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Evolution and Ecology

Evolution and Ecology

2320 Storer Hall
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Telephone: (530) 752-1272

Fax: (530) 752-1449

Sage Grouse in Grand Teton National Park

Sage Grouse in Grand Teton National Park

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Current Faculty and Research

  • David Begun

  • Graham Coop

  • Jonathan Eisen

    • The genomic basis for the origin of novelty in microorganisms; the origin and evolution of symbioses; phylogenomics and genome bioinformatics; microbial community genomics (aka metagenomics); extremophiles; DNA repair.

    • Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility Room 5311 and Storer 5331, 752-3498,

    • Lab Website

  • Brian Gaylord

    • Ecological biomechanics and biological physical coupling in coastal marine systems, focusing on how the scaling of physical processes places bounds on organismal design and ecological pattern.

    • 219 Bodega Marine Lab, (707) 875-1940,

    • Lab Website

  • Laci M. Gerhart-Barley

  • Jennifer R. Gremer

    • Plant physiological ecology and population ecology; life history evolution; ecological and evolutionary responses to variable and changing environments.

    • 4324 Storer Hall, 752-1888,

    • Lab Website

  • Richard K. Grosberg

    • Ecology, Evolution and Developmental Biology: Relationships among genetics, development and life history evolution; evolution of dispersal strategies and larval behavior in sessile marine invertebrates; ecological and evolutionary significance of compatibility systems in clonal organisms.

    • 4328 Storer, 752-1114,

    • Lab Website

  • Susan L. Keen

    • Evolutionary biology, invertebrate zoology; Science teaching, especially in Introductory Biology; Interactive on-line material for teaching animal development; Textbook development for Zoology; Increasing interactivity in classroom instruction

    • 202 Life Sciences, 752-0410,

  • Artyom Kopp

    • Organization of genetic regulatory circuits; gene regulation; genetic basis of morphogenesis; sexual differentiation; and genetic control of rapidly evolving traits. Genetic basis of morphological evolution and speciation; insect phylogeny and comparative morphology.

    • 3337A Storer, 752-8657,

    • Lab Website

  • Charles Langley

  • Kate Laskowski

    • Behavioral ecology. Causes and consequences of behavioral diversity and plasticity. Developmental perspectives on individual behavior. Cue integration, information theory and Bayesian updating. Hierarchical and mixed modeling to partition behavioral variance.

    • 2206 Storer Hall, 754-1780,

    • Lab Website

  • Harris Lewin

    • Mammalian comparative and functional genomics.

    • 540 Mrak Hall, 754-7764,

  • Susan Lott

    • Evolution of development; evolutionary genetics; gene regulation; robustness and plasticity of developmental processes; and life history traits.

    • 3208 Storer,

  • Brian Moore

    • Phylogenetic theory; development and implementation of statistical phylogenetic methods to address various evolutionary problems, with a focus on lineage diversification and historical biogeography; application of phylogenetic methods to explore fundamental questions concerning the evolution of flowering plants.

    • 5330 Storer, 752-7104,

    • Lab Website

  • Gail L. Patricelli

    • Animal communication and sexual selection; the causes and functional implications of directional sound radiation in songbirds; sexual selection and acoustic communication in sage-grouse and other Galliformes; the possible effects of noise from energy development on acoustic communication and breeding behaviors of sage-grouse.

    • 2208 Storer, 754-8310,

    • Lab Website

  • Santiago Ramirez

    • Evolution, adaptation, and speciation mechanisms of plant-pollinator mutualisms. Comparative and population genomics of bees and their host plants. Phylogenetics, chemical ecology, neuro-ethology, and natural history of insect-plant associations.

    • 4337 Storer, 752-5380,

    • Lab Website

  • Bruce H. Rannala

    • Mathematical modeling and statistical inference with application to human genetics, population genetics and phylogenetics.

    • 5339 Storer, 754-7729,

    • Lab Website

  • Marcel Rejmánek

    • Plant competition, biological invasions, plant community dynamics, modeling, tropical ecology.

    • 5337 Storer, 752-1092,

  • Jeffrey S Ross-Ibarra

    • Plant evolutionary genetics; local adaptation; genome evolution; experimental evolution; maize and wild grasses.

    • 5310A Storer, 752-4565,

  • Eric Sanford

    • Marine community ecology; the biogeography of species interactions; ecological consequences of local adaption; regulation of geographic range limits; influence of climatic and oceangraphic variation on marine benthic communities; reproductive ecology of marine invertebrates.

    • 222 Bodega Marine Lab, (707) 875-2040,

    • Lab Website

  • Johanna Schmitt

    • Plant ecological genomics and evolutionary ecology; mechanisms of phenotypic plasticity, local adaptation and response to environmental change.

    • 5328 Storer,

  • Thomas W. Schoener

    • Ecology; island ecology; lizard population biology; spider ecology; predation; resource partitioning; food webs; spacing behavior; mathematical models of population interactions; feeding strategies.

    • 6314 Storer, 752-8319,

  • Sebastian Schreiber

    • Theoretical ecology, evolution, and epidemiology. Current projects involve applying tools from dynamical systems and stochastic processes to understand how spatio-temporal variation, individual heterogeneity, and phenotypic plasticity influence population viability, community assembly, and evolution of species interactions.

    • 5348 Storer, 754-9229,

    • Lab Website

  • Arthur M. Shapiro

    • Population biology of colonizing species, insect-host plant relationships, ecological genetics, population biology and systematics of the butterflies, biogeography, evolution; geography and vegetation of the Andean region; phenotypic plasticity; insect photoperiodism; philosophy of biological sciences.

    • 6347 Storer, 752-2176,

    • Lab Website

  • Jay Stachowicz, Chair, Department of Evolution and Ecology

    • Population and community ecology of seaweeds and marine invertebrates; current projects address (1) the role of positive interactions (mutualism, facilitation) in marine communities; (2) how factors such as species diversity, larval supply and disturbance affect the invasion of marine communities by exotic species; and (3) direct and indirect chemical mediation of interactions between marine plants and invertebrates.

    • 4330 Storer, 752-1113,

    • Lab Website

  • Maureen L. Stanton, Emerita

    • Plant evolutionary ecology; resource allocation to plant reproduction; life history evolution; plant reproductive ecology; natural selection; alpine plants; weeds; stress tolerance; plasticity; ant-plant interactions.

    • 2202 Storer, 752-2405,

  • Sharon Y. Strauss

  • Donald R. Strong

    • Community and population biology; insect-plant interactions; natural enemies of herbivorous insects; soil ecology; soil-dwelling natural enemies; evolution of plant resistance to herbivores and herbivore counter evolution; salt-marsh ecology.

    • 5326 Storer, 752-7886,

    • Lab Website

  • Michael Turelli

    • Population and quantitative genetics; evolution; speciation and Haldane’s rule; Drosophila population biology, especially cytoplasmic incompatibility.

    • 3342C Storer, 752-6233,

  • Peter C. Wainwright

    • Evolution and ecology of functional morphology, especially feeding mechanisms of fishes and other vertebrates; locomotion; phenotypic plasticity; complexity; diversity.

    • 6330 Storer, 752-6782,

    • Lab Website

  • Susan L. Williams

    • Marine population, community, and ecosystem ecology; invasive species; seaweed and seagrass physiological ecology; ecological responses to environmental variation; marine ecosystem function (primary production, nutrient cycling).

    • Bodega Marine Lab, (707) 875-2211,

    • Lab Website


  • Carole Hom

  • R. Patrick Randolph

Previous and Emeriti Faculty