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Diana Bello-DeOcampo

Diana Bello-DeOcampo

Associate Professor - Fixed Term
(517) 353-2933
Boughman, Janette

Janette Boughman

Professor - Tenure System
 (517) 353-8636
 

There are somewhere between 2 and 10 million living species on earth – possibly more. What processes create this incredible diversity? The deep and difficult question of how new species form has challenged biologists for a long time. This question is at the heart of my research program. A unifying theme of my work is to understand how an organisms’ behavior generates selection that results in diversification, and how diverse behavior itself evolves under the influence of multiple forms of selection. Behavioral traits are thus the primary phenotypes of interest, but can also be the agents of evolutionary change.

Braasch, Ingo

Ingo Braasch

Assistant Professor - Tenure System
(517) 432-3484
 

The Braasch Lab addresses fundamental questions about the genomic and developmental basis of major transitions during the course of vertebrate evolution. We study genomic and morphological novelties in vertebrates at the levels of genome structure, gene family dynamics, and gene regulation and combine comparative genomics with analyses of molecular evolution and developmental genetic approaches using zebrafish (Danio rerio), spotted gar (Lepisosteus oculatus) and other fishes as model systems.

Bradburd, Gideon

Gideon Bradburd

Assistant Professor - Tenure System
 
How are patterns of genetic variation partitioned across space and through time, and what can we learn about the processes that are generating those patterns?  These questions motivate research in the Bradburd Lab into the causes and consequences of genetic variation, as well as into the mechanisms that explain the generation and maintenance of so much diversity.  We address them from a spatial angle, collecting samples, generating sequence data, and developing statistical methods to learn about natural history and evolutionary biology in a variety of empirical systems.
Breedlove, S. Marc

S. Marc Breedlove

Rosenberg Professor of Neuroscience - Tenure System
(517) 355-1749
 breedsm@msu.edu
 
Behavioral endocrinology and molecular neuroscience in mammals.
Dyer, Fred

Fred Dyer

Professor - Tenure System
(517) 432-9818
Eisthen, Heather

Heather Eisthen

Professor - Tenure System
(517) 353-1953

 

Our research concerns the causes of evolutionary changes in the nervous system and the behavioral consequences of these changes. We are focusing on evolution and detection of pheromones in salamanders.

 

Evans, Sarah

Sarah Evans

Associate Professor - Tenure System
 
I am interested in how microbial communities respond to their environment, and how this response affects ecosystems. I am particularly interested in responses to predicted changes in rainfall patterns (e.g. more drought and flood), and how microorganisms will influence nitrogen cycling, greenhouse gas production, and agricultural sustainability under these new climate regimes. My lab uses a combination of DNA-based methods, culturing, biogeochemical analyses, modeling and field manipulations. We also ask fundamental questions about how microorganisms assemble into communities, respond and influence host organisms (e.g. rhizosphere or gut microbiome), and adapt to a new environment. 
Fitzpatrick, Sarah W

Sarah Fitzpatrick

Assistant Professor - Tenure System
 

I am broadly interested in evolution, ecology, and conservation of natural populations. Research in my lab combines genomic tools, mark-recapture methods, and experiments to study how interactions between gene flow, drift, and selection affect population dynamics and diversity patterns. I am especially interested in gaining a mechanistic understanding of genetic rescue, which is the increase in population growth caused by the infusion of new genetic variation, and in implementing this tool in conservation and management. 

Gallant, Jason

Jason Gallant

Associate - Tenure System
(517) 884-7756
 

We are interested in the origin and diversification of novel phenotypic and behavioral traits involved in animal communication signals, as they relate to signal diversity, mate choice, and speciation.  Our model system of choice is the mormyrid electric fish, which enables a highly integrative approach to these questions, combining behavior, physiology, developmental biology, population genetics, and genomes.

Ganz, Julia

Julia Ganz

Assistant Professor - Tenure System
(517) 432-0733
 

The goal of our research is to understand how stem cells generate a diverse and complex nervous system using zebrafish as a model system. My laboratory addresses this question focusing on the largest part of the peripheral nervous system – the enteric nervous system (ENS). Our research aims to answer the fundamental question of how the generation of ENS cell lineages is regulated during normal development, in situations that model human disease, and under regenerating conditions. We will not only uncover cellular, genetic, and molecular mechanisms underlying cell fate determination but also contribute to developing therapeutic approaches using stem cells to repair ENS diseases.

Getty, Tom

Tom Getty

Chair; Professor - Tenure System
(517) 353-9864
 

My research is in the field of behavioral ecology. I focus on the role of information and uncertainty in various aspects of the ecology and evolution of behavior, including: sexual selection, social behavior, communication, conflict and cooperation, predator-prey interactions, habitat choice and the evolution of adaptive phenotypic plasticity.

Gottfried, Michael

Michael Gottfried

Associate Professor - Tenure System
(517) 432-5480
 
Biology and paleontology of living and fossil sharks.
Hamilton, Stephen

Stephen Hamilton

Professor - Tenure System
(269) 671-2231
 

My principal research interests involve ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry, with particular attention to aquatic environments and the movement of water through landscapes. I am especially interested in running waters, wetlands and floodplains because they represent an interface between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems that are often biologically diverse and productive. I also like to consider ecosystem processes at the landscape or watershed scale, and I prefer to do research that contributes to our understanding of environmental problems or improves our ability to manage ecosystems. In recent years I have increasingly conducted research on the agricultural ecology and the sustainability of crop production for food and biofuel.

Heath-Heckman, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Heath-Heckman

Assistant Professor - Tenure System
TBD
 
Bacterial symbioses are nearly ubiquitous in the animals, and can be a driving force behind host evolution and development.  My lab studies the genetic, cellular, and molecular basis of beneficial host-microbe interactions using Euprymna scolopes, the Hawaiian bobtail squid, and its luminous symbiont Vibrio fischeri as a model system. In addition, my lab has a great interest in EvoDevo in the Spiralia, including in annelids such as leeches and the cephalopod molluscs. 
Hill, Susan

Susan Hill

Professor - Fixed Term
(517) 353-4528
 
Development and evolution; regeneration in annelids.
Holekamp, Kay

Kay Holekamp

University Distinguished Professor - Tenure System; Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program Director
(517) 432-3691
 

Research in my laboratory investigates how social, ecological, and endocrine variables interact during an individual`s early development to influence its subsequent behavior and its reproductive success as an adult. 

Janzen, Fredric

Fredric Janzen

Professor - Tenure System & Director of KBS
(269) 671-2341
 
Our research interests involve the study of ecology and evolution, including mechanistic work at the molecular and organismal levels, field studies that document the importance of phenotypic variation, and a comparative view of the long-term consequences of this variation. To do so, we often integrate molecular and quantitative genetic techniques with experimental laboratory and field studies. Using these conceptual approaches in concert with comparative techniques enables us to assess important biological issues with an emphasis on elucidating adaptive processes and solving conservation concerns. Our focal study organisms are usually reptiles, especially turtles.
Johnson, Elizabeth Tinsley

Elizabeth Tinsley Johnson

Assistant Professor - Fixed Term
(517) 432-2523
Joint with Natural Science
Lenski, Richard

Richard Lenski

John Hannah Distinguished Professor of Microbial Ecology - Tenure System
(517) 884-5397
 
Richard Lenski and his group study the dynamics of phenotypic and genomic evolution in bacteria, viruses, and self-replicating computer programs. Their work includes the famous long-term evolution experiment with E. coli bacteria, which has been running for over 25 years and 60,000 generations. 
Lindell, Catherine

Catherine Lindell

Associate Professor - Tenure System
(517) 353-9874 (Natural Science)
(517) 884-1241 (Manly Miles)
 
We combine theoretical and applied research in studying ecology and behavior of birds and the roles of birds in ecological functions and ecosystem processes. 
Litchman, Elena

Elena Litchman

MSU Foundation Professor  - Tenure System
(269) 671-2338
 
My lab investigates community ecology of marine and freshwater algae and cyanobacteria and their ecological and evolutionary responses to global change. We use field observations from lakes to the ocean, laboratory experiments and mathematical models to answer diverse questions of fundamental and applied importance, such as how marine phytoplankton adapt to rising temperatures, what determines algal biodiversity, how global change affects harmful algal blooms and how we can use phytoplankton communities for algal biofuels and other bioproducts. We also study community interactions, including competition and mutualism, in other microbes, such as bacteria, both in aquatic and host-associated (gut) environments. 
Lundrigan, Barbara

Barbara Lundrigan

Curator; Associate Professor - Tenure System
(517) 355-6752 (Office)
 
My research integrates data from a variety of sources − behavior, morphology, and phylogeny − to address questions in mammalian evolution. Current work is focused on investigations of skull and brain morphology in carnivorans and rodents. 
McElhinny, Teresa

Teresa McElhinny

Undergraduate Programs Director; Assistant Professor - Fixed Term
(517) 432-5157
McGuire, Jeanette

Jeanette McGuire

Assistant Professor - Fixed Term
(517) 353-5462
 
My primary research goal is to investigate fundamental questions in evolutionary biology that will enhance conservation efforts. I approach these questions in an integrative way combining theory and techniques from the fields of molecular biology, genetics, behavioral ecology, life-history evolution, and conservation. I am also interested in the evolution of longevity by considering age-specific reproduction and reductions of cellular constraints on lifespan.
Meek, Mariah

Mariah Meek

Assistant Professor - Tenure System
(517) 353-5478
 

Work in the Meek lab aims to understand the interactions among molecular ecology, population health and persistence, anthropogenic change, and trait variation, with an emphasis on aquatic systems. Example research projects include examining population differentiation in Chinook salmon using RAD-seq, determining the molecular processes that control steelhead life history trait variation, such as the propensity to migrate, and using next-generation sequencing to understand the interactions between local adaptation and climate change in cold-water fishes.  Our lab actively collaborates with resource managers and agency biologists to ensure our work informs management and conservation decisions. 

Miller, Kyle

Kyle Miller

Associate Professor  - Tenure System
(517) 353-9283
 
Our lab's goal is to answer the question, “How do axons grow?”. We address this problem by analyzing the biogenesis, transport, and degradation of organelles and cytoskeletal elements in neurons using time-lapse microscopy, mathematical modeling, gene disruption and biophysical analysis. Our integrative studies are conducted in both cultured neurons and in vivo in living Drosophila (fruit fly) embryos. Our hope is that a mechanistic understanding of growth cone motility will lead to better treatments for traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, and chronic neurological diseases.
Ostrom, Nathaniel

Nathaniel Ostrom

Professor - Tenure System
(517) 355-4661
 
My research focuses on the application of stable isotopes and other approaches for understanding the biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nitrogen in a variety of ecosystems. Current research projects include: (1) understanding novel nitrogen cycling pathways in Lake Vida, Antarctica, (2) the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico, (3) application of the isotopomers of nitrous oxide to evaluate the origins of this greenhouse gas and (4) instrument development to enable real-time and in situ stable isotope measurements.
Rasmussen, Pamela

Pamela Rasmussen

Assistant Curator; Assistant Professor - Fixed Term
(517) 353-5428
 

My current research focuses on the systematics and taxonomy of tropical Asian birds using integrative methods (vocalizations, morphology, ecology, and, with collaborators, genetics). Much of my research involves the delimitation of cryptic species of Asian owls and warblers, which is important to understanding biodiversity levels and setting conservation priorities.

Scribner, Kim

Kim Scribner

Professor  - Tenure System
(517) 353-3288
 
I am an evolutionary ecologist with interests in population genetics, life history, demography, and behavior. Research in my lab involves applications of molecular genetic markers and evolutionary theory to examine questions in ecological genetics and conservation biology including levels of gene flow through heterogeneous landscapes, evolution or life history traits in changing environments, effects of environmental heterogeneity and mating systems on variance in reproductive success, and intra-specific and comparative phylogeography. Student research emphasizes inter-disciplinary training in the field and laboratory in population and behavioral ecology, population genetics, and evolutionary biology. Emphasis is placed on populations of management and conservation concern.
 
Smale, Laura

Laura Smale

Professor - Tenure System
(517) 432-1632
 
Our research focuses on how the structure and function of the brain have changed at evolutionary transitions from one temporal niche to another, such as when animals that are most active at night have evolved from ones that are most active during the day. Some of this work is focused on how the size and shape of brain structures involved in sensory processing have changed, while other projects focus on the neural mechanisms that actually produce the rhythms.
Smith, James

James Smith

Professor - Tenure System
(517) 353-3939
 
Molecular phylogenetics and evolution in plant-insect interactions; Evolution education.
Stevenson, R. Jan

R. Jan Stevenson

Professor - Tenure System
(517) 432-8083
 
Algal ecology, aquatic ecology, environmental science.
Wale, Nina

Nina Wale

Assistant Professor - Tenure System
517) 884-5289
 
We use a highly interdisciplinary approach to understand the ecology & evolution of infectious diseases and their impacts on host health and ecosystem dynamics. Specifically, we study the ecology of parasites in order to better understand the evolution of their traits, such as drug resistance, virulence, and secondary metabolite production. We use a rodent malaria parasite and a little-studied bacterium of zooplankton to understand ecological interactions in a diversity of environments - from inside the body to Michigan’s lakes – and use a wide-range of research techniques, from molecular analyses to theoretical modeling.
Wetzel, William

William Wetzel

Assistant Professor - Tenure System
 
The Wetzel Lab studies the role of variability in ecology. Our work focuses on how changing levels of biological diversity and climate variability influence plants and insects. We work in natural and agricultural ecosystems and strive to answer fundamental questions with implications for environmental issues. We strive to link patterns at population and community scales with mechanisms at the organismal scale. The lab does this by using mathematical and statistical modeling to integrate field and lab data. We also place an emphasis on using meta-analysis, synthesis, and global collaboration to search for general answers to fundamental ecological questions.
Zarnetske, Phoebe

Phoebe Zarnetske

Associate Professor - Tenure System
(517) 355-7671
 

The Zarnetske Spatial and Community Ecology Lab uses a combination of observational data, experiments, and statistical and theoretical modeling to connect observed patterns of biodiversity and community composition with underlying mechanisms across local to global scales. We aim to understand and predict how the composition and geographic distributions of species and ecological communities are affected by biotic interactions, species invasions, biophysical feedbacks, geodiversity, climate change, and land-use change. A central goal is to understand which species and ecological communities are most sensitive and/or resilient to climate change, and in turn act as "biotic multipliers" of climate change through their outsized impacts on ecological communities.

Zipkin, Elise

Elise Zipkin

Associate Professor - Tenure System
(517) 884-8039
 
Research in my Quantitative Ecology Lab aims to understand how habitat and climate influence the distribution and abundance of species. To do this, we develop mathematical and statistical models to study the demographics of populations and communities.