Shawn "Fred" Whiteman
She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico, Department of Biology, with a focus in paleoecology. Fred's 2006 project was: "Visitors to mounds: how the presence of a kangaroo rat affects reptile populations." Her mentor was University of New Mexico graduate student and Sevilleta LTER Fellow Andrew Edelman.
Shawn "Fred" Whiteman graduated summa cum laude from Hollins University in May of 2007. She also received departmental honors thanks to her REU project! Shawn "Fred" Whiteman is now a Ph.D candidate working with Felisa Smith in the Department of Biology, University of New Mexico. Her research interests include paleobiology, macroecology, and biogeography. She is currently working on two major research projects: one on the ecological factors contributing to differential success of mammals in the Great American Biotic Interchange, and one using geometric morphometrics to study packrat (Neotoma) morphology and phylogeny. She enjoys interdisciplinary and international collaboration, knitting, and fine wine, and she won't be offended if her name misleads you into thinking she's a guy. She is an amazing knitter.. though she has yet to knit me anything..