• Dr. Holly Kindsvater

    Principal Investigator

    Dr. Kindsvater has an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. from Yale University in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. In 2019, after several years doing research, she joined the faculty in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. Outside of work she spends as much time as possible enjoying the natural beauty of Virginia with her family.

Graduate Students

  • Hailey Conrad

    Hailey Conrad

    M.S. Student

    Hailey competed her undergraduate degrees in Marine Sciences and Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University in 2020. Her website can be found at the link below

  • Charlie Holguin

    Charlie Holguin

    M.S. student

    Charlie completed his undergraduate degrees in Biology and Education and Youth Studies at Beloit College in 2020. He began research on amphibians as an REU at VT in 2019.

  • Kaitlyn Theberge

    Kaitlyn Theberge

    M.S. Student

    Kaitlyn completed her undergraduate degrees in Environmental Science and French at Bowdoin College in 2016. Before joining the lab, she gained experience working on small-scale fisheries, the aquaculture industry, and public education.

Postdocs and Collaborators

  • George Brooks

    George Brooks

    George finished his Ph.D. in Fish and Wildlife Conservation at VT in 2020. He is working on the ecological factors associated with viviparity in fishes, reptiles, and amphibians.

  • Nathan Pacoureau

    Nathan Pacoureau

    Nathan finished his Ph.D. in 2018 at the Chizé Centre for Biological Studies, a national lab in France. He is now colalborating on demographic models of elasmobranch population dynamics in the lab Nick Dulvy at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.

Lab alumni

  • Cat Horswill

    Cat Horswill

    Postdoc (Rutgers)

    Cat is now a researcher at the Zoological Society of London and University College London. During her postdoc, Cat worked on imputing life history traits of data-poor tunas and sharks in collaboration with Jason Matthiopoulos at the University of Glasgow.

  • Chris Mull

    Chris Mull

    Postdoc (Rutgers)

    Chris is now a researcher at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. During his postdoc, Chris led the assembly and publication of the shark trait database (www.Sharkipedia.org).

  • Kiva Oken

    Kiva Oken

    Postdoc (Rutgers)

    Kiva is now a professor of fisheries science at UC Davis. She worked on a project estimating differential mortality of females, males, and terminal sex-changing males using Black Sea Bass tagging data, in collaboration with Olaf Jensen.

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