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


Ph.D. student in Population Biology at UC Davis

University of California, Davis, Population Biology Graduate Group
NRT Sustainable Oceans Cohort Member
Advisor: Dr. Rachael Bay

B.S. in Biology with a minor in Genetics and Cell Biology from Washington State University

Washington State University Honor’s College
2019 Outstanding Student of the Year Award in Biology
Cumulative GPA: 3.75, Summa Cum Laude Graduate, Dean’s list all semesters.
Thesis title: “ The Evolution of Plastic Expression as an Explanation of Invasion Success”
Advisor: Dr. Mark Dybdahl

Graduated in 2015 from Ponderosa High School in Parker, CO

Top 25% of class, cumulative GPA: 4.1



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