Dr. Jeff Lozier

Lab PI - Assistant Professor

It's starting to get less lonely here, but still come on and apply to the Department of Biological Sciences! My own work tends to focus on projects with both applied and basic components, so I encourage students who are also interested in studying interesting ecological and evolutionary aspects of topics like conservation, invasive species, or pollination. Research in the lab will deal mostly with insects like bumble bees, aphids, and parasitoids, but projects span across all sorts of animals so people interested in applying genetic tools to their organism of interest should feel free to contact me.


Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Meaghan Pimsler

Meaghan Pimsler, life-long bug nerd, is excited to begin working with bumblebees here at the University of Alabama after finishing her postgraduate education at Texas A&M University.  Meaghan will be working on our NSF study of latitude and altitude adaptation, specifically bringing her expertise of RNAseq to the project.

Graduate Students

Jason Jackson

PhD Student

Jason will be coming to UA from our hated rivals Ole Miss, where he has been working with Brice Noonan on biogeography of islands, focusing on ants of Madagascar. Jason has broad interests, including invasive species, biogeography, and general population genetics. Jason will be working on “new generation” methods in population genomics to examine phylogeography of different color morphs in the bumble bee Bombus bifarius and to look at local adaptation in montane bees.

Riley Lovejoy

PhD Student

Riley is a native of Alabama, who is coming to the lab following an NSF REU project looking at the invasive kudzu bug, Megacopta cribaria. We are currently exploring some project ideas to look at novel aspects of this species’ introduction and spread using population genetics approaches

Peter Scott (PhD student, co-Chair with Leslie Rissler)

Sarah Duncan (PhD student, co-Chair with Rissler Lab)

Undergraduate Students

Charles Pitsenberger

Rebecca Dicks

Alex Hale

Courtney Newton

Evan Dittmar

Gabrielle Unbehaun

Chris Evans

Kyle Robinson

Rebecca Dicks