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Principal Investigator

Amanda Chunco completed a BS in Zoology from the University of Florida, a PhD in Biology from UNC, and a SPIRE postdoctoral fellowship in Geography at UNC. She has been at Elon since 2012. Professionally, she is interested in ecology, conservation, and especially biogeography. Personally, she loves gardening (although most of her plants die), hiking, and spending time outdoors with her family.

Current Research Students

Abby Cates is working on a review of hybrid zones that form between native and invasive species. She has also participated in field work on the hispid cotton rat.

Former Research Students

Sarah Hope Dolce completed an Honors thesis on hybrid zone dynamics. She graduated in 2020 and is currently working as a Federal Biological Analyst in Virginia.

Sarah Midolo studied biogeographic pattern in amphibian species. She graduated in 2019 and is currently working for USGS.

Hannah Harper studied biogeogrpahic patterns in species invasions. She graduated in 2019 and is currently working as a GIS specialist.

Julia Needham completed an Honors thesis on biogeographic patterns in hybridization between native and invasive species. She graduated in 2018 and is currently pursing a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture at NC State University.

Emma Nault completed a College Fellows project on an isolated population of toads. She graduated in 2017 and new works at FareHarbor.

Cas Levy completed an Honors thesis on the distribution and ecology of dung beetles intentionally introduced to Australia using Maxent and GIS. She graduated in 2017 and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in GIS in Glasgow, Scotland.

Jenny Archis completed an Honors thesis on the distribution of coral snakes and their predicted response to climate change using Maxent. She graduated in 2016, and is currently teaching Chemistry and Environmental Science at Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago, IL.

Susie Masecar completed a College Fellows project on small mammal diversity in agricultural settings. She graduated in 2015 and currently works as a veterinarian.

Amazing Collaborators 

Patricia Thomas-Laemont is a professor in Environmental Studies at Elon University. She studies small mammal ecology and old-field succession.

Amber Rice is an Associate Professor of Biology at Lehigh Univeristy.

Cris Ledón-Rettig is Research Scientist at Indiana University.

Interested in joining the lab?

I am excited to advise students with interests in ecology, conservation, and biogeography. GIS skills are a plus, but a willingness to learn is even more critical than what you already know. If you are interested, send me an email (achunco at elon dot edu) or stop by my office hours in the garden level (i.e., basement) of McMichael Hall.