Devon DeRaad is a 2018-2022 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Kansas. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. (2017) in biology from Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA. At Occidental, DeRaad was an All-American baseball player and undergraduate researcher in the Moore Laboratory of Zoology. With the Moore Lab, he used natural history collections to investigate phenotypic variation within Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii), revealing a previously unrecognized zone of intergradation between the two distinct lineages that comprise the species. As a graduate student, he hopes to gain experience participating in every step in the process of systematic biology, from field expeditions to bioinformatics. DeRaad is also passionate about the intersectionality of social and environmental justice, and specifically interested in remedying structural inequities in access to nature and science. As a graduate student, he hopes to integrate citizen science and undergraduate research projects into the work of the University of Kansas Museum of Natural History.
Mentor: Robert Moyle, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology