Research

Research in the Department of Biology spans the entire breadth of biology: from ecology and evolution to molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. Our research is supported by a wide array of funding sources, including NIH, NSF and the Welch Foundation.

Many departmental faculty members actively participate in campus-wide interdepartmental graduate and research programs, including Genetics, Neuroscience, Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences, and the newly formed faculty of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavioral Biology.

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Joseph Bernardo

Bernardo Profile

Cryptic speciation; evolution of reproductive isolation; body size evolution; species packing and community assembly; range determinants; comparative physiological ecology; integrative evolutionary ecology

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Heath Blackmon

Blackmon Profile | Blackmon Lab page

Evolutionary genetics and genomics using both theoretical and empirical approaches. Empirical methods used include bioinformatics, phylogenetics, quantitative genetics.

Charles Criscione

Criscione Profile | Criscione Lab Website

Ecology, evolution, and genetics of parasites

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Kira Delmore

Delmore Profile | Delmore Lab Webpage

Hybridization, speciation, and behavioral genomics

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Courtney Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick Profile | Fitzpatrick Lab Webpage

Trait evolution in animals, mathematical modeling of evolution, behavioral ecology, social and sexual selection, non-invasive field techniques

Ira Greenbaum

Greenbaum Profile

Animal cytogenetics and evolution

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Alex Keene

Keene Profile | Keene Lab Website

Neural regulation of behavior in flies and fish models

Steve Lockless

Lockless Profile | Lockless Lab Website

Electrical and motile properties of microorganisms; Information content in genomes

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Duncan MacKenzie

MacKenzie Profile

Comparative endocrinology of reproduction and thyroid function in fish, amphibians, and reptiles

Daniel Paredes-Sabja

Paredes-Sabja Profile

Molecular mechanisms of C. difficile pathogenesis and exosporium-assembly of C. difficile spores

Alan Pepper

Pepper Profile

Environmental regulation of development in Arabidopsis thaliana

Deborah Siegele

Siegele Profile

Stress survival by the bacterium E. coli, development of an ontology of microbial phenotypes

Michael Smotherman

Smotherman Profile | Smotherman Lab Webpage

Neurobiology of animal communication: sensory-motor integration

Mary Wicksten

Wicksten Profile

Adaptive coloration of marine invertebrates; distribution, behavior, and classification of eastern Pacific Decapoda Crustacea