Can we predict and follow natural selection in action?

What genetic changes drive variation in ecologically relevant traits?

How do variable selection and developmental plasticity influence the molecular architecture of adaptive traits?

How are host-parasite interactions influenced by coevolution within and among populations?

Our Research Philosophy

We use an integrative approach, drawing from practically every biological discipline, to describe the process of adaptation via natural selection. We not only love the organisms and traits that we study, but also believe that broadly focused research is critically important during this period of increasing specialization in science. In addition to adding to the foundation of basic evolutionary science, by studying adaptations that have survived the gauntlet of natural selection, and focusing on rapidly evolving species interactions, we are poised to mine an enormous and largely untapped reservoir of solutions to pressing medical and conservation challenges.