Our Research Team


Dr. DeAnna Beasley

Dr. DeAnna Beasley is a postdoctoral research scholar at North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences where she studies the environmental implications of urbanization and climate change, particularly as they relate to insect development and social immune function. In her free time she enjoys hang gliding and Tai Chi.


Dr. Jason Bourke

Dr. Jason Bourke is a vertebrate paleontologist interested in the functional morphology of extinct reptiles. His research looks at reconstructing soft-tissue anatomy and physiology in extinct animals using computer modeling and engineering-based approaches.


Dr. Terry “Bucky” Gates

Bucky’s research is at the intersection of paleobiology and modern ecology. He uses field and evolutionary comparative methods to better understand the evolution and preservation of ancient ecosystems.


Dr. Dan Fergus

Daniel Fergus is a molecular biologist who is interested the evolutionary diversity of animals and their behaviors. He has worked on a variety of vertebrate and invertebrate animals, recently focusing on mites that live in the pores of humans and other mammals.


Dr. Stephanie Schuttler

Stephanie Schuttler is a mammalogist interested in animal behavior and conservation biology, and where they intersect. Her previous research focused on African wildlife, especially elephants, but she is currently expanding into work on urban mammals in North America. She has strong interests in outreach and science communication.

Dr. Magdalena Sorger

Dr. Magdalena Sorger is a postdoctoral research scholar at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences where she studies the diversity, distribution, and behavior of ants on islands and island-like systems such as forest patches, sand ridges and your homes. More on her website theantlife.com.

Julia Stevens

Dr. Julia Stevens

Julia is a microbial ecologist who seeks to understand the relationships between animal and plant hosts and their microorganisms, specifically how environmental conditions affect these relationships. Always up for an adventure, Julia’s research has taken her all across the world and will continue in North Carolina studying plants and their associated bacteria.