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Faculty Research Interests

Jeanne Altmann
Professor Emerita
Life history approaches to behavioral ecology; non-experimental research design; behavioral aspects of conservation; relationships among behavior, physiology, social structure and genetic structure in primates and small mammals.
Peter Andolfatto
Associate Professor
Population genetics of Drosophila and butterflies; the impact of natural selection on genome diversity and evolution; mapping gene expression divergence to nucleotide divergence in non-coding DNA; how genetic recombination structures genomic variation.
Kelly K. Caylor
EEB Associate Faculty
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Land degradation and surface water balance partitioning; Geophysical methods for soil moisture and vegetation characterization; Optimal vegetation organization in drylands; Catchment ecohydrology of drylands; Couplings between biogeochemistry, plants, and water.
Andrew P. Dobson
Conservation biology and disease control; population dynamics and coevolution of parasites and their hosts; population dynamics and life-history strategies of birds, primates, and elephants.
Asif Ghazanfar
EEB Associate Faculty
Associate Professor
How adaptive behavior arises through the interactions within the brain, and between the brain, the body and the environment.
James L. Gould
Animal behavior; communication, navigation, behavioral ecology, sexual selection, and learning.
Andrea Graham
Associate Professor
Research focuses on how parasites interact with the vertebrate immune system to ultimately understand how natural selection has shaped strategies for both host defense and parasite transmission.
B. Rosemary Grant
Lecturer & Senior
Research Biologist
Evolutionary ecology, natural and sexual selection; evolutionary consequences of hybridization, genetic and cultural transmission of traits in the speciation process of Darwin's finches.
Peter R. Grant
Professor Emeritus
Ecology, evolution, and behavior; speciation, competition, and the direct study of natural selection in populations.
Bryan Grenfell
Professor, Acting Director of Graduate Studies
Population biologist, focusing in particular on the dynamics and control of infectious diseases by combining the development of theory with analyses of empirical data sets from a range of diseases, including measles, rotavirus and influenza.
Lars O. Hedin
Professor & Department Chair
Ecosystem analysis, with emphasis on the emergence and maintenance broad-scale patterns in the cycling of nutrients and trace gases.
Henry S. Horn
Professor Emeritus
Adaptive patterns of ecology and social behavior in birds and butterflies; forest succession; dynamics of landscape and of productivity; adaptive patterns of morphology, spatial distribution, and dispersal in trees; local conservation.
Laura F. Landweber
Molecular evolution, genome evolution, the origin of genetic systems; noncoding RNAs and RNA-mediated epigenetic inheritance
Simon A. Levin
Dynamics of populations and communities; spatial heterogeneity and problems of scale; evolutionary ecology; theoretical and mathematical ecology; biodiversity and ecosystem processes.
Carolyn McBride
Assistant Professor
Genetic, genomic, and neural basis of behavioral evolution; ecological adaptation and speciation; olfactory and gustatory behavior; adaptation of disease-vectoring mosquitoes to human hosts  
Stephen W. Pacala
Population biology and community ecology of plants; theoretical and mathematical ecology; global interactions among the biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere.  
Robert Pringle
Assistant Professor
I seek to understand how direct and indirect species interactions (predation, herbivory, competition, mutualism) combine with abiotic factors (climate, habitat heterogeneity) to determine the diversity and abundance of species at multiple scales. My method is rooted in natural history and manipulative field experiments and supplemented by whatever computational, isotopic, molecular, remote-sensing, and social-scientific approaches are necessary to understand the mechanisms underlying phenomena in nature. Most of this work is done in the savannas of eastern and southern Africa.
Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe
EEB Associate Faculty
Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Surface hydrology; Hydroclimatology; Fluvial and river basin geomorphology; Dynamics of fractal processes; Ecohydrology; Analysis and modeling of space-time rainfall fields.
Christina Riehl
Assistant Professor
Behavioral ecology, focusing on the evolution of cooperative animal societies; cooperative and parasitic breeding strategies in vertebrates; avian life-history and behavior; collective decision-making; kin recognition; communication; and cognition.
Daniel I. Rubenstein
Behavioral ecology: effect of environmental variation and individual differences on social structure and behavioral relationships within a population; fieldwork with horses, zebras, fish, spiders, and insects; conservation biology.
Corina E. Tarnita
Assistant Professor
My research is concerned with understanding complex interactions – whether they be between the individuals of the same species or between individuals of different species. My approach is mainly theoretical and combines evolutionary dynamics, evolutionary game theory and elements of network theory. The questions I'm interested in range from multicellularity to social behaviors in bacteria, insects or humans, to mutualistic interactions especially in the context of multi-species networks of symbionts.
Bridgett vonHoldt
Assistant Professor
My research interests go beyond the scope of studying DNA variants and include other dimensions of the genome. The convergence of genome technologies and natural history hypotheses sets the stage for exploring traditional questions of behavioral ecology, population biology, and evolutionary history at multiple genomic levels.
Bess B. Ward
EEB Associate Faculty
Professor, Geosciences

Biological oceanography, marine microbiology.
David S. Wilcove
Behavioral monitoring, endocrinology and metabolic measurements to understand causal connection between life history and the underlying physiology.





Peter Grant and student in the Galapagos. Photo courtesy of Martin Wikelski.

Iain Couzin and graduate students trying to stay dry during Tropical Ecology course in Australia.

Dan Rubenstein and students during Class Day celebration. Photo courtesy of Henry Horn.

David Wilcove (left) with graduate students enjoying Costa Rican cuisine during Tropical Ecology course.

Lars Hedin and David Stern arriving at EEB's departmental retreat.
Laura Landweber teaching
Laura Landweber teaching molecular evolution course. Photo courtesy of Denise Applewhite.
Retreat poster discussion
Jim Gould, Dan Rubenstein and former postdoc Gregory Davis discuss poster during departmental retreat.

Left to right: Steve Pacala, Simon Levin, Dan Rubenstein and Andy Dobson ready for commencement exercises. Photo: Ranveig Jakobsen.