B.S. University of Illinois, 1982
Ph.D. University of Illinois, 1989
Asst., Assoc. Professor (tenured), University of Miami, 1991-2002
Lecturer, University of West Georgia, 2009-2013
My research has focused on phenotypic selection and evolution, particularly with regard to life history evolution in predatory-prey interactions. My primary model system has been the predaceous aquatic larvae of the dipteran Chaoborus americanus and the temporary-pond dwelling microcrustaceans Daphnia pulex and D. obtusa. I have worked on several questions involving patterns of quantitative genetic variation in Daphnia, and have developed a metric (Qst) that has become widely used in testing for the action of natural selection in leading to population differentiation. I have also worked extensively on predator-mediated inducible defenses in Daphnia.
Spitze, K. 1985. Functional response of an ambush predator: Chaoborus americanus predation on Daphnia pulex. Ecology 66:938-949.
Crease, T. J., M. Lynch, and K. Spitze. 1990. Hierarchical analysis of population genetic variation in mitochondrial and nuclear genes of Daphnia pulex. Molecular Biology and Evolution 7:444-458.
Spitze, K. 1991. Chaoborus predation and life-history evolution in Daphnia pulex: Temporal pattern of population diversity, fitness, and mean life history. Evolution 45:82-92.
Spitze, K. 1992. Predator-mediated plasticity of prey life-history and morphology: Chaoborus americanus predation on Daphnia pulex. American Naturalist 139:229-247.
Spitze, K. 1993. Population structure in Daphnia obtusa: quantitative genetic and allozymic variation. Genetics135:367-374.
Spitze, K., and T. D. Sadler. 1996. The evolution of a generalist genotype: multivariate analysis of the adaptiveness of phenotypic plasticity. American Naturalist 148:S108-S123.
Lynch, M., M. Pfrender, K. Spitze, N. Lehman, D. Allen, J. Hicks, L. Latta, M. Ottone, F. Bogue, and J. Colbourne. 1999. The quantitative and molecular genetic architecture of a subdivided species: Daphnia pulex. Evolution 53:100-110.
Pfrender, M. E., K. Spitze, J. Hicks, K. Morgan, L. Latta, and M. Lynch. 2000. Lack of concordance between genetic diversity estimates at the molecular and quantitative-trait levels. Conservation Genetics 1: 263-269.
Berendonk, T. U., K. Spitze and W. C. Kerfoot. 2009. Ephemeral metapopulations show high genetic diversity at regional scales. Ecology 90: 2670-2675.