Studies in evolution in the Division of Biological Sciences address a range of evolutionary processes at multiple levels of organization and using a wide array of approaches, including genetics, genomics, computation, field studies, advanced imaging, phylogenomics, and behavioral experiments. Research topics include chromosome evolution, evolution of communication, evolution of novel traits, molecular evolution, phylogeography, and community and population dynamics. Research in this area benefits from several campus core research facilities, state-of-the-art laboratories, walk-in acoustic chambers, climate-controlled chambers, and an artificial pond facility.


Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences

Chromosome evolution and function in plants and fruit fly

Professor of Biological Sciences

Insect communication, behavioral ecology and evolution

Preparing Future Faculty Postdoctoral Fellow

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

Preparing Future Faculty Postdoctoral Fellow
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Genomic approaches to the study of life history evolution

Professor of Biological Sciences; Director of Graduate Studies

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

Professor of Biological Sciences

Genetic regulation of meristem function in plants

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Vertebrate musculoskeletal physiology, form, and function

Assistant Professor

Systems approaches to the study of aging in ecological settings.

Professor of Biological Sciences

Evolution and neuroethology of acoustic communication systems in insects and amphibians

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences; Principal Investigator, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Determining how transposable elements become epigenetically silenced