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 interdisciplinary graduate research programs, including Genetics & Genomics, Neuroscience, Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences, and Ecology & Evolutionary 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

Blackmon Profile | Blackmon Lab page

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

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Mahul Chakraborty

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Molecular basis of phenotypic variation and adaptation, Role of repetitive genome in evolution of sexual dimorphism and sexual conflict

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

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Animal cytogenetics and evolution

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Alex Keene

Keene Profile | Keene Lab Website

Neural regulation of behavior in flies and fish models

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Rachel Moran

Moran Profile | Moran Lab Website

Local adaptation and speciation in fishes. Genetic basis of convergently evolved traits. Behavior, genomics, neurogenomics.

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William Murphy

Murphy Profile | Murphy Lab Website

Phylogenomics, Comparative Genomics, Sex Chromosomes, Cats, Mammals

Daniel Paredes-Sabja

Paredes-Sabja Profile | Paredes-Sabja Lab Website

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

Alan Pepper

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Environmental regulation of development in Arabidopsis thaliana

Michael Smotherman

Smotherman Profile | Smotherman Lab Webpage

Neurobiology of animal communication: sensory-motor integration

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Marie Strader

Strader Profile | Strader Lab Website

Evolutionary drivers of resiliency, molecular ecology, marine invertebrates

Mary Wicksten

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