Directories - Faculty

Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

Biological Science Faculty Member

Dr. Kimberly A. Hughes

  • Office: 4062 King Life Sciences
  • Office: (850) 645-8553
  • Lab: King Life Sciences
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Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1993
Graduate Faculty Status

Research and Professional Interests:

Organisms are enormously genetically diverse. Even traits under strong natural selection, such as fertility, longevity, and reproductive behavior can vary greatly among individuals within a single population, and much of this variation can be heritable. We strive to understand why so much genetic variation persists for traits under strong selection and also to understand the consequences of this diversity for individuals, species, and communities. Members of the lab are studying the genetic, genomic, and evolutionary determinants of life span; the ecological genetics of sexual selection and mate choice; and genetic and social modifiers of  growth,  behavior, and fitness. We use different experimental organisms, including fruit flies and several species of poeciliid fish, and a diversity of techniques, including quantitative genetics, evolutionary and behavioral genomics and field studies.

Selected Publications:

Rittschof, CC and Hughes, KA. Advancing behavioral genomics by considering timescale.  Nature Communications, In press.

Kraft, B, Lemakos, VA, Travis, J, & Hughes, KA. Pervasive indirect genetic effects on behavioral development in polymorphic eastern mosquitofish.  Behavioral Ecology. Online ahead of print.  doi:10.1093/beheco/arx180

Hughes, K., & Leips, J. (2017)  Pleiotropy, constraint and modularity in the evolution of life histories: insights from genomic analyses. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1389: 76-91. 

Ghalambor, CK, Hoke, KL, Ruell, E, Fisher, EK, Reznick, DN, & Hughes, KA (2015)  Non-adaptive plasticity potentiates rapid adaptive evolution of gene expression in nature. Nature 525:372-375.

Fraser BA, Janowitz I, Thairu M, Travis J, & Hughes KA (2014)  Phenotypic and genomic plasticity of alternative male reproductive tactics in sailfin mollies. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281: 20132310.

Hughes KA, Houde AE, Price AC, & Rodd FH (2013)  Mating advantage for rare males in wild guppy populations. Nature 503:108-110.

Remolina SC, Chang PL, Leips J, Nuzhdin SV, & Hughes KA (2012)  Genomic basis of aging and life-history evolution in Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution 66:3390-3403.

Postdoctoral Associates:

Daniel, Mitchel
Makowicz, Amber

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