Lauren Trotta, M.S. Student

Lauren Trotta

I received my BS in Biology from Providence College in Providence, RI and had the opportunity to take part in the University of Washington’s Marine Biology Quarter at Friday Harbor Labs. As a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow at Providence College, I examined the effect of temperature change on intertidal consumers. I have also assisted in the creation of genomic libraries for plants, invertebrates and vertebrates. My Masters research will focus on studying food web structure and dynamics in endangered Florida Pine Rockland habitats. The first step in this process will be to use DNA barcoding to build a phylogeny that will characterize plant diversity in the Pine Rockalnd fragments.

In my free time I love to enjoy great food, spend time outdoors, especially near the water, and I’m looking forward to exploring the diverse ecosystems Florida has to offer.

Alicia McGrew, PhD. Student

Alicia McGrew

I received both my B.S. in Biology (Natural Resources) and my M.S. in Conservation Biology from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI. As an undergraduate, I became interested in zooplankton of the Great Lakes region, and worked as a laboratory technician to quantify zooplankton taxa used by larval fishes in the St. Clair River Delta in Michigan. My Master's research focused on examining the basic feeding ecology of the Great Lakes invader, Hemimysis anomala, or the "bloody red shrimp." My work investigated the herbivorous and omnivorous feeding capacities of this invader, and suggests how Hemimysis might be incorporated into the nearshore food web of Lake Michigan. My research in the Baiser lab will explore community dynamics of the food web in the northern pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea) using mensurative surveys, experimental manipulations of community structure, and modeling tools.

Daijiang Li, Postdoctoral Researcher

Lauren Trotta

I am broadly interested in biodiversity and community ecology. Specifically, how and why species occur where they are and assemble into communities? How have communities changed overtime and how will they respond to global change? I do both theoretical and empirical work to understand these questions. I received my Ph.D in Botany and M.S. in Biometry from University of Wisconsin-Madison. My PhD research focused on the long-term taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic dynamics of Pine Barrens in central Wisconsin since 1958. In August 2016, I joined the lab as a postdoctoral associate to develop methods to integrate different facets of biodiversity and apply them to study effects of global change on communities.

Lab Alumni

Josh Epstein, M.S. Student (2014-16), Thesis: Functional Diversity of Southeastern United States Fish Communities

If you are interested in joining the Baiser Lab, please send your cv and a letter of interest to