- Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Research in my lab addresses biological problems arising at the interface of evolution and development.
• How does development evolve on a short time scale, within and between closely related species, to generate phenotypic variation?
• What are the genetic mechanisms regulating polyphenisms and other dramatic life-history switches?
We address these questions using genetic, molecular and developmental techniques. For studying the problem of variation we primarily work with the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and closely related species. To study polyphenisms, we have recently started molecular and genetic work on the pea aphid (Acyrthosiphon pisum).