


Austin Vick


Spencer Loring

(SURE Science awardee)


Ella Schmitz

Jasmine Weaver (SURE Science awardee)

Samantha Olvera (STEM Leaders Program)

Barreto Lab alumni

Undergraduates (years in lab)

- Tara Wirsching (2018-2021, currently M.S. student at     Western Washington University)

- John Barnes (2020-2021, SURE Science intern)

- Megan Criss (2019-2020)

Nikki Baker (2018-2019)

- Lisa Roerk (2018-2019)

- Charlotte Gruninger (2018-2019)

- Beth Davis (2017-2019, currently PhD student at Un.     of Maine)

- Nicholas Saenz (2018)

- Bryce Bothwell (2017)

- Alison Vasa (2017)

- Kristofer Bauer (2016-2017, SURE Science intern)

- Camille Eckel (2016)

- Alan Pacheco (2016, SURE Science intern)

Graduate students (degree, year)

- Emily Boring (M.S., 2020) - now at Divinity School, Yale University

- Andrea Burton (PhD, 2022) - now a postdoc at San Francisco State University

- Dan Schneck (PhD, 2022) - now a teaching professor at Spokane Community College, Spokane Washington

Postdocs (years, current position)

- Kin-Lan Han (2017-2019, researcher U. Washington)

- Allie Graham (2017-2020, postdoc U. Utah) [webpage]

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