Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
We ask how genes, genomes and the environment interact to produce phenotype, and how processes like natural selection, in turn, act on these diverse forms and behaviors. 


Michelle E. Afkhami

Asst. Professor

mea187@miami.edu

My lab studies the ecology, evolution, and genomics of species interactions at scales ranging from genes to communities using a combination of long term field and greenhouse experiments, mathematical modeling, and laboratory-based molecular methods. While our research spans all types of interactions, we are especially interested in positive...

William E Browne

Asst. Professor

w.browne@miami.edu

(305) 284-3319
Research in my lab is focused on investigating patterns of change underlying animal diversity.  We employ a wide range of experimental approaches to explore the molecular genetic relationship between genotype and phenotype from both developmental and evolutionary perspectives. Current work in the lab primarily use cultures of the lobate...

Daniel J. DiResta

Senior Lecturer

diresta@miami.edu

(305) 284-1715
My current research interests include shallow water, benthic communities of tropical, marine ecosystems; I am interested in the population dynamics of exploited species, the effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbances on habitat quality, recruitment dynamics and community structure, and resource management strategies for marine protected...

Michael Stephen Gaines

Professor
Assistant Provost of Undergraduate Research and Community Outreach

m.gaines@miami.edu

(305) 284-5058
Michael Gaines is assistant provost of undergraduate research and community outreach. Dr. Gaines is director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Education Program. The major goal of the program is to increase the number of disadvantaged students in biomedical research careers. He also directs an NIH Bridge Program between the...

Kevin Grant McCracken

Assoc. Professor

k.mccracken@miami.edu

(305) 284-9058
KUSHLAN CHAIR IN WATERBIRD BIOLOGY & CONSERVATION AREAS OF FOCUS Evolutionary Biology Tropical Ecology

Kathleen Sullivan Sealey

Assoc. Professor

ksealey@miami.edu

(305) 284-3013
My research over four decades has been governed by the laws of thermodynamics –specifically the balance and transformations of matter and energy.  My experiences have grown into three current major research areas for the past decade: a) Coastal Restoration Ecology, b) Coastal ecosystem services and c) Small Island development...

Christopher A Searcy

Asst. Professor

cas383@miami.edu

My lab is engaged in conservation ecology, the use of ecological principles to answer questions related to basic ecological theory, while also informing conservation practices and management of threatened or endangered species. We are particularly interested in utilizing the most up-to-date mathematical models and statistical methods to inform...

William A Searcy

Professor

wsearcy@miami.edu

(305) 284-2065
My principal research interest is in animal communication. I have for many years investigated functional aspects of bird song in collaboration with Steve Nowicki and Susan Peters of Duke University. One focus of this work has been on exploring the implications of proximate mechanisms of song development and song neurobiology for ultimate...

J. David Van Dyken

Asst. Professor

jdv17@miami.edu

(305) 284-9054
My lab is interested in understanding how genetics, cell physiology, ecology and evolution interact across spatial scales ranging from molecules to ecosystems to shape patterns of biocomplexity, biodiversity, and organismal design. We take an integrative, systems-based approach combining high-throughput experiments in the model eukaryote,...

Barbara Whitlock

Assoc. Professor

b.whitlock@miami.edu

(305) 284-3512
The primary goal of my research is to understand the origins of plant diversity. I use phylogenetic analyses of DNA sequence data in combination with information from morphology, anatomy, and ecology to understand the timing and direction of changes in floral and vegetative traits, geographic distribution, and diversification rates. My students...

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