College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

Our groups study practical and theoretical aspects of the conservation of species, and conduct long-term studies of interactions between species, the impact of climate change and of natural disasters.



Faculty & Research Interests

Gerald Borgia, Professor; Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1978. Evolution of mate choice; social structure and patterns of aid-giving behavior; sociobiology.

Karen Carleton, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1987. Evolution of visual systems, visual communication and speciation, phototransduction, sensory genomics.

Michael P. Cummings , Associate Professor; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1992. Molecular evolution, bioinformatics, computational biology.

Michele R. Dudash, Professor; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1987. Plant population biology; inbreeding depression; mating system evolution.

William Fagan, Professor; Ph.D., University of Washington, 1996. Conservation Biology, Community Ecology, Theoretical Ecology.

Charles B. Fenster, Professor; Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1988. Plant evolution biology; mating systems; epistasis

Douglas E. Gill, Professor Emeritus; Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1971. Population dynamics; evolution of life-history parameters; host-parasite coevolution; plant-animal interactions.

Richard Highton, Professor Emeritus; Ph.D., University of Florida, 1956. Systematics and molecular evolution of plethodontid salamanders.

David W. Inouye, Professor; Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1976. Plant demography; plant-ant mutualisms; behavior and ecology of bumblebees; pollination biology.

Nathan Kraft, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2008. 

Thomas D. Kocher, Professor: Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1986; Molecular evolution, population genetics, evolution of development, genetics of speciation, evolution of sex determination.

Carlos A. Machado, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, Ph.D., 1998. Evolutionary genetics and genomics, the process of species divergence, plant-insect coevolution.

Karen R. Lips, Associate Professorand Director, CONS Graduate Program; Ph.D, University of Miami, 1995. 

Kennedy Paynter, Research Associate Professor and Director, MEES Graduate Program; Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1985. Invertebrate biology; comparative physiology; biochemistry; restoration ecology.

Marjorie L. Reaka , Professor; Ph.D., Berkeley, 1975. Coral reef ecology; ecology and behavior of mantis shrimp; evolutionary ecology of life-history patterns in Crustacea.

Sara Via, Professor; Ph.D., Duke University, 1983. Evolutionary biology, evolutionary and ecological genetics, coevolution, population biology.

Gerald S. Wilkinson, Professor and Chair; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1984. Behavioral ecology and evolution; social behavior and communication in bats; sexual selection and morphological evolution in stalk-eyed flies.