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Bolnick, Daniel
Associate Professor

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Work on my lab is focused on the following themes: 1. What is the genetic, immunological, and ecological basis of host adaptation to spatially heterogeneous parasite communities? This work includes field experiments … Read More Daniel Bolnick

Bronson, Franklin H.
Professor
Director, Institute for Reproductive Biology
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Dr. Bronson's research focuses on the environmental regulation of mammalian reproduction. He is interested in the kinds of envionmental factors that can regulate reproduction and the neuroendocrine pathways that … Read More Franklin H. Bronson

Bull, James J.
Johann Friedrich Miescher Regents Professor in Molecular Biology

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Evolutionary genetics from the molecular to the phenotypic levels comprises the bulk of my research. Specific topics include the evolution of engineered genomes, microbial drug resistance, and adaptation addressed … Read More James J. Bull

Cannatella, David C.
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Curator of Herpetology, Texas Natural History Collections
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Dr. Cannatella and students in his lab study the evolution of amphibians. Some areas of interest are the higher-level phylogeny of amphibians, biodiversity of Neotropical frogs, signal evolution in frog mating … Read More David C. Cannatella

Chen, Z. Jeffrey
D. J. Sibley Centennial Professor in Plant Molecular Genetics

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We study genetic and epigenetic mechanisms for gene expression changes in polyploids. Polyploidy, or whole-genome duplication (WGD), is an evolutionary innovation for all eukaryotes including some animals and many … Read More Z. Jeffrey Chen

Crews, David
Ashbel Smith Professor of Integrative Biology, and Psychology

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One of my research programs focuses on sex determination as a case study in how evolution has produced very different mechanisms for achieving the same end. Here I take advantage of the fact that in many reptiles … Read More David  Crews

Cummings, Molly
Associate Professor

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My research focuses on the external and internal mechanisms that drive biodiversity in animal communication traits. I combine environmental measures, behavioral experiments in the lab, and molecular approaches … Read More Molly Cummings

Daniels, Michael
Professor

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My research focuses on Bayesian methods for Biostatistics. Current methodological problems including inference for incomplete (missing data), causal inference, and inference for dependence structures. Collaborative … Read More Michael Daniels

Fowler, Norma
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My students and I are currently pursuing a variety of questions in several areas of plant population biology and plant ecology. These areas include (1) the dynamics and regulation of plant populations; (2) competitive … Read More Norma Fowler

Fuiman, Lee A.
Professor
Integrative Biology and Dept of Marine Science
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The past few decades have seen the biology of fish larvae blossom into an exciting field of research. These tiny, usually transparent early life stages had been neglected because of the difficulties in collecting, … Read More Lee A. Fuiman

Gilbert, Larry
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Director, Brackenridge Field Laboratory
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Dr. Gilbert's current research ranges from the analysis of coevolved traits of insects and plants to experimental population dynamics and developmental genetics of mimetic color patterns in Heliconius butterflies. … Read More Larry Gilbert

Gutell, Robin
Professor in Integrative Biology

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The remarkable advances in Nucleic Acid sequencing and Computer technology is transforming Biology to a new level of understanding. We are now attempting to understand many biological and biochemical processes, … Read More

Robin Gutell

Hawkes, Christine
Associate Professor

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Research in the Hawkes Lab is focused on a mechanistic understanding of how plant-microbe interactions affect community and ecosystem processes. We explore how these relationships are influenced by alterations  … Read More Christine Hawkes

Hillis, David
Alfred W. Roark Centennial Professor In Natural Sciences
Director, Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
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Evolutionary biology provides a conceptual framework for understanding patterns of molecular diversity. For instance, phylogenetic analyses have permeated most fields of molecular biology in recent years, from  … Read More David Hillis

Hofmann, Hans A.
Associate Professor
ICMB Fellow
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The research in Dr. Hofmann's laboratory seeks to understand the molecular and hormonal mechanisms that underlie social behavior and its evolution. African cichlid fishes are an ideal model system to address these … Read More Hans A. Hofmann

Jansen, Robert
Sidney F. and Doris Blake Centennial Professor In Systematic Botany and the Blake Collection

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My primary research interests involve the determination of phylogenetic relationships among plants and the evolution of the chloroplast genome. Research in my lab is concentrated in three areas: (1) organization … Read More Robert Jansen

Jha, Shalene


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Broadly, my research interests include landscape genetics, population ecology, conservation biology, and foraging ecology. More specifically, I am interested in examining how global land use change influences gene … Read More Shalene Jha

Juenger, Thomas
Associate Professor, Integrative Biology
Ph.D.
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My research focuses on the interface of ecological and evolutionary processes in natural plant populations. I am generally interested in phenotypic evolution, and have studied a number of systems over the course … Read More Thomas Juenger

Keitt, Timothy
Associate Professor

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My research addresses broadly the structure and dynamics of ecological systems. The major question of my research program is how can we use modeling to scale-up microecological mechanisms related to individual  … Read More Timothy Keitt

Kirkpatrick, Mark A.
Professor

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How does evolution generate the fantastic diversity we see in nature? Our lab studies this question from a genetic perspective. My work uses mathematical models and develops statistical tools to test hypotheses. … Read More Mark A. Kirkpatrick

Leibold, Mathew
Professor

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The field of ecology, and from my perspective especially the fields of community and ecosystem ecology, are in a state of tremendous and exciting change. In part this is due to improved methods and theories that … Read More Mathew Leibold

Levin, Donald A.
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Associate Editor, Evolutionary Ecology
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Dr. Levin's research is currently focused on the function and dynamics of the breeding system in annual species of Phlox. This entails analyses of gene flow via pollen within and among populations, documentation … Read More Donald A. Levin

Linder, C. Randal
Associate Professor

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My research focuses on three areas: the evolution of complex character traits in a phylogenetic context, the genetic architecture of species, and genetic maternal effects in seeds. I use modern molecular techniques, … Read More C. Randal Linder

Matz, Mikhail
Assistant Professor, Integrative Biology

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We are an ecological genomics lab working predominantly with reef-building corals. Our main research projects are: (1) Adaptive genetic variation in reef-building corals. We use genetics and genomics to discover … Read More Mikhail Matz

Mauseth, James D.
Professor

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Research in my lab centers on evolution of morphogenic mechanisms and structure. We use cacti as model organisms because the family contains a great amount of structural/developmental diversity and because the  … Read More James D. Mauseth

Meyers, Lauren Ancel
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The Meyers lab works on problems at the interface of evolution and epidemiology. We are simultaneously pursuing projects in two areas. They are applying network theory, agent-based simulation, and other quantitative … Read More Lauren Ancel Meyers

Moran, Nancy
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Symbioses between animals and microbes have evolved many times, and have been a major influence on macroevolutionary patterns of diversification as well as short-term evolution within host populations. My lab group … Read More Nancy Moran

Mueller, Ulrich
W.M. Wheeler Lost Pines Professor in Integrative Biology

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The Mueller lab studies evolution of organismal interactions, particularly evolution of social conflict & cooperation and evolution of mutualisms. Current research focuses on the behavior and coevolution between … Read More Ulrich Mueller

Ochman, Howard
Professor

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We apply experimental, comparative and computational approaches to investigate the factors contributing to the evolution of bacterial genomes and microbial communities. Some of our current projects investigate: 1. … Read More Howard Ochman

Panero, Jose L.
Associate Professor
Assistant Director, Plant Resources Center
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As a plant systematist, Dr. Panero is interested in the distribution, diversity, and evolution of flowering plants. His research focuses on the elucidation of phylogenetic relationships among Neotropical members … Read More Jose L. Panero

Parmesan, Camille
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Parmesan's early research focused on multiple aspects of population biology, including the ecology, evolution and behaviors of insect/plant interactions. For the past several years, the focus of her work has been … Read More Camille Parmesan

Phelps, Steven
Associate Professor

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The lab employs a diverse array of approaches, ranging from computational models to the molecular analysis of gene expression. This work is strongly anchored in empirical studies of animal behavior in both the  … Read More Steven Phelps

Pianka, Eric R.
Denton A. Cooley Centennial Professor

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My interests are ever changing but have included population and community ecology, evolutionary ecology, natural history of desert lizards, resource partitioning, reproductive tactics, foraging theory, allocation, … Read More Eric R. Pianka

Press, William
Professor of Computer Sciences and Integrative Biology
Warren J. and Viola M. Raymer Chair
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My work is in computational biology, especially whole-genome studies. My collaborators and I develop and test new algorithms for finding and characterizing functional sequence, and for understanding evolutionary … Read More William  Press

Ryan, Michael J.
Clark Hubbs Regents Professor in Zoology

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Dr. Ryan studies animal behavior. Most of his work has addressed sexual selection and communication in frogs and fish. He is especially interested in integrating an understanding of the mechanisms of communication … Read More Michael J. Ryan

Sarkar, Sahotra
Professor, Ph.D.
Integrative Biology and Philosophy
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The major thrust of our research is in systematic biodiversity conservation and restoration planning, in particular, the design of conservation area networks. However, we are interested in all areas of computational … Read More Sahotra Sarkar

Simpson, Beryl B.
C. L. Lundell Professor

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Dr. Simpson's laboratory is engaged in an array of studies that deal with the phylogeny and biogeography of various angiosperm groups. Taxonomic groups range from monocots to the Asteraceae. Most biogeographic  … Read More Beryl B. Simpson

Theriot, Ed
Jane and Roland Blumberg Centennial Professor of Molecular Evolution
Director, Texas Memorial Museum
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I study the evolution of diatoms in the context of earth history. My taxonomic focus is the diatom family Thalassiosiraceae, a family of marine and freshwater diatoms. There appears to have been a major invasion … Read More Ed Theriot

Thomas, Peter
Professor, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, Marine Sci Institute
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My research interests are the endocrine control of reproduction in fishes and other vertebrates and the effects of environmental factors such as hypoxia and pollutants on reproductive function. Research is conducted … Read More Peter Thomas

Villareal, Tracy
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My research interests are in understanding the processes and interactions that structure phytoplankton communities. I have two major research areas: the autecology of the oceanic species that represent the largest … Read More Tracy Villareal

Wilke, Claus
Professor in Integrative Biology

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I am a computational biologist. I use bioinformatical and statistical methods to analyze biological data sets, in particular whole-genome and high-throughput data sets; I also develop mathematical models and … Read More

Claus Wilke

Zakon, Harold
Professor in Neuroscience

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Ion channels are fundamental for the workings of the nervous system. We study the function, regulation, and evolution of voltage-dependent ion channels. Our main focus has been to study the regulation of sodium … Read More Harold Zakon