Evolution and Genetics
The theory of evolution provides a coherent explanation for all biological phenomena. All of the Faculty in the EEB Department pursue research interests to a greater or lesser extent connected to evolution. A core group of Faculty address evolutionary questions directly, at very different scales of biological organization, and they all use techniques of molecular biology to answer those questions.
Peter Andolfatto Computational and experimental population genetics of Drosophila and butterflies
Iain Couzin Evolution of collective decision-making.
Rosemary Grant & Peter Grant Population and community-level phenomena, asking such questions as how species form and what roles natural selection and hybridization play in speciation.
Leonid Kruglyak Applies computational skills to questions of genome organization and evolutionary diversification in phylogeny.
Laura Landweber Genomic evolution, seeking to understand the evolutionary origins of complex features, especially in microbial eukaryotes (protists).
Simon A. Levin Evolution of disease, evolution of life history strategies, evolution of stoichiometry.
Daniel Rubenstein Evolution of behavior.
Thus the group spans a range of interests from RNA to macroevolution, from microbes to vertebrates, with frequent overlap with the neighboring disciplines of ecology, behavior, physiology, conservation biology and molecular biology, as well as mathematics, chemistry, physics and engineering.