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Successful Alumni

Marissa Ahlering

Marissa Ahlering
Prairie Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy

“Grassland conservation is a passion of mine. The training I received from the faculty in the Division of Biological Sciences and the experiences I gained during my time as a graduate and post-doctoral student allowed me to turn my passion into a career.”

Portrait of Edward Buckler

Edward Buckler, Ph.D.
Research Geneticist, Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health

“The PhD program in biological sciences did a tremendous job of giving me the flexibility to put together a program that combined evolution, archaeology, and corn genetics. This broad training by experts in the world in each of these topics has allowed me to develop a unique perspective that has been invaluable to my current success.”

Katie Becklin

Katie Becklin, Ph.D.
AAUW Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas

“The biology department has been an incredible source of support for me as a scientist. During graduate school, I worked closely with a number of excellent faculty mentors who encouraged me to tackle difficult research questions and come up with innovative approaches. These people were instrumental in helping me become an independent scientist.”

Stacy Small

Stacy Small, Ph.D.
Conservation Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund

“I am committed to protecting native biodiversity in the Americas. Working with world-class avian ecologists at the University of Missouri, I developed the analytical and communication skills I needed for a successful career in wildlife conservation.”

Professor Supriya Srinivasan

Supriya Srinivasan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Physiology, The Scripps Research Institute

“As a graduate student at MU, I learnt how to ask important questions in science, design and conduct experiments, and present the findings to both scientific and lay audiences. My training was invaluable in acquiring a measure of scientific judgement and in becoming a lifelong lover of science.”

Professor Chris Pierret holding a large catfish and laughing.

Chris Pierret, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Mayo Clinic

“The most meaningful thing that the Division of Biological Sciences and MU Graduate School did for me was to free me to grow into the shoes of an academic. I was given the space and support to work within multiple departments to explore all aspects of my science. By working with mentors in science, education, diversity, and religion, I was able to build the core that supports my current work.”

Dr. George Wallace sitting in a boat

George Wallace, Ph.D.
Vice President, Oceans & Islands Division, American Bird Conservancy

“At MU, all of us in John Faaborg's lab were working at the interface between research and conservation, where the science of ecology was driving our thinking about how to conserve birds, especially birds that migrate between the US and Canada and the Tropics. For many of us, preparation at MU allowed us to choose paths in academia, government, or the private sector where we continue to apply and build on what we learned to conserve birds.”

Dr. Anjali Dogra Gray

Anjali Dogra Gray, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Biology and Health Sciences, Lourdes University

“I received a top-notch education and research experience at the University of Missouri-Columbia, which prepared me for the rigors of the work in the “real world.” My graduate studies made me more aware of what is expected of science majors when they graduate with their degrees. Now I am a professor and I feel well equipped to guide students towards careers in science. Mizzou will always have a special place in my heart.”

Dr. Kate Hertweck

Kate Hertweck, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center

“My graduate career at MU provided access to the resources necessary for me to experience a breadth of experimental and theoretical approaches. Interactions with a variety of scientists from different departments and topic areas allowed me to embrace cutting-edge research, and equipped me well to land my dream postdoc at an evolutionary biology synthesis center.”