My name is Madison Armstrong and I am a first year PhD student in the Population Biology Graduate group at University of California, Davis working with Dr. Rachael Bay. I am broadly interested in adaptation, urban evolution and environmental influence on the genome and epigenome. More specifically, I am interested in how marine invertebrates adapt to human-induced environmental change such as pollution or other anthropogenic stressors in urban environments. I then hope to provide my research findings to the public and policymakers alike to increase understanding of human impact on the environment.

Bay Lab Website
Population Biology Graduate Group Website
Sustainable Oceans NRT Program Website



Graduated in 2015 from Ponderosa High School in Parker, CO

Top 25% of class, cumulative GPA: 4.1

Graduated in May 2019 from Washington State University

B.S. in Biology with Specialization in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology with a minor in Genetics and Cell Biology.
Cumulative GPA: 3.75, Summa Cum Laude and Dean's list 8 out of 8 semesters

PhD Student in Population Biology at UC Davis

PI: Dr. Rachael Bay
Sustainable Oceans Program member



R Programming

Data Collection and Analysis

Grant/Scientific Writing

Experiment Development and Design