vertebrate diversification and macroevolution (especially coral reef fishes), functional and evolutionary morphology, comparative methods, phylogenetics
Mechanisms of diversity maintenance in variable environments
Evolution of conservation of marine biodiversity, Coral reefs, Evolutionary and population genetics, Natural selection and adaptation.
The evolution of behavior and the integration of behavior and conservation biology.
Ichthyology; parasitology, phylogenetic systematics, population structure of lower vertebrates
Marine ecology of coastal ecosystems.
Comparative ecological physiology of lower vertebrates, with emphasis on fish locomotion
Patricia Adair Gowaty
Evolutionary ecology, evolution of behavior, sexual behavior, mating systems, sexual conflict, parental behavior, maternal effects, developmental plasticity, sex allocation, genetic parentage, ornithology
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
Community ecology; biodiversity
Evolution/Development of Invertebrate Body Plans, Paleobiology and Marine Speciation
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.
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
I am interested in the relationship between climatic variations and vegetation response at different spatial and temporal scales.
Auditory Behavior, Neurophysiology and Mechanics
Professor and Department Chair
Behavioral ecology and social evolution, using both theoretical and experimental approaches.
The emergence of collective behavior from variation and interactions among system components.
Adaptations of plants to environmental stress, focusing on mediterranean, desert, and tropical ecosystems; applications of environmental sensor arrays for ecological research
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.
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
Steroid hormone synthesis and action in birds; hormonal control of brain and behavior in tropical bird species
H. Bradley Shaffer
Evolutionary and conservation biology of amphibians and reptiles
Evolutionary ecology, speciation, and conservation of vertebrates, especially in the tropics.
Professor and Dean of Life Sciences
Genetics and genomics of tree populations; molecular ecology of plants; conservation biology
Blaire Van Valkenburgh
Paleobiology, ecology, and functional morphology of vertebrates
Application of molecular genetic techniques to questions in systematics, population genetics, sociobiology and conservation
Adaptation to novel environments; evolution of drug resistance in bacteria; urban ecology and evolution
Systematics and evolutionary biology; plant biology; quantitative taxonomy; phylogenetics; comparative evolutionary genomics; tropical biology
Cheryl Ann Zimmer
Population ecology of marine organisms, especially the role of hydrodynamic processes
Ecology and sensory biology of aquatic organisms; chemical signals and communication
Lecturers and Adjunct Faculty
Carlos De La Rosa
Research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center
Ecology of fire-prone ecosystems and alien plants that invade these systems.
Ecology and conservation of wildlife in fragmented urban landscapes.
My current researches have two broad focuses: 1, evolution, systematics, and phylogeny of fossil carnivorans (meat-eating mammals) in Cenozoic and. 2, Geology and vertebrate paleontology of Tibetan Plateau.
Molecular biological approaches to the study of evolution.
Community structure, determinants of diversity, density and distribution, interspecific interactions and adaptive morpho
Insect physiology, insect and invertebrate endocrinology.
Elma GonzalezProfessor Emerita
Cell and molecular biology of calcification in coccolithophorid algae.
Behavior of oceanic animals, emphasizing in situ observations at sea.
The evolutionary ecology and biodiversity of Neotropical wet forest insects.
J. Lee Kavanau
Origin, evolution, and functions of sleep; memory maintenance and mental disorders, early avian evolution
Ecological physiology of terrestrial vertebrates, especially desert reptiles.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Plant physiological ecology, especially agaves and cacti
avian bioacoustics; adaptive sensor arrays; artificial life
Marine, Theoretical, and Restoration Ecology
Plant physiology and photobiology; with emphasis in stomatal function.
Postdocs and Research Faculty
Jamie Diamond Ashander
Landscape Genomics Of And Conservation Plan For Amphibians Of The Santa Monica Mountains
Mark Andrew Elvin
Emily Elizabeth Curd Guswa
Conducting Sampling, Dna Extraction, Sequencing And Analysis Of Environmental Dna Samples From Sediment And Soil In California
Inference Of The Parameters Of The Distribution Of Fitness Effects Across Multiple Species And The Inference Of Dominance
Edmund Robert Hunt
Evan M Mccartney-melstad
Understanding The Dynamics Of Leptospirosis Interrogans Serovar Pomona In California Sea Lions
Elizabeth Anne Roth-johnson
Research The Roles Of The Actin Nucleators, Spire And Cappuccino
Alex Dale Rygg
Computational Modeling Of Airflow And Olfaction In Models Of The Canine Nasal Cavity Reconstructed From Medial Image Data
Daniel Joseph Wieczynski
Population Genetics Of European Newt Hybrid Zones As They Move Through Space And Time
Demian Alexander Willette
Research In The Areas Of Phylogeography And Genetic Connectivity Of Marine Species
Analysis Of Genomic Data In Non-model Systems In Africa