FSU Biology - Ecology & Evolution
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Faculty

Sandra Brooke

My primary research is on coral reefs from shallow waters to the deep sea. My focus is on understanding their distribution, abundance, and physiology, as well as how they are affected by anthropogenic impacts.

Scott Burgess

Scott Burgess

Room: 4021
King Life Sciences

My research combines ecological and evolutionary principles to study the population biology of coastal marine invertebrates. Topics studied include larval dispersal, population connectivity, population dynamics, life history evolution, adaptive phenotypic plasticity, maternal effects, and local adaptation. I typically use some combination of field and laboratory experiments, field surveys, and mathematical modeling.

Felicia Coleman

Felicia C. Coleman

Full Research Faculty, FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory

Room: 2006
King Life Sciences
Mailcode: 1259

I am a marine ecologist with primary research interests in species behavior, interactions and habitat use. These interests extend to examining how science is incorporated into policies that affect the management and conservation of nature.

Michael Cortez

Michael Cortez

Assistant Professor

Room: 4007
King Life Sciences
Mailcode: 4295

I develop mathematical models and theory to explain ecological, evolutionary, and epidemiological patterns. My research focuses on understanding how species interactions, adaptation, and community structure drive the population-level dynamics of communities, especially those involving predator-prey, host-pathogen, and other exploiter-victim interactions. Much of my work is in collaboration with empiricists, whose systems are used to motivate theory development and test model predictions.

Kevin Dixon

Kevin Dixon

Teaching Faculty

Room: 3020
King Life Sciences
Mailcode: 4295

Geographic variation in sexual selection.

  • Phone: (850) 645-8813
  • dixon@bio.fsu.edu
  • Cannot mentor graduate students in the Dept. of Biological Science.
Emily DuVal

Emily H. DuVal

Associate Professor

Room: 4078
King Life Sciences
Mailcode: 4295

My lab group investigates the social behavior of wild birds. We study how social groups form, the selective forces that influence cooperation, and the fitness effects of complex behaviors. Our work analyzes detailed long-term field data on behavior and genetic reproductive success, using statistical models to quantify within- and between-individual effects. Major study systems include Lance-tailed Manakins in Panama and Brown-headed Nuthatches in the Tallahassee area.

Gregory Erickson

Gregory M. Erickson

Professor of Anatomy and Vertebrate Paleobiology
Curator, Florida State University Biological Science Museum

Room: 4011
King Life Sciences

Evolutionary morphology of vertebrates and paleobiology.

  • Phone: (850) 645-4991
  • gerickson@bio.fsu.edu
  • Can mentor graduate students in the Dept. of Biological Science.
Dean Grubbs

Dean Grubbs

Room: 121
Admin Building

My research interests are in ichthyology and marine ecology with an emphasis on the biology of coastal, pelagic, and deep sea fishes. Much of my research focuses on exploited, imperiled, or poorly studied elasmobranch species and is often directed towards answering questions necessary for sustainable management and conservation of their populations. I am particularly interested in the drivers of community structure and habitat use patterns as well as population dynamics and life history variability.

David Houle

David Houle

Professor

Room: 4063
King Life Sciences
Mailcode: 4295

I am an evolutionary geneticist, studying the relationship between genomic and phenotypic variation. Now that we have genomes, we need a comparably thorough understanding of phenomes to understand the selection that acts on genetic variation. Our models are the appendages of fruit flies, where we exploit genomic variation, direct manipulation of genes and experimental evolution to understand how the developmental system shapes variation, and ultimately the ability of complex systems to evolve.

Kimberly Hughes

Kimberly A. Hughes

Professor

Room: 4062
King Life Sciences
Mailcode: 4295

Why are organisms are so genetically diverse? This is the broad question on which my lab focuses. In particular, we want to understand how variation is maintained in traits that are under strong natural selection: life history traits, sexually selected traits, and other traits closely tied to fitness. We use a variety of approaches to investigate these issues ranging from field experiments to genomic analyses.

Brian Inouye

Brian D. Inouye

Professor

Room: 4010
King Life Sciences
Mailcode: 4295

I am a quantitative population and community ecologist, mostly working with plants and insects. I am interested in how variation among individuals (in traits, stages, and spatial locations) affects population dynamics and species interactions. Projects in the lab include work on spatial neighborhood effects on plants and insects, tritrophic interactions among plants-seed predators-parasitoids, mathematical models of communities, and phenological responses to climate change. I am Associate EIC for Ecological Monographs.

Kathryn Jones

Kathryn M. Jones

Associate Professor

Room: 230A
Biology Unit I
Mailcode: 4370

I study the symbiotic interaction of nitrogen-fixing rhizobial bacteria with legume host plants: 1)How bacteria manipulate their environment during host plant invasion such that the plant not only permits entry, but provides an invasion pathway for them; 2)Why the interactions of specific strains of Sinorhizobium with particular Medicago truncatula plant ecotypes are more productive than others; 3)How plants direct resources to productive symbionts at the expense of unproductive ones (cheaters).

  • Phone: (850) 645-8743
  • kmjones@bio.fsu.edu
  • Can mentor graduate students in the Dept. of Biological Science.
Emily Lemmon

Emily C. Lemmon

Associate Professor

Room: 213
Biomedical Research Facility
Mailcode: 4340

Research in our lab focuses on the study of speciation, from the earliest stages where populations start to diverge to the final stages where reproductive isolation evolves. We are also involved in accelerating resolution of the Tree of Life, through development of next-generation sequencing approaches for phylogenomics.

Don Levitan

Don R. Levitan

Professor

Room: 4076
King Life Sciences
Mailcode: 4295

I am interested in the ecology and evolution of marine invertebrates. My work examines the interactions between ecological processes, natural and sexual selection, and molecular evolution. I am particularly interested in how sperm availability and population density influence the evolution of gamete traits and reproductive behavior and the cascading effects of this selection on reproductive isolation and speciation. I enjoy integrating field experiments and molecular studies with theory.

Austin Mast

Austin R. Mast

Professor

Room: 4065
King Life Sciences
Mailcode: 4295

My research program involves topics within the broadly defined area of biodiversity study. I am particularly interested in (1) the interplay of ecology and evolution that determines the form and function of plant life on Earth and (2) the use of biodiversity research specimens and digital information about them to bring that interplay into sharper focus.

Sophie McCoy

Sophie J. McCoy

Assistant Professor

Room: 4060
King Life Sciences
Mailcode: 4295

I am a community ecologist with broad interests in ecology, evolution, physiology, and environmental chemistry. My research focuses on macroalgal populations, intertidal communities, and links between biology, environmental conditions and water chemistry. I use a combination of field and laboratory methods to understand natural variability in marine populations, responses of species and communities to climate change and pollution.

Thomas Miller

Thomas E. Miller

Professor

Room: 4022
King Life Sciences
Mailcode: 4295

I am broadly interested in what controls the diversity and abundance of species in different communities and I work in two very different areas. (1) Coastal Dune Vegetation: I am interested in the forces that structure communities on barrier islands, with an eye to understanding long-term effects of climate change. (2) Community Ecology and Evolution of Inquilines Pitcher Plants: We use models and experiments to ask how species in assemblages evolve through time, testing patterns inherent in Darwins Finches.

Daniel Okamoto

Daniel Okamoto

Assistant Professor

Room: 4061
King Life Sciences

I study population dynamics with a focus on marine species. I am interested in how environmental and trophic interactions regulate fluctuations in demographics (i.e. recruitment, growth, reproduction & mortality) and how fisheries management impacts dynamics in space and time. My research integrates field & laboratory experiments, field surveys, statistical analysis, quantitative theory and simulation modeling. Focal taxa include sea urchins, macroalgae, forage fish, reef fish and abalone.

Andrew Rassweiler

Andrew Rassweiler

Room: 4059
King Life Sciences
Mailcode: 4295

I am a quantitative marine ecologist with research interests straddling the linked fields of natural resource management and ecosystem resilience. I combine field experiments, data analysis and mathematical modeling to address basic and applied questions in temperate and tropical reef ecosystems.

Darin Rokyta

Darin R. Rokyta

Professor

Room: 4019
King Life Sciences
Mailcode: 4295

Molecular and statistical properties of adaptive evolution.

Scott Steppan

Scott J. Steppan

Professor

Room: 4066
King Life Sciences
Mailcode: 4295

My research is focused on understanding the origin of biological diversity. I reconstruct phylogenies of highly diverse groups like rodents and bivalves and use those phylogenies to explore biogeography, morphological evolution, rates of diversification, and how patterns of correlations among traits themselves evolve,

Joseph Travis

Joseph Travis

Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor

Room: 210
Biomedical Research Facility
Mailcode: 4340

I am interested in how and why the features of animals vary from one population to another. This variation, whether in behavior, life history, or morphology, represents the earliest stage in the adaptive generation of biodiversity. In some cases, this variation can promote ecological differences between localities, which illustrates the interplay of evolution and ecology.

  • Phone: (850) 644-5434
  • travis@bio.fsu.edu
  • Can mentor graduate students in the Dept. of Biological Science.
Nora Underwood

Nora Underwood

Professor

Room: 4008
King Life Sciences
Mailcode: 4295

I study the ecology and evolution of plant-insect interactions, with a focus on how genotypic and phenotypic variation among individuals affects the long-term spatial and temporal dynamics of populations and communities. I work in both natural and agricultural systems, and use a combination of greenhouse and field experiments and mathematical modeling.

Alice Winn

Alice A. Winn

Associate Professor

Room: 4018
King Life Sciences
Mailcode: 4295

I am interested in how plants adapt to environments that vary in time and space, and how this contributes to patterns of phenotypic variation within and among individuals and populations. Major topics of research in my lab include the ecology and evolution of phenotypic plasticity, processes that promote or inhibit local adaptation, and the evolution of plant mating systems.

Janie Wulff

Janie L. Wulff

Associate Professor

Room: 4075
King Life Sciences
Mailcode: 4295

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

  • Phone: (850) 644-1565
  • wulff@bio.fsu.edu
  • Can mentor graduate students in the Dept. of Biological Science.