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Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology Graduate Program Faculty

Participating faculty by respective track: Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, or Physiology.

Allen, Edith ( Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology). Plant ecology, restoration ecology: Effects of nitrogen deposition on native plant communities, restoration of native vegetation, importance of mycorrhizal fungi in native plant communities.

Allen, Michael (Professor of Biology, Professor of Plant Pathology, Director of the Center for Conservation Biology). Regulation of community and ecosystem processes by soil organisms with special emphasis on mycorrhizal fungi. Global change dynamics and structure of undisturbed areas; conservation and restoration of native ecosystems.

Anderson, Kurt (Assistant Professor of Biology). Quantitative population, community, and applied ecology with an emphasis on modeling spatial dynamics. Responses of organisms to spatial variation in streams and rivers, modeling spatially explicit consumer-resource interactions in terrestrial and aquatic systems, and data-driven modeling for conservation.

Baldwin, James (Professor of Nematology). Nematode evolution and exploration of relationships between morphological and molecular evolution through comparative reconstruction and developmental biology of character rich nematode structures.

Carde, Ring ( Distinguished Professor of Entomology). Chemical cues insects use to find and identify resources. Mechanisms and evolutionary forces mediating odor-mediated behaviors, including the chemistry and variation in these odors, how wind disperses odor plumes, role of plume structure in orientation, and the inputs modulating the orientation maneuvers used to locate odor sources.

Cardullo, Richard (Professor of Biology). Biophysics and physiology of fertilization, focusing on molecular interactions between sperm and egg: characterization of egg-associated proteins with complementary receptors on the sperm surface, dynamics of the sperm plasma membrane during fertilization, initiation and characterization of signal transduction pathways leading to the exocytosis of the acrosomal vesicle from sperm.

Chappell, Mark (Professor of Biology). Evolutionary and ecological physiology using a variety of organisms ranging from insects to birds and mammals. Major research topics include adaptation to temperature and high altitude, limits to energy metabolism, and the energy costs of activity in ecologically-relevant contexts.

Clark, Christopher (Assistant Professor of Biology -- starts 1 July 2013). Biomechanics and evolution of tonal feather sounds; relationships between organismal performance and behavioral ecology; phylogenetic analyses of character evolution; flight performance and energetics.

DeLey, Paul (Associate Professor of Nematology). Ecology, phylogeny and taxonomy of nematodes, with particular emphasis on the behavioral, molecular and morphological differences between closely related species.

Droser, Mary (Professor of Earth Sciences). Evolutionary paleoecology, ichnology, the Pre-Cambrian-Cambrian Ordovician radiations, Phanerozoic trends in ecospace utilization, Cambrian and Ordovician of the Great Basin.

Ellstrand, Norm (Professor of Botany & Plant Sciences). The significance of gene flow as an evolutionary force. Applied plant population genetics: (a) gene flow and hybridization as factors in the evolution of increased invasiveness, (b) consequences of unintentional gene flow from domesticated plants to their relatives, and (c) positive and negative impacts of genetically engineered crops, especially with regard to unintentional transgene flow.

Fairbairn, Daphne (Professor of Biology). Evolutionary biology, with emphasis on quantitative genetics, migration, natural selection, mating behavior, and sexual selection and sexual dimorphism in size and morphology.

Garland, Theodore, Jr. (Professor of Biology). Evolutionary biology and physiology, with emphasis on the evolution of complex phenotypes; experimental evolution of running behavior and performance in mice; development and application of phylogenetic comparative methods to a variety of evolutionary questions; developoment of free software; lizard and snake locomotor physiology and behavioral ecology

Gatesy, John (Associate Professor of Biology). Biodiversity and the evolutionary processes that produce it; phylogenetic reconstruction, the inferences that can be made using modern systematic techniques, and development of new methods for the analysis of comparative data.

Hammond, Kim (Associate Professor of Biology). Animal physiological ecology and evolutionary physiology, especially the manner in which individuals or species use variation in anatomical and physiological capacities to meet diverse environmental demands.

Hare, Dan (Professor of Entomology). Evolution and ecology of plant-herbivore and plant-herbivore-natural enemy interactions.

Hayashi, Cheryl (Professor of Biology). The evolution of spider silks across many levels of biological integration, from the molecular genetics of silk genes to protein sequences of different types of silk to biomechanical and functional properties of the final product.

Heraty, John (Professor of Entomology). Morphological and molecular systematics of Chalcidoidea cladistic methodology; biological control evolutionary biology.

Higham, Timothy (Assistant Professor of Biology). How animals function mechanically and physiologically in their environments, with emphasis on the biomechanics, muscle physiology and functional morphology of locomotion and feeding in vertebrates. Since physiological mechanisms have been modified over major evolutionary transitions in vertebrate ecology, mechanical analyses are coupled with evolutionary and ecological perspectives. Several aspects of the research are relevant to biomedical physiology.

Hughes, Nigel (Professor of Earth Sciences). Field and specimen based approaches to questions of evolutionary mechanism in the early Phanerozoic. Trilobite paleobiology. Lower Paleozoic paleogeography and tectonics (particularly the early Paleozoic history of India and the peri-Gondwanan region), shape restoration of deformed fossils, trace fossil paleobiology, and clastic sedimentology/stratigraphy.

Jennerette, Darrell (Assitant Professor of Botany and Plant Science). Ecological scaling coupled biogeochemical cycles, terrestrial-aquatic linkages, ecosystem responses to altered precipitation regimes, societal-biophysical interactions.

Lee, Sang-Hee (Associate Professor of Anthropology). Evolution of human morphological variation, and how different mechanisms (such as taxonomy, sex, age, and time) explain what is observed in fossil data.

Luck, Bob (Professor of Entomology). Behavioral and evolutionary ecology, biological control, population dynamics, forest entomology, pest management.

Maslov, Dmitri (Associate Professor of Biology). Mitochondrial gene expression in kinetoplastid protozoa, including molecular biology; evolution and parasitology; evolution of kinetoplast DNA and RNA editing; and biodiversity of trypanosomatids, using molecular phylogenetic tools.

Nunney, Len (Professor of Biology). Population and evolutionary genetics, with an emphasis on the application of basic theory to practical problems. Projects include: the population genetics of small conserved populations, the population genetics of cancer, detecting adaptation using genomic data, molecular evolution of Xylella fastidiosa, the role of genetic trade-offs in life history evolution.

Paine, Tim (Professor of Entomology). Biology and ecology of introduced insects in urban environments; interactions of host suitability, host species susceptibility, and natural enemies on insect population biology; pheromone communication systems of bark beetles; interactions between mycorrhizal fungus colonization of plants and the herbivore populations, and the influence of ozone and nitrogen deposition on arthropod communities associated with black oak, ponderosa pine, and bracken fern.

Platzer, Edward (Professor of Nematology; joint appointment with Biology). Physiological, cellular, and molecular mechanisms in parasite-host interactions involving nematodes,the nature of surface changes and other factors essential for entrance of the nematode into the host, development of a comprehensive evolutionary history of mermithid nematodes in North America.

Razak, Khaleel A. (Assistant Professor of Psychology). Development of auditory and visual systems, vocalization processing, sound localization and echolocation behaviors, visual motion processing.

Redak, Rick (Professor of Entomology). Plant-insect interactions, conservation biology, community ecology, pest management of commercial floricultural and ornamental plants.

Regan, Helen (Assistant Professor of Biology). Quantitative conservation ecology and probabilistic risk assessment, mathematical treatments of uncertainty and decision-making techniques to address conservation management issues.

Reznick, David (Professor of Biology).Process of evolution by natural selection explored from an experimental perspective, testing evolutionary theory in natural populations. Guppies from the Caribbean Island of Trinidad are the primary study system, with particular emphasis on the role of predation in the evolution of life history traits, the rate of evolution under natural selection, and the evolution of aging.

Roff, Derek (Professor of Biology). Theoretical and empirical studies of population and quantitative genetics, life-history, and the importance of trade-offs in shaping life history evolution. Current research focuses on insects (especially the importance of trade-offs in determining the evolution of wing dimorphism in various species of crickets) as model systems.

Sachs, Joel (Associate Professor of Biology). Evolution and ecology of symbiotic microbes, evolution of beneficial bacteria & origins of harmful strains, the evolution and breakdown of mutualistic interactions.

Saltzman, Wendy (Associate Professor of Biology). Behavioral endocrinology, especially the bidirectional interactions between hormones and social behavior in mammals. Research emphases include regulation of fertility and endocrine function by the social environment, and interactions between stress and reproductive behaviors.

Santiago, Louis (Assistant Professor of Botany and Plant Science). Employ a variety of plant physiological techniques, stable isotopes, modeling, phylogenetic analyses, and statistical approaches to understand the ecological implications of the connection between plants and their environment.

Springer, Mark (Professor of Biology). Molecular evolution and molecular systematics, with an emphasis on the use of molecules to unravel mammalian evolutionary history. Examples include: phylogenetic relationships among the orders of mammals, mammalian molecular clocks, the biogeographic history of mammals in relation to plate tectonic events, reconstructing character transformations for key innovations in mammalian history, the evolution of bats, including the origin of echolocation.

Stouthamer, Richard (Professor of Entomology). Symbionts and sex ratio distortion in insects; the use of molecular techniques to study population genetics, identification of cryptic species, biotypes and their origin.

Visscher, Kirk (Associate Professor of Entomology). Social behavior and ecology of social insects, role and management of bees in agriculture, evolution of social behavior.

Walton, Bill (Professor of Entomology). IPM of vector and pest arthropods particularly mosquitoes, biogeography of freshwater flora and fauna, trophic interactions of freshwater food webs.


Last updated 19 March 2013 by TG