Faculty Leadership

Karen Sears EEB Department Chair
Greg Grether Vice Chair of Personnel
Lawren Sack Vice Chair of Undergraduate Studies
Nathan Kraft Vice Chair of Graduate Studies


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Michael Alfaro vertebrate diversification and macroevolution (especially coral reef fishes), functional and evolutionary morphology, comparative methods, phylogenetics
Priyanga Amarasekare
Mechanisms of diversity maintenance in variable environments
Paul Barber Evolution of conservation of marine biodiversity, Coral reefs, Evolutionary and population genetics, Natural selection and adaptation.
Daniel Blumstein The evolution of behavior and the integration of behavior and conservation biology.
Donald Buth Ichthyology; parasitology, phylogenetic systematics, population structure of lower vertebrates
Shane Campbell-Staton
Peggy Fong Marine ecology of coastal ecosystems.
Nandita Garud Population genetics; evolution in natural populations with a current focus on the microbiome.
Malcolm Gordon Comparative ecological physiology of lower vertebrates, with emphasis on fish locomotion
Gregory Grether Causes and consequences of aggression and reproductive interference between species; character displacement; species recognition; evolution of coloration; the role of phenotypic plasticity in evolution; animal behavior
David Jacobs Evolution/Development of Invertebrate Body Plans, Paleobiology and Marine Speciation
Peter Kareiva
Nathan Kraft Plant community ecology, with an emphasis on functional and phylogenetic approaches to understanding community assembly and species coexistence; tropical forest dynamics; biogeography and the assembly of regional biotas.
James Lloyd-Smith Ecological and evolutionary dynamics of infectious diseases; emerging pathogens and zoonoses; host population heterogeneities; integration of dynamics across scales.
Kirk E. Lohmueller Population genetics; Statistical methods in evolutionary and medical genetics; genetic variation data
Glen MacDonald Glen M Sproul dit MacDonald works on issues of climate change and ecological and societal responses.
Peter Narins Auditory Behavior, Neurophysiology and Mechanics
Barbara Natterson
Peter Nonacs Behavioral ecology and social evolution, using both theoretical and experimental approaches.
Noa Pinter-Wollman The emergence of collective behavior from variation and interactions among system components.
Lawren Sack Ecology and physiology of plant species coexistence. Hydraulics of plant water transport. Evolution and functional consequences of diversity in leaf size, shape and venation. Forest dynamics and ecohydrology. Conservation physiology.
Van Savage Effects of climate on ecological systems; species interactions; evolutionary dynamics; mathematical biology; biological scaling in relation to thermal responses, vascular systems, sleep, and tumor growth
Barney Schlinger Steroid hormone synthesis and action in birds; hormonal control of brain and behavior in tropical bird species
Karen Sears Developmental and evolutionary biology of mammals
H. Bradley Shaffer
Thomas Smith Evolutionary ecology, speciation, and conservation of vertebrates, especially in the tropics.
Victoria Sork Ecological, evolutionary, and conservation genomics of tree populations; evolutionary biology and conservation science of oaks; phylogeography; hybridization and introgression; molecular ecology of pollen and seed dispersal.
Blaire Van Valkenburgh Paleobiology, ecology, and functional morphology of vertebrates
Robert Wayne Application of molecular genetic techniques to questions in systematics, population genetics, sociobiology and conservation
Pamela Yeh Adaptation to novel environments; evolution of drug resistance in bacteria; urban ecology and evolution
Felipe Zapata Systematics and evolutionary biology; plant biology; quantitative taxonomy; macroevolution; phylogenetic comparative functional genomics; tropical biology