Graduate Students:

I am accepting new graduate students with the right fit.  Masters' students may come into the lab to work on existing projects, but I expect PhD students to design their own dissertations (preferably working in one of my existing systems, but I can be convinced otherwise with a good project).  I am eager to mentor students with interests in evolution, conservation, wildlife infectious disease, and related topics.

About you:  You are highly motivated, hard-working and curious.  You have experience in--or the desire to learn--genetic, genomic and bioinformatic techniques to understand evolution.

Undergraduate Students:

Jeanette Calarco: I am a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology. My future career goal is to become a physician or researcher specializing in infectious diseases. I enjoy being out on the water, kayaking, and swimming, but I also love sleeping and being a couch potato.

Jeanette Miller (not pictured)

Rebecca Harripersaud: Since I was born, I’ve always had an immense love for animals. My goal is to become a veterinarian and make a             difference in the lives of animals everywhere.

If you are interested in applying to work in my lab, please send me an email that describes your interests and qualifications.

Our lab collaborates with scientists in academia, nonprofits, management and educational outreach.

Joe Busch & Dave Wagner (Center for Microbial Genetics & Genomics,

    Northern Arizona University)

Center for Conservation Genomics (Smithsonian Institution)

Ana Davidson

Rob Fleischer

Jeff Foster (University of New Hampshire)

Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project

Nic Kooyers (Berkeley & USF)

Andy Martin (University of Colorado)

Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project

Eben Paxton (U.S. Geological Survey)

Kristina Paxton (University of Hawaii, Hilo)


Welcome New Sackett Lab Members!


Loren Cassin Sackett, Assistant Professor

I am an evolutionary biologist whose research interests center around the evolution of small populations and the influence of pathogens on evolution of their hosts.   My current research focuses on two main systems: avian malaria in Hawaiian honeycreepers and sylvatic plague in prairie dogs.  I am working to characterize the genomic basis of resistance to avian malaria among Hawaiian honeycreepers.  I also investigate the evolutionary effects of the introduced pathogen Yersinia pestis--the bacteria causing plague--on fragmented populations of black-tailed prairie dogs in Boulder County, Colorado.

You can find my CV on this page (or download a pdf here), check out some of my current projects here, and follow my adventures in science and travel on Instagram.