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Melissa E. Kemp
Melissa E. Kemp
Principal Investigator
PhD, Biology, Stanford University, 2015.
BA, Biology, Williams College, 2010.

David Ledesma
David Ledesma
Graduate Student
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I was born and raised in Richmond, TX. As a kid, I would often explore nature while catching ribbon snakes, earth snakes, anoles, geckos, and other herpetofauna. These experiences, along with my visits to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, instilled in me a fascination for reptiles and amphibians as well as the history of life on earth. I received my Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences with species honors from the University of Texas in 2017. After graduation, I worked as a teaching assistant for a freshman course at UT and published some of my undergraduate research on alligator lizards. I began my graduate studies at the University of Texas in the Fall of 2018. I am interested in studying Quaternary herpetofaunas utilizing ancient DNA to better understand how populations have changed through time. In my free time, I like to play soccer and continue to go out into nature to catch critters.

Molly Moro
Molly Moroz
Graduate Student
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I am originally from Michigan and majored in Ecology, Evolution & Biodiversity and Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan. As an undergraduate, I studied the dietary ecology of Heteromyid rodents from the middle Miocene. After graduating in 2017, I served with AmeriCorps in Washington with the YMCA Earth Service Corps to provide environmental education opportunities to high schools in the Greater Seattle area. Here at UT, I hope to study Quaternary mammal paleoecology in Texas and beyond.