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Ecology and Evolution

Daniel Dykhuizen, Ph.D.  is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution. His research interests are primarily in experimental evolution and in understanding he causes of natural selection, including what conditions in the environment act upon what types of genetic variation. Along with his colleagues, he has established a predictive theory of natural selection linking enzyme activity to differences in fitness in a simple environment. 

Specific areas of expertise: Population genetics of infectious disease bacteria. 

Douglas J. Futuyma, Ph.D.  is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, his research interests in evolution focus primarily on speciation and the evolution of ecological interactions among species. He has been a Guggenheim and a Fulbright Fellow, the President of the Society for the Study of Evolution and the President of American Society of Naturalists. He is the author of the successful textbook Evolutionary Biology. Most of his work has centered on the population biology of herbivorous insects and the evolution of their affiliation with host plants. Research on several species centered on genotypic differences conferring adaptation to different host plants, and cast light on the evolution of host specificity. 

Specific areas of expertise: Diverse evolutionary and ecological studies of insect-plant interactions and of speciation in insects. 

John Fleagle, Ph.D.  is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Anatomical Sciences in the School of Medicine. He also is a former MacArthur Fellow. His research involves many aspects of evolutionary biology of higher primates, including laboratory studies of the comparative and functional anatomy of extant primates; field studies of the behavior and ecology of primates in Asia, South America, and Madagascar, and paleontological field research in Africa and South America.

Specific areas of expertise: Evolution of monkeys, apes, and humans in Africa. Evolutionary history of New World monkeys.

Manuel Lerdau  is Professor of Ecology and Evolution and Professor by Courtesy of Atmospheric Science. He studies the flux of matter and energy between ecosystems and the atmosphere and the dynamics of element cycling in ecosystems. He works in both temperate and tropical systems and with his colleagues has demonstrated the role of plants in regulating the chemistry of the lower atmosphere and the impacts of invasive species on soil fertility. In 1995 he was named a NASA Earth System Investigator and in 2002 he was appointed the Hrdy Visiting Professor of Conservation by Harvard University.

Specific areas of expertise: Global climate change; air pollution impacts, biological invasions; tropical deforestation.



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