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Indiana University Bloomington

Department of Biology

Faculty & Research

Research Strengths


Indiana University offers one of the premier graduate programs of study in evolutionary biology. With over a dozen faculty members whose research focuses on the mechanisms of evolution, our program has an amazing breadth and depth of scientific expertise. Our core faculty have strengths in evolutionary genomics, population genetics, and phylogenetics; close collaboration with colleagues in our department bolster strengths in evo-devo, co-evolutionary dynamics, population biology, and the evolution of behavior. We offer students a broad education in evolutionary biology, with a focus on mechanisms of change at the population level. Open collaboration between labs and a great sense of collegiality among faculty and students ensure that individuals can tailor their education and research to their own interests. Facilities at IU provide many opportunities for conducting research, including next-generation sequencing and microarray technologies at the Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics, nearby field sites at the Research & Teaching Preserve, extensive environmental chambers and greenhouse facilities, and shared molecular labs at the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior.

Prospective students please note:  Emeritus faculty generally do not accept new graduate students.

Faculty Member Contact Description
Thumbnail photo for Farrah Bashey-Visser Farrah Bashey-Visser
Assistant Scientist

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
fbasheyv [at]
Sycamore Hall 039
Evolutionary ecology of life-history and social strategies, evolution of virulence.
Thumbnail photo for Stephen Bell Stephen Bell
Professor of Biology and of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
stedbell [at]
812 856 2331
405A Simon Hall
Molecular Biology of the Archaea
Thumbnail photo for James Bever James Bever
Professor of Biology

jbever [at]

Ecology and evolution of plants and fungi.
Thumbnail photo for Volker Brendel Volker Brendel
Professor of Biology and Computer Science

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
vbrendel [at]
SI 205C
Thumbnail photo for Yves Brun Yves Brun
Distinguished Professor of Biology, Clyde Culbertson Professor of Biology

ybrun [at]
JH 447G / JH 447F (lab)
Mechanism, regulation, and evolution of bacterial shape, differentiation, and biofilm formation.
Thumbnail photo for Ankur Dalia Ankur Dalia
Assistant Professor of Biology

ankdalia [at]
812-856-1895 (office)
JH 469A (ofc), JH 455 (lab)
Mechanisms and regulation of biofilm formation, natural transformation, and metabolism in Vibrio cholerae. Using and developing novel genetic tools to dissect the biology of bacterial pathogens and to develop naturally competent microbes for novel biotechnology applications.
Thumbnail photo for Lynda Delph Lynda Delph
Distinguished Professor of Biology; Evolution, Ecology & Behavior Section Associate Chair

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
ldelph [at]
JH 119B / JH 116/121 (lab)
Evolutionary genetics and ecology; plant reproductive biology.
Thumbnail photo for Patricia Foster Patricia Foster
Professor Emerita of Biology

plfoster [at]
JH 447E / JH 447A(lab)
Mutagenesis, DNA repair, replication, and recombination.
Thumbnail photo for Matthew Hahn Matthew Hahn
Professor of Biology and Informatics

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
mwh [at]
JH 249B / JH 249 (lab)
Computational and evolutionary genomics; evolution of transcriptional regulation; molecular population genetics.
Thumbnail photo for Ellen Ketterson Ellen Ketterson
Distinguished Professor of Biology and Gender Studies

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
ketterso [at]
JH 033
Behavioral, physiological, and evolutionary ecology; hormones and behavior; avian biology, mating systems and parental care; physiological basis of trade-offs in life histories; adaptation and constraint; avian migration.
Thumbnail photo for Marcy Kingsbury Marcy Kingsbury
Senior Scientist

mk24 [at]
JH A013
Neural and neuroendocrine mechanisms of social behavior, comparative neuroanatomy
Thumbnail photo for Eric Knox Eric Knox
Director, IU Herbarium; Senior Scientist

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
eknox [at]
JH A313
Plant evolution, speciation, phylogenetic systematics, chloroplast genome evolution; horizontal gene transfer; flora of Indiana.
Thumbnail photo for Jay T. Lennon Jay T. Lennon
Associate Professor

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
lennonj [at]
856-0962 / 6-7235 (lab)
JH 261B / JH 261 (lab)
Microbial Ecology and Evolution
Thumbnail photo for Curt Lively Curt Lively
Distinguished Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
clively [at]
JH 117B / JH 116/117 (lab)
Evolution and coevolution; sex, virulence and genetic diversity in host-parasite interactions.
Thumbnail photo for Michael Lynch Michael Lynch
Distinguished Professor of Biology, Class of 1954 Professor

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
milynch [at]
JH 324C / JH 327 (lab)
Evolution; population genetics and genomics; cell biology.
Thumbnail photo for Emília Martins Emília Martins
Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
emartins [at]
JH 133B / JH 133 (lab)
Behavioral evolution, phylogenetics and informatics.
Thumbnail photo for Armin Moczek Armin Moczek
Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
armin [at]
MY 102D / MY 102 (lab)
Evolution and Development; Insect Genomics; Developmental Plasticity; Behavioral Ecology and Sexual Selection; Insect Endocrinology; Invasive Species and post-invasion Evolution; Natural History of Onthophagus beetles.
Thumbnail photo for Leonie Moyle Leonie Moyle
Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
lmoyle [at]
JH 325C / JH 325 (lab)
Genetics of speciation and adaptation, Comparative genomics, Evolutionary ecology, Plant reproduction.
Thumbnail photo for Irene Garcia Newton Irene Garcia Newton
Assistant Professor of Biology

irnewton [at]
JH 217
Functional and evolutionary genomics of symbiosis
Thumbnail photo for Jeffrey Palmer Jeffrey Palmer
Distinguished Professor and Class of 1955 Professor

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
jpalmer [at]
JH 235C / JH 229/235 (lab)
Horizontal gene transfer in plants and fungi. Evolution of plant mitochondrial genomes. Intracellular transfer of organellar genes to the nucleus. Evolution of mutation rates.
Thumbnail photo for Ronald Pearson Ronald Pearson
Research Associate/Raff Lab

rolepear [at]
Microbial ecology, evolution and behavior.
Thumbnail photo for P. David Polly P. David Polly
Adjunct: Professor of Geological Sciences

pdpolly [at]
Geology Building, 513
Vertebrate paleontology, comparative morphological variation at the level of the metapopulation, and the effects of Quaternary climate change on vertebrate faunas.
Thumbnail photo for Elizabeth Raff Elizabeth Raff
Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
raff [at]
MY 100A
Specification of three-dimensional biological form.
Thumbnail photo for Rudolf Raff Rudolf Raff
Distinguished Professor and James H. Rudy Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
raffr [at]
MY 102A
Evolutionary developmental biology; Evolution of early development; Larval origins; How embryos fossilize.
Thumbnail photo for Erik Ragsdale Erik Ragsdale
Assistant Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
ragsdale [at]
(812) 856-1946
Myers Hall 100C
Genetic regulation and evolution of developmental plasticity; nematode systematics and natural history.
Thumbnail photo for Loren Rieseberg Loren Rieseberg
Distinguished Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
lriesebe [at]
unlisted phone
MY 330
Plant evolutionary genomics; speciation; domestication; invasiveness; Compositae genomics; conservation.
Thumbnail photo for  Kimberly Rosvall Kimberly Rosvall
Assistant Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
krosvall [at]
Ofc: JH A318A, Lab: JH A318
Evolution of behavior; neuroendocrine mechanisms of behavior; physiological mechanisms of phenotypic plasticity and adaptation; sexual selection; behavioral genomics; behavioral ecology
Thumbnail photo for Dean Rowe-Magnus Dean Rowe-Magnus
Associate Professor of Biology

drowemag [at]
JH 451(lab)
Integrons and Super-Integrons; biofilm formation; c-di-GMP signalling pathways; natural competence; ecology and pathogenesis in the Vibrionaceae.
Thumbnail photo for G. Troy Smith G. Troy Smith
Associate Professor of Biology, Director CISAB

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
getsmith [at]
JH 270E / JH 270 (lab)
Neural and hormonal control of sexually dimorphic behavior.
Thumbnail photo for Michael Wade Michael Wade
Distinguished Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
mjwade [at]
JH 131C / JH 131/145 (lab)
Evolution in Metapopulations; Genetic basis of speciation in Tribolium; Epistasis; Evolutionary genetics of maternal effects; Sexual selection and alternative male mating strategies; Coevolution of arthropod hosts and Wolbachia endosymbionts.
Thumbnail photo for Andrew Zelhof Andrew Zelhof
Associate Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
azelhof [at]
JH 357A
Photoreceptor cell morphogenesis
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