Dr. Genny Kozak

Genevieve (Genny) Kozak received her B.S. from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. She was postdoc at Tufts University and University of Illinois before she started her lab at UMass-Dartmouth. Her research on speciation integrates behavior, evolution, conservation, and genomic studies. She is an Associate Editor at Evolutionary Ecology. @GenevieveKozak


Graduate Students

Brittany Velikaneye (Ph.D., Integrative Biology, UMD Distinguished Doctoral Fellow)

project: Environmental factors that affect mate choice in the European Corn Borer Moth

My interests in biology include mate choice, genetics, and the effect of environmental factors on these. I have a BS in Biology and a BS in Psychological Science from Eastern Connecticut State University.  My current research project includes looking at how different temperatures affect mating choices in European Corn Borer Moths. My personal hobbies include birding, building my collection of flamingos, and watching Hallmark movies.



Hunter Trowbridge (M.S., Biology)

project: Genetic differences associated with host plant in the Frosted Elfin Butterfly

I am interested in conservation, genetics, and ecology. I have a degree in wildlife and conservation biology from the University of Rhode Island, and my current research focus is on the frosted elfin butterfly. When I’m not working on research, you can find me skiing, climbing, biking, or otherwise playing outside.



Arielle Enos (UMD, Class of 2021), Honors

I am a senior graduating in Spring 2021, and I will be working on my honors thesis in the Kozak lab. Previously, I worked in another lab on campus where I got to look at a really cool snail-trematode system in the Upper Mississippi River Region. While I love ecology, I would like to get my masters in nutrition and become a registered dietitian. In my free time I enjoy hiking, cooking, and trying new foods!


Ivy Dorach (UMD, Class of 2022)

I live in Westport, MA, which is perfect because I love the beach! I own two adorable dogs, a Corgi-Beagle mix and a German Shepard (they love the beach too)! I am currently a senior at UMASS studying biology with a concentration of pre-med!


Co-Advised Graduate Students

Leah McKay (M.S., Biology, UMD), project: stress and working memory in field mice

Former Lab Members

Rebecca Bachtel (M.S., Biology, 2020), project: Temporal and spatial variation in invasive snail parasites

Mallory Kiernan (UMD, Class of 2020) Honors research student