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I am a first year PhD student in the Smiley lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University. Broadly, I am interested in the spatiotemporal effects of climate and landscape on small mammal communities. I seek to apply stable isotopes to this area of research on a time scale spanning deep time to the modern day.

As I begin my graduate studies, I have begun researching the effects of phenology, seasonality, and resource pulses on the isotopic niche space of small mammals across habitat gradients. The Central Long Island pine barrens is a highly heterogeneous and fragmented mosaic of habitat types, regulated by anthropogenic and natural wildfire, affecting the dietary niche of small mammals. I aim to bring LI pine barrens research into the 21st century and index the isotopic signatures of the foodstuff, fur, and blood of small mammals inhabiting this rare ecosystem type through space and time.

Hailing from southeastern Connecticut, I completed my Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences and Bachelors of Art in Art History, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, from Union College in Schenectady, New York in 2020.

My honors thesis, begun in the spring of 2019 and completed in the winter of 2020, applied stable isotope analysis to adult Ixodes scapularis blood meal as a method to identify the feeding guild or species of its nymphal host. Additionally, I investigated the temporal enrichment of carbon and nitrogen in the blood meal of black-legged ticks previously fed on Peromyscus leucopus hosts.


My passion for the history of art compliments my endeavors in ecology and spans a breadth of periods and movements: 18th through 21st century European art, Indian art, Edo printmaking, Italian Renaissance art, American art and architecture, and Latin American and Caribbean art. I have also researched the Raman spectra of red lake and indigo pigments.

Above, left to right: James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Nocturne in Black and Gold – The Falling Rocket (1875), Henri Matisse, Dance (I) (1909), and Tarsila do Amaral, Abaporu (1928).


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Department of Ecology and Evolution
Stony Brook University
Life Sciences 650
Stony Brook, NY 11794
imogene.welles@stonybrook.edu


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