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Department of Biology

Faculty & Research

Research Strengths

Evolution

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.

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

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
fbasheyv [at] indiana.edu
812-855-1962
Sycamore Hall 039
Evolutionary ecology of life-history and social strategies, evolution of virulence.
Thumbnail photo for Stephen Bell Stephen Bell
Professor

Microbiology
stedbell [at] indiana.edu
812 856 2331
405A Simon Hall
Molecular Biology of the Archaea
Thumbnail photo for James Bever James Bever
Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
jbever [at] indiana.edu
812-855-0771/5-5969(lab)
JH 149D / JH 149 (lab)
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] indiana.edu
812-855-7074
SI 205C
Thumbnail photo for Yves Brun Yves Brun
Clyde Culbertson Professor of Biology

Microbiology
ybrun [at] indiana.edu
812-855-8860/5-7239(lab)
JH 447G / JH 447F (lab)
Mechanism, regulation, and evolution of bacterial shape, differentiation, and biofilm formation.
Thumbnail photo for Lynda Delph Lynda Delph
Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
ldelph [at] indiana.edu
812-855-1831/5-7597(lab)
JH 119B / JH 116/121 (lab)
Evolutionary genetics and ecology; plant reproductive biology.
Thumbnail photo for Patricia Foster Patricia Foster
Professor of Biology

Microbiology
plfoster [at] indiana.edu
812-855-4084/5-4054(lab)
JH 447E / JH 447A(lab)
Mutagenesis, DNA repair, replication, and recombination.
Thumbnail photo for James Goodson James Goodson
Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
jlgoodso [at] indiana.edu
812-856-2391
JH A006 / JH A007 (lab)
Neural/neuroendocrine mechanisms of social behavior; comparative neuroanatomy; evolution of avian sociality.
Thumbnail photo for Matthew Hahn Matthew Hahn
Professor of Biology and Informatics

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
mwh [at] indiana.edu
812-856-7001/6-7016(lab)
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] indiana.edu
812-855-6837/5-1096(lab)
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 Eric Knox Eric Knox
Director, IU Herbarium

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
eknox [at] indiana.edu
812-855-9601
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] indiana.edu
812-856-0962
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] indiana.edu
812-855-1842/5-3282(lab)
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] indiana.edu
812-855-7384/6-0115(lab)
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] indiana.edu
812-856-5840/5-5652(lab)
JH 133B / JH 133 (lab)
Behavioral evolution, phylogenetics and informatics.
Thumbnail photo for Colin Meiklejohn Colin Meiklejohn
Assistant Scientist

cmeiklej [at] indiana.edu

MY 216B
Thumbnail photo for Kristi Montooth Kristi Montooth
Affiliate Associate Professor of Biology

montooth [at] indiana.edu
402-472-2720
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Evolutionary physiological genetics, population genetics, biochemical adaptation.
Thumbnail photo for Leonie Moyle Leonie Moyle
Associate Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
lmoyle [at] indiana.edu
812-856-7027/6-7051(lab)
JH 325C / JH 325 (lab)
Genetics of speciation and adaptation, Comparative genomics, Evolutionary ecology, Plant reproduction.
Thumbnail photo for Jeffrey Palmer Jeffrey Palmer
Distinguished Professor and Class of 1955 Professor

jpalmer [at] indiana.edu
812-855-8892
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
Visiting Scholar, Lynch Lab/Raff Lab

rolepear [at] indiana.edu
812-856-0115/855-7773
JH 337/MY102
Microbial ecology, evolution and behavior.
Thumbnail photo for P. David Polly P. David Polly
Adjunct: Professor of Geological Sciences

pdpolly [at] indiana.edu
812-855-7994
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] indiana.edu
812-855-5287
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] indiana.edu
812-855-2791
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
ejragsda [at] indiana.edu
(812) 856-1946
Myers Hall 100
Evolutionary developmental genetics; developmental plasticity; morphological novelty in nematodes
Thumbnail photo for Loren Rieseberg Loren Rieseberg
Distinguished Professor of Biology

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

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
krosvall [at] indiana.edu
856-2375
JH A305A
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

Microbiology
drowemag [at] indiana.edu
812-855-8514/6-0723(lab)
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] indiana.edu
812-856-0109/6-0116(lab)
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] indiana.edu
812-856-4680/6-4996(lab)
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
Assistant Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
azelhof [at] indiana.edu
812-855-0294
JH 357A
Photoreceptor cell morphogenesis
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