Professor - Tenure System & Director of KBS
Joint with the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station
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, including the biological significance of diverse sex-determining mechanisms, the impacts of environmental and genetic factors on variation in early life-history traits, and the current and historical genetic and demographic structure of populations, with an emphasis on elucidating adaptive processes and solving conservation concerns. Our focal study organisms are usually reptiles, especially turtles.