Scott F. Stoltenberg

  Scott got his PhD in 1995 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Psychology with a focus on behavior genetics. Stoltenberg then did a 3-year, NIAAA funded postdoctoral fellowship in human alcoholism genetics at the Addiction Research Center at the University of Michigan. He then joined the University of Michigan research faculty in the Psychiatry Department, where he continued to conduct research into the genetics of alcoholism, and was funded by a K01. In 2004 he took a teaching-oriented position at Black Hills State University before coming to UNL in 2009.  In 2013 he was promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure.  He is the chair of the department's Undergraduate Committee.


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Graduate Students

Grace Sullivan

  Grace Sullivan was born in Yankton, South Dakota and received her BS in biology and psychology from Buena Vista University in 2013. Grace's research focuses on the way individual differences and social experiences interact to predict well-being. She is currently working on her dissertation, investigating genetic variation in biological systems that may impact how people respond to their social environment.

Undergraduate Students

Andrew Ashby

  Andrew is a senior majoring in psychology. After graduating he aspires to attend graduate school in clinical psychology, with an emphasis on addiction etiology and treatment. He is married with 3 children, 2 girls and a boy. Andrew's interests led him to the Behavior Genetics lab, this is his second year working as an assistant.  

Adrianna Lobitz

 Adrianna is a senior from Mankato, Minnesota pursuing a degree in Psychology with minors in Biology and Humanities in Medicine. She plans to attend Physicians Assistant school and hopes to work in a neurology or cardiology unit one day in the future. On campus, she enjoys being involved in organizations such as Chi Omega and MEDLIFE. She loves to volunteer in the community at hospitals and in schools. This is her second year in the lab and first year with a UCARE grant and she looks forward to learning about and exploring behavior genetics. 

 Natalie Hansen

  Natalie is a Junior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Gerontology from Omaha, Nebraska. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, she plans on attending Physician Assistant school. She hopes to someday work in the Gerontology field of medicine. She enjoys volunteering at many different places here in Lincoln, and loves her job of being a CNA at a nursing home. She is excited to learn more about behavior genetics this semester and have her passion for science and psychology come together in one. This is her first research position.

Catie Jones

 Catie is a senior majoring in Psychology with minors in Art; Child, Youth, and Family Studies; and Biology. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue her interests in genetics and neuroscience. This is her second year in the Behavior Genetics Lab, and she is excited to explore new research projects to further her understanding of how biological systems interact with and influence individual variations in human behavior.

McKenna Rieker

 McKenna is a senior from Eustis, Nebraska and is majoring in Psychology with minors in Biology and Chemistry. After graduation, she plans to attend Physician Assistant school and hopes to specialize in emergency medicine or family practice medicine in the future. She enjoys volunteering and working at two hospitals in the community. This is her second year in the lab and first year with a UCARE grant and she looks forward to exploring her interest in behavior genetics.

Rachael Sisley

  Rachel  is a junior undergraduate student on the pre-health track with a psychology major and a literature minor, but also really enjoys chemistry. She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and has traveled around the country. Rachel plans to attend UNMC back home in Omaha and gain a doctoral degree in psychiatry. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her AOII sorority sisters, hiking, camping, and reading literature.  

Emily Wiatr

   She is a junior psychology major with an English minor. She plans on attending grad school after she graduates from UNL to pursue a career in trauma psychology. Along with the behavioral genetics lab, she is working in a trauma lab on campus. 

Former BGL members:

Tia Claps 
Breanne Travis
Sarah Kalhorn

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Christa Christ (Ph.D)
Bryan Arnold
Alicia Avitia
Lauren Bandel
Logan Beutler
Jeremy Bikah
Danielle Bittenbender
Jennifer Blake
Matthew Brady
Kym Caddell
Abby Cheesman
Tia Claps
Andrea Clark
Jameson Defreece
Ian Didier
Rachel Dorn
Allison Eckert
Troy Edmison
Brianna Harder
Sarah Hughes Bernheim
Elizabeth Jaensch
Sam Jensen
Sarah Kalhorn
Nathan Kavan
Daina Keehn
Jacob Kent
Zachary Kwapnoski
Jennie Laeng
Laura Laszkiewicz
Megan Manheim
Sara Mason
Du Nguyen
Alia Noetzel
Giana Novotny
Carmen Ochoa
Jenna Olson
Maisie O'Meara
Raymond Peitzmeier
Amy Proskovec
Karan Rai
Brittni Reifenrath
Olivia Reinert-Gehman
Marisa Ruwe
Jennifer Sedivy
Parker Segal
Hollie Smith
Katie Smith
Tyler Stading
Ashley Stelling
Christine Tack
Kelsey Tieken
Breanne Travis
Sidney Vandyke-Ries
Jessica Wright
Samantha Yong


Melissa Lehmann (M.S.)
Samantha Hersrud (M.S.)
Kelley Aline
Andy Altmeyer
Bryan Batien
Denis Birgenheir
Nathaniel Diede
Heidi Hankerson
Krista Highland
Natalie Lecy
Matthew Leubeck
Brett Montieth
Laura Nord
Amber Richter
Ben Roman
Ava Sauter
Hillary Schwab
Samantha Sharpe
Jeanie Stockland
Joanna Vandever
Charity Ward