Jonathan (Jon) W. Armbruster, Ph.D. 1997, University of Illinois

Director Auburn University Museum of Natural History, Professor and Curator of Fishes

Research: systematics, evolutionary ecology, and morphology of loricariid catfishes, cavefishes and cyprinids.


Corinthia (Cori) Black, MS 2014, University of Northern Iowa

Ph.D. student

Research: Dissertaton topic TBD, shape evolution of flatfishes



Shobnom Ferdous, Ph.D., 2013, Auburn University

Instructor, Auburn University
Research: Taxonomy and phylogeny of the southeast Asian bagrid catfish genus Mystus.


Malorie Hayes, M.S., 2013, Southeastern Louisiana University

Ph.D. student
Research: Systematics and taxonomy of North American darters and African barbs.


Tobit Liyandja

Research: Shape evolution of the African/Asian minnow genus Labeo, and variation within Labeo parvus


David Werneke, M.S., 2004, Auburn University

Curator III, Collection Manager of the AU Fish Collection
Research: Systematics and ecology of North American fishes.


Courtney Weyand, M.S., 2017, Southeastern Louisiana  University

Ph.D. Student
Research: Dissertation topic TBD, Ecology and evolution of fishes, particularly the minnow Clinostomus


Former Students: Complete theses and dissertations

Carrie Allison, MS (nonthesis), August 2001-August 2003, a guide to the loricariids of the Rupununi District, Guyana.

Ricardo Betancur, Ph.D., August 2004 – May 2009. Systematics and evolutionary history of sea catfishes (Siluriformes: Ariidae).

Edward Buress, Ph.D. August 2012-August 2017. Patterns and rate of ecological diversification among Neotropical cichlid fishes

Justin D. Evans, MS, June 1999 - May 2002. Taxonomic and phylogenetic assessment of the Hemiacistrus annectens group by morphometric and molecular methods (Teleostei: Loricariidae)

Shobnom Ferdous, Ph.D., August 2004 – December 2014. Geometric Morphometrics and Phylogeny of the Catfish genus Mystus Scopoli (Siluriformes:Bagridae) and North American Cyprinids (Cypriniformes).

Pamela Hart, MS, May 2013-August 2016. Diversity and Conservation of the Southern Cavefish, Typhlichthys subterraneus.

Nathan Lujan, Ph.D., August 2002 – May 2009. Jaw morpho-functional diversity, trophic ecology, and historical biogeography of the neotropical suckermouth armored catfishes (Siluriformes: Loricariidae).

Marcelo Melo, Ph.D., August 2004 – August 2009. Taxonomic and phylogenetic revision of the family Chiasmodontidae (Perciformes:Acanthomorpha).

Thomas Paul Pera, MS, August 2000 - December 2004. Taxonomic assessment of the silverjaw minnow, Notropis buccatus Cope (Cyprinidae).

Keith Ray, MS., August 2006 – December 2010. Redescription and morphometric analysis of Isorineloricaria (Siluriformes: Loricariidae).

Lesley de Souza, Ph.D., August 2003 – December 2011. Hydrological link between the Amazon River Basin and the eastern Guiana Shield on the Neotropical ichthyofauna.

Carla C. Stout, Ph.D. August 2010-May 2017. Minnows and molecules: resolving the broad and fine-scale evolutionary patterns of Cypriniformes.

Milton Tan, Ph.D., August 2009-August 2016. Evolution of Miniaturization and Paedomorphism in Fishes of the Order Cypriniformes.

David C. Werneke, MS, August 2000 - May 2005. Variation within the genus Labidesthes Cope (Atheriniformes: Atherinopsidae) and its influence on the validity of the fiery-finned silverside (Labidesthes vanhyingi Bean and Reid.

Paul Wieczorek, MS, August 2012-December 2015. Ecomorphological analysis of cyprinids in the Mobile Bay Basin