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

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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

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

 

Charles Criscione

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Ecology, evolution, and genetics of parasites

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Kira Delmore

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Seasonal migration, Behavioural Genomics

Ira Greenbaum

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Animal cytogenetics and evolution

Steve Lockless

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Information flow through biological systems; substrate recognition and signal integration

 

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Duncan MacKenzie

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

 

Alan Pepper

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Environmental regulation of development in Arabidopsis thaliana

Gil Rosenthal

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Evolution and ecology of animal communication; mate choice and evolutionary genetics in Mexican freshwater fishes; visual ecology and evolution of neotropical reef fishes

Manfred Schartl

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Pigment cell biology and genetics; molecular biology of melanoma; oncogenic function of receptor tyrosine kinases; evolution and molecular biology of sex determination; gene and genome evolution

Deborah Siegele

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

Michael Smotherman

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Neurobiology of animal communication: sensory-motor integration

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Mary Wicksten

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