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.
Insect communication, behavioral ecology and evolution
Evolution of elaborate parental care behaviors and mating systems in frogs
Anatomy, ecology and evolutionary biology of vertebrates
Influence of insect-associated microbes on host phenotype
Our research is broadly classified into three categories: animal communication, behavioral drive, and axes of divergence.
CRISPR/Cas-based gene editing in Daphnia system
Systems approaches to the study of aging in ecological settings.
Evolutionary and environmental genetics