Robin Costello

Laura S. Bailey Jefferson Fellow
Tampa, Florida
B.A. Dartmouth College (2013)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Robin Costello is a Ph.D. candidate in the Brodie Lab at the University of Virginia’s Department of Biology. Robin’s dissertation research explores how environmental spatial structure influences social interactions and evolutionary processes. She spends summers conducting her research on forked fungus beetles at Mountain Lake Biological Station, a UVA research station in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia. Robin balances her research with teaching. Each summer, she mentors students every summer at Mountain Lake through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates. Robin designed and taught an upper-level seminar course (Behavioral Ecology and Evolution: Planet Earth) as the Department of Biology’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow. Now, she serves as a graduate consultant for UVA’s Center for Teaching Excellence. Robin plans to graduate with her Ph.D. in Spring 2020. Ultimately, she hopes to secure a professorship at a teaching-focused small liberal arts college.

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