Alison L. Gould

PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


I am a Ph.D. candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in Dr. Paul Dunlap’s lab at the the University of Michigan. For my dissertation, I am describing key aspects of the behavior and ecology of a bioluminescent coral reef fish relative to the initiation and maintenance of its symbiosis with a luminous bacterium. My research integrates techniques in behavioral ecology and population genomics using high throughput sequencing technology to describe the evolutionary ecology of this highly specific mutualism. Prior to graduate school at Michigan, I completed a Master’s degree in Marine Biology at San Francisco State University in Dr. Wim Kimmerer’s lab at the Romberg Tiburon Center, where I investigated the life history of an invasive species of copepod in the San Francisco Estuary relative to its success as an invader. As an undergraduate, I majored in both Mathematics and Conservation Biology at the University of Virginia. I also spent several years working in between my time as a student, including one year as a research technician at a small biotech company in Tiburon, California and another feeding sharks(!) at the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco.


Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

University of Michigan

1009 Kraus Natural Science Building

830 North University Avenue

Ann Arbor, MI 48109