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.
Chromosome evolution and function in plants and fruit fly
Insect communication, behavioral ecology and evolution
Evolution of elaborate parental care behaviors and mating systems in frogs
Stress response of bacteria at the host-pathogen interface
Anatomy, ecology and evolutionary biology of vertebrates
Genomic approaches to the study of life history evolution
Our research is broadly classified into three categories: animal communication, behavioral drive, and axes of divergence.
Genetic regulation of meristem function in plants
Vertebrate musculoskeletal physiology, form, and function
CRISPR/Cas-based gene editing in Daphnia system
Systems approaches to the study of aging in ecological settings.
Evolution and neuroethology of acoustic communication systems in insects and amphibians
Determining how transposable elements become epigenetically silenced
Evolutionary and environmental genetics