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Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

  • Scott Burgess
    Evolutionary ecology and population dynamics of marine invertebrates.

  • Hongchang Cui
    Cell fate specification and reprogramming in plants; evolutionary and developmental biology; plant-environment interaction; genomics and epigenomics; proteomics; molecular genetics.

  • Wu-Min Deng
    Intercellular communication in Drosophila egg chambers, growth and proliferation control and cancer models, cell competition.

  • Jonathan H. Dennis
    The biology of chromatin involved in the innate immune response.

  • Emily H. DuVal
    Behavioral ecology, evolution, molecular genetics, and ornithology.

  • Gregory M. Erickson
    Evolutionary morphology of vertebrates and paleobiology.

  • David Houle
    Genotype-to-phenotype mapping, evolution and development, evolutionary and population genetics.

  • Kimberly A. Hughes
    Evolutionary, ecological, and behavioral genomics.

  • Brian D. Inouye
    Roles of spatial and temporal variation in population and community ecology; linking theoretical and empirical approaches.

  • Kathryn M. Jones
    Rhizobial/plant symbiotic interactions.

  • Alan Lemmon
    (Department of Scientific Computing). Aspects of evolutionary biology, including phylogenetics, phylogeography, speciation, population genetics, and genomics.

  • Don R. Levitan
    Evolutionary ecology of marine invertebrates; population biology.

  • Leithen M'Gonigle
    Theoretical evolutionary ecology, host-parasite co-evolution, sexual selection, speciation, and plant-pollinator interactions.

  • Austin Mast
    Plant systematics, evolution, ecology, and biogeography.

  • Sophie J. McCoy
    Macroalgal populations, intertidal communities, and links between biology, environmental conditions and water chemistry.

  • Thomas E. Miller
    Plant evolutionary biology and community ecology.

  • Darin R. Rokyta
    Molecular and statistical properties of adaptive evolution.

  • Scott J. Steppan
    Evolutionary biology and mammalian molecular and morphological systematics.

  • Joseph Travis
    Population dynamics and evolutionary processes, particularly the role of population density as an agent of selection.

  • Walter R. Tschinkel
    Biology and ecology of social insects.

  • Nora Underwood
    Ecology and evolution of plant-insect interactions.

  • Alice A. Winn
    Plant population ecology and evolution.

  • Janie L. Wulff
    Mutualisms, life history and morphological strategies, predator defenses, and biogeography of clonal marine invertebrates, especially sponges.



The program of research and graduate training in ecology and evolutionary biology traditionally has been one of the Department of Biological Science's areas of strength. The faculty members have a variety of interests in population and community ecology, behavioral biology, ecological and population genetics, and systematics and phylogenetic inference. Several faculty members apply their work to problems in conservation biology, resource management, and the effects of human disturbance on ecosystems. The research programs of the faculty are quite varied in their specific foci but have a common emphasis on rigorous quantitative methods. Members of the group interact regularly with colleagues in other areas of the department and with colleagues in other departments such as the Department of Statistics and the Department of Mathematics.