Robert J. Baker's Laboratory



Hai Minh Howard M. Huynh
Graduate Research Fellow

Ph.D. candidate, Biology, Texas Tech University
M.Sc. Biology, Acadia University
H. B.Sc. Biogeography and Conservation Biology, University of Toronto

I received broad training in mammalian taxonomy, systematics, and biology during my undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto and Royal Ontario Museum.  Additional training in mammalian taxonomy and collections-based research was acquired working with curators and collection managers at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History and the Field Museum of Natural History.  I obtained my Masters of Science in Biology at Acadia University (Nova Scotia, Canada) where I studied the systematics and biogeography of several mammalian taxa in Atlantic Canada, and became Research Associate of mammalogy at the New Brunswick Museum.  Some of my current research interests still centers on Canadian mammals in ongoing collaborative projects with other scientists at the New Brunswick Museum, Canadian Museum of Nature, and the University of Alberta. 

Here at Texas Tech University, I am pursuing a doctorate in mammalian taxonomy and (genome) evolution.  Some of my dissertation research will focus on helping resolve the systematics of various species groups in Peromyscus and the genus as a whole using morphological and molecular genetic data.  I will also be studying the speciation dynamics and modes of evolution in this speciose rodent genus.  Additional avenues of research currently include studying ursid evolutionary genetics, and engaging in other (small) projects of interest on mammalian taxonomy, systematics, and conservation. 


Julie Parlos 
Graduate Teaching Assistant

Ph.D. Candidate, Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University
M.S., Wildlife Ecology, Texas State University-San Marcos, 2008
B.S., Biology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2004

I am a fifth year doctoral candidate at Texas Tech. My master’s research focused on the population genetic structure of Myotis velifer throughout Texas, with sampling from California included (2008).  My doctoral research continues investigating genetic patterns; however, now my focus is investigating species boundaries. I am using multiple multifaceted molecular markers to investigate genetic variation and apply the information to species limits and boundaries in both Lonchophyllinae andDermanura. Other research interests include surveying hibernacula of M. velifer in Texas for white nosed syndrome (WNS) and utilizing an AnaBat detector to build a species library and temporally survey the bat species of Lubbock. After graduation, I plan to continue being involved in investigating biodiversity and conservation research and development.


Cibele Sotero-Caio
Research Assistant

Ph.D. Candidate, Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University
M.S., Biology, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 2008
B.S., Biology, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

I am a first year PhD student in Dr. Bakers lab. I obtained her Master’s degree in March 2008 from Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife – Brazil, where I developed a comparative chromosomal study among vampire bat species. My research interests include karyotypic evolution, as well as the use of cytogenetic approaches to the understanding of evolution, biogeography and systematics of mammals, giving emphasis to bat species. My initial work at Texas Tech involves investigating the distribution patterns of repetitive sequences in bat chromosomes by means of in situ hybridization, classical cytogenetic techniques, as well as fluorescent banding.


Former Laboratory Associates