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

Seasonal migration, Behavioural Genomics

Ira Greenbaum

Greenbaum Profile

Animal cytogenetics and evolution

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

Gil Rosenthal

Rosenthal Profile

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

Schartl Profile

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

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