Studies in ecology in the Division of Biological Sciences span scales from genes to landscapes, explore a diverse array of organisms, and employ an extensive array of approaches. Areas of particular interest include evolution of communication, speciation, population genetics, habitat fragmentation, and conservation management. Studies cover a range of organisms, from plants and insects to birds and elephants, in laboratory studies and in natural habitats across the world. They combine theoretical modeling with field and laboratory studies. Research in this area benefits from a larger, interdisciplinary Conservation Biology certification program.


Assistant Teaching Professor

Biology Education

Professor of Biological Sciences

Insect communication, behavioral ecology and evolution

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Evolution of elaborate parental care behaviors and mating systems in frogs

Associate Professor of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

Anatomy, ecology and evolutionary biology of vertebrates

Research Molecular Biologist, USDA-ARS

Influence of insect-associated microbes on host phenotype

Professor of Biological Sciences; Director of Graduate Studies

Our research is broadly classified into three categories: animal communication, behavioral drive, and axes of divergence.

Postdoctoral Fellow - Xu Lab

CRISPR/Cas-based gene editing in Daphnia system

Assistant Professor

Systems approaches to the study of aging in ecological settings.

Preparing Future Faculty for Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow

Patterns and consequences of animal sociality

Preparing Future Faculty for Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow

Interspecific interactions in community modulation

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Evolutionary and environmental genetics