CEB Committe on Evolutionary Biology

Faculty

Zeray Alemseged

University of Chicago

Research:

Establishing milestone events in Human Evolution: Paleoanthropology: exploring patterns of changes in morphology, function and behavior in early hominins and how they relate to paleoenvironmental dynamics.

Email: alemseged at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://pondside.uchicago.edu/oba/faculty/alemseged_z.html

Stefano Allesina

University of Chicago

Research:

My laboratory develops new mathematical, statistical and computational methods for the analysis of ecological data.

Email: salesian (at) uchicago (dot) edu

Website: https://pondside.uchicago.edu/ecol-evol/people/allesina.html

Kenneth D. Angielczyk

Field Museum

Research:

Paleobiology of non-mammalian synapsids (particularly anomodont therapsids), the End-Permian mass extinction, evolutionary morphology of the turtle shell, trophic network-based approaches to understanding extinction and community evolution, geometric morphometrics, the reciprocal relationship between phylogenetics and biostratigraphy, phylogenetic taxonomy

Email: kangielczyk at fieldmuseum dot org

Website: http://fieldmuseum.org/users/kenneth-d-angielczyk

John Bates

Field Museum

Research:

Genetic structure and evolution of tropical birds, historical biogeography, conservation biology

Email: jbates at fieldmuseum dot org

Website: http://fieldmuseum.org/users/john-bates

Joy Bergelson

University of Chicago

Research:

Ecology and evolution of resistance in plants, plant-enemy interactions, coevolution

Email: jbergels at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://pondside.uchicago.edu/ecol-evol/people/bergelson.html

Rüdiger Bieler

Field Museum

Research:

Molluscan evolutionary biology, phylogenetic systematics, invertebrate anatomy

Email: rbieler at fieldmuseum dot org

Website: http://fieldmuseum.org/users/rüdiger-bieler

Michael Coates

University of Chicago, CEB Chair

Research:

Early vertebrate diversity and evolution, comparative anatomy and interrelationships of acanthodians, and the morphology and systematics of sparid teleosts.

lab website:  https://coateslab.uchicago.edu/

Email: mcoates at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://pondside.uchicago.edu/oba/faculty/coates_m.html

Maureen Coleman

University of Chicago

Research:

Microbial ecology and evolution, population genomics, genetic basis of adaptation, interspecies and phage-host interactions, molecular biogeochemistry

Email: mlcoleman at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://biogeolabs.uchicago.edu/colemanlab/

Katherine A. Cronin

Lincoln Park Zoo

Research:

animal welfare science, animal behavior, comparative psychology, primatology

Email: kcronin at lpzoo dot org

Website: http://www.lpzoo.org/staff/katherine-cronin-phd

Martin Feder

University of Chicago

Research:

Evolutionary and ecological functional genomics of heat-shock proteins and the heat-shock response in Drosophila; heat-shock protein-mediated protection of development against environmental stress; evolutionary physiology

Email: m-feder at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://pondside.uchicago.edu/oba/faculty/feder_m.html

Michael Foote

University of Chicago

Research:

I am a paleobiologist interested in documenting and interpreting large-scale patterns in the history of life.  Current research focuses on biogeography, evolutionary paleoecology, and macroevolution.

Email: mfoote at uchicago dot edu

Website: https://geosci.uchicago.edu/directory/michael-foote

Jack Gilbert

University of California, San Diego

Research:

Microbial Ecology, microbial interactions and metabolism. Built environments, humans, soils, marine, freshwater and air microbiomes.

Email: gilbertjack at gmail dot com

Website: http://www.gilbertlab.com/research

Lance Grande

Field Museum

Research:

Phylogenetic interrelationships, historical biogeography of fossil and living actinopterygian fishes

Email: lgrande at fieldmuseum dot org

Website: http://fieldmuseum.org/users/lance-grande

Shannon Hackett

Associate Chair CEB; Field Museum

Research:

Avian molecular systematics and evolution, neotropical biogeography, phylogenetic analysis

Email: shackett at fieldmuseum dot org

Website: http://fieldmuseum.org/users/shannon-hackett

Lawrence R. Heaney

Field Museum

Research:

Mammalian evolution and ecology, evolutionary biogeography, origin and maintenance of patterns of biological diversity, conservation biology, tropical biology

Email: lheaney at fieldmuseum dot org

Website: http://fieldmuseum.org/users/lawrence-heaney

Patrick S. Herendeen

Chicago Botanic Garden

Research:

My research seeks to understand present and historical patterns of diversity and details of morphological evolution using both living and fossil plants. My research has focused on two broad areas, elucidating the early evolutionary history of the flowering plants and systematics of the legume family.

Email: pherendeen at chicagobotanic dot org

Website: http://www.chicagobotanic.org/research/staff/herendeen.php

Andrew Hipp

The Morton Arboretum

Research:

Plant systematics and population genetics, chromosome evolution, phylogenetic and comparative analysis

Email: ahipp at mortonarb dot org

Website: http://systematics.mortonarb.org/lab/

Robert Ho

University of Chicago

Research:

Evolutionary developmental biology of teleost fish: Axis formation, segmentation, Limb development and Morphogenesis

Email: rkh at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://pondside.uchicago.edu/oba/faculty/ho_r.html

David Jablonski

University of Chicago

Research:

Macroevolution; paleobiology; evolutionary paleoecology, especially in marine invertebrates

Dr. Jablonski's latest news release (9/18): https://news.uchicago.edu/story/scientists-predict-extinction-risk-hard-track-species

Email: djablons at uchicago dot edu

Website: https://geosci.uchicago.edu/directory/david-jablonski

Susan Kidwell

University of Chicago

Research:

Fossilization processes and their conseqences for the nature of the fossil record, especially the ecological fidelity of fossil communities; also marine invertebrate paleoecology and sedimentary geology

Email: skidwell at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://geosci.uchicago.edu/directory/susan-kidwell

Marcus Kronforst

University of Chicago

Research:

Adaptation, speciation, evolutionary genomics, population genetics

Email: mkronforst at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://www.kronforstlab.org

Michael C. LaBarbera

University of Chicago

Research:

Biomechanics, especially in marine invertebrates including bizarre extinct forms

Email: mlabarbe at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://pondside.uchicago.edu/oba/faculty/labarbera_m.html

Robert C. Lacy

Brookfield Zoo

Research:

Genetic management of endangered species, in- and out-breeding depression, evolution in structured populations

Email: rlacy at ix dot netcom dot com

Website: https://www.czs.org/Centers-of-Excellence/Center-for-Animal-Welfare/Population-Genetics

Scott Lidgard

Field Museum

Research:

Evolution and ecology of cheilostome bryozoans, particularly the relationships of colonial growth and form; evolutionary paleoecology and the resolution of large-scale patterns in the fossil record; angiosperm diversification and Cretaceous floristic trends

Email: slidgard at fieldmuseum dot org

Website: http://fieldmuseum.org/users/scott-lidgard

R. Eric Lombard

University of Chicago

Research:

Comparative, functional, and evolutionary studies on feeding and sensory adaptations in lower vertebrates

Email: elombard at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://pondside.uchicago.edu/oba/faculty/lombard_e.html

Sarah London

University of Chicago

Research:

Neural systems for complex natural behavior; brain development and function: experience-dependent molecular, genomic and epigenetic regulation in brain; social influences on learned behavior; neurogenomics of learning potential

Email: london at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://londonlab.uchicago.edu/London_lab.html

Manyuan Long

University of Chicago

Research:

Molecular evolution, evolutionary genomics

Email: mlong at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://pondside.uchicago.edu/ecol-evol/people/long.html

Thorsten Lumbsch

Field Museum

Research:

Main research interests include evolution of fungi belonging to Ascomycota, especially lichen-forming fungi and their diversity, with focus on groups with centres of distribution in the tropics and southern Hemisphere. A wide array of methods is employed, including micromorphological, developmental, chemical and molecular approaches

Email: tlumbsch at fieldmuseum dot org

Website: http://fieldmuseum.org/users/thorsten-lumbsch

Zhe-Xi Luo

University of Chicago

Research:

Origins and earliest evolution of mammals; phylogenetic relationships of Mesozoic mammals and timing of evolution for major extant mammal groups; evolution of key mammalian adaptations and developmental patterns, as well as their ecological diversification in the Mesozoic.

Email: zxluo@uchicago.edu

Website: http://pondside.uchicago.edu/oba/faculty/Luo.html

Peter Makovicky

Field Museum

Research:

Systematics and evolution of archosaurs, especially dinosaurs; Mesozoic biogeography and faunal evolution

Email: pmakovicky at fieldmuseum dot org

Website: http://fieldmuseum.org/users/peter-makovicky

Robert Martin

Field Museum

Research:

Reconstruction of primate evolution, with particular emphasis on the brain, reproduction, tree-building and allometric scaling relationships.

Email: rdmartin at fieldmuseum dot org

Website: http://fieldmuseum.org/users/robert-martin

Jill Mateo

University of Chicago

Research:

Comparative research on the development and evolution of vertebrate social behavior; biodemographics; maternal effects on juvenile behavioral development; comparative behavioral endocrinology

Email: jmateo at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://mateolab.uchicago.edu

R. Michael Miller

Argonne National Laboratory

Research:

Soil ecology, mycorrhiza, restoration ecology. I am interested in the mechanisms of how mycorrhizal fungi influence the ability of plants to adapt to climate forcing factors and atmospheric pollutants (CO2, water, warming, Ozone). Emeritus Senior Terrestrial Ecologist

Email: rmmiller at anl dot gov

Website: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=miaEiK4AAAAJ&hl=en

Lance J. Miller

Chicago Zoological Society – Brookfield Zoo

Research:

Animal Welfare, Behavioral Endocrinology

Email: lance dot miller at czs dot org

Website: http://www.czs.org/Centers-of-Excellence/Center-for-Animal-Welfare/Animal-Welfare-Research/Team

Gregory M. Mueller

Chicago Botanic Garden

Research:

Systematics, population biology, biogeography, and ecology of fungi

Email: gmueller at chicagobotanic dot org

Website: http://www.chicagobotanic.org/research/staff/mueller.php

Salikoko Mufwene

University of Chicago

Research:

Language evolution: the birth of new language varieties, the sustained vitality and spread of many, and the loss of many others

Email: s-mufwene at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://humanities.uchicago.edu/faculty/mufwene/

John Novembre

University of Chicago

Research:

population genetics; molecular evolution; computational/statistical methods development; human genetic variation

Email: jnovembre at gmail dot com

Website: http://jnpopgen.org

Mercedes Pascual

University of Chicago

Research:

 I am a theoretical ecologist interested in population and community dynamics. 
Research in my lab is primarily on infectious diseases whose population dynamics are environmentally driven. We explore for example the impact of climate variability and climate change on water-borne and vector-borne infections such as cholera and malaria. We are interested in combining mathematical models and computational statistical methods to analyze the temporal and spatial variability of infectious diseases and to assess their predictability, based on extensive but incomplete and noisy data. We are also addressing the spatio-temporal dynamics of infectious diseases in large cities of the developing world, asking questions about the interaction of environmental and socio-economic drivers, including responses to climate forcing.

Email: pascualmm (at) uchicago (dot) edu

Website: https://pondside.uchicago.edu/ecol-evol/people/pascual.html

Bruce Patterson

Field Museum

Research:

systematics and biogeography of mammals, phylogeny, host-parasite coevolution

Email: bpatterson at fieldmuseum dot org

Website: https://sites.google.com/a/fieldmuseum.org/bruce-pattersons-lab/Home

Catherine Pfister

University of Chicago

Research:

Marine population ecology, dynamics of exploited populations, interactions among species, ocean acidification, marine microbes, the nitrogen cycle and global change

Email: cpfister at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://pfisterlab.uchicago.edu

Trevor D. Price

University of Chicago

Research:

Speciation, sexual selection, community ecology, phylogeny, biogeography of Indian birds

Email: pricet at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://pondside.uchicago.edu/ecol-evol/people/price.html

Stephen Pruett-Jones

University of Chicago

Research:

Sexual selection, evolution of mating systems, communication, population biology of birds, introduced species, damselflies

Email: pruett-jones at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://pondside.uchicago.edu/ecol-evol/people/pruett-jones.html

Maanasa Raghavan

The University of Chicago, Human Genetics

Research:

My group's research interests span questions and applications in multiple fields, including population genetics/genomics, anthropology, archaeology, and medical genetics. The big question driving our research is: ‘How have demographic, cultural, and environmental factors contributed over time to shaping the present-day human gene pool?’ In order to address specific research questions embedded within this overarching goal, we use a combined approach that brings together genome-scale data from present-day human populations as well as ancient specimen. Through the implementation of multiple complementary projects set within the context of South Asian and indigenous American populations, our research will contribute towards the understanding of the evolutionary mechanisms that underlie adaptations and diseases among human populations.

Email: mraghavan@uchicago.edu

Website: https://hgen.uchicago.edu/program/faculty/maanasa-raghavan

Cliff Ragsdale

University of Chicago

Research:

Evolutionary developmental biology of the neocortex, with a focus on neuronal cell type homologies across amniotes; Behavioral neurobiology, embryology and neural circuit analysis of cephalopod mollusks, studied with genomic, cellular and pharmacological techniques. Octopus bimaculoides is our chosen model species.

www.ragslab.org 

Email: c-ragsdale at uchicago dot edu

Website: https://pondside.uchicago.edu/oba/faculty/ragsdale_c.html

Richard Ree

Field Museum

Research:

Flowering plant evolution and systematics, phylogenetic and macroevolutionary theory, biodiversity informatics

Email: rree at fieldmuseum dot org

Website: https://www.fieldmuseum.org/about/staff/profile/36

Olivier Rieppel

Field Museum

Research:

Phylogeny of Mesozoic marine reptiles

Email: orieppel at fieldmuseum dot org

Website: http://fieldmuseum.org/users/olivier-rieppel

Rachel Santymire

Lincoln Park Zoo

Research:

Evolution of reproductive strategies and stress adaptation. Behavioral and hormonal correlates of parental care and social behavior.

Email: rsantymire at lpzoo dot org

Website: http://www.lpzoo.org/conservation-science/resources/staff-bios/rachel-santymire-phd

Urs Schmidt-Ott

University of Chicago

Research:

Developmental genetics of insects, molecular evolution of developmental mechanisms in flies and mosquitoes.

Email: uschmid at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://pondside.uchicago.edu/oba/faculty/schmidt-ott_u.html

Paul C. Sereno

University of Chicago

Research:

Fossils, phylogenetic analysis, biogeography, dinosaur and avian radiations, molecular evolution

Email: dinosaur at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://paulsereno.uchicago.edu

Neil Shubin

University of Chicago

Research:

Mechanisms behind the evolutionary origin of new anatomical features and faunas

Email: nshubin at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://pondside.uchicago.edu/oba/faculty/shubin_n.html

Petra Sierwald

Field Museum

Research:

Taxon-oriented research, specializing in the non-Insect terrestrial arthropods. Systematic, biogeographic, and evolutionary research focuses on the various spider families. Work on the class Diplopoda (millipedes) centers on higher classification

Email: psierwald at fieldmuseum dot org

Website: http://fieldmuseum.org/users/petra-sierwald

Graham Slater

University of Chicago

Research:

Macroevolutionary pattern and process, modes and rates of ecomorphological diversification, phylogeny of mammals, particularly carnivorans.

Email: gslater at uchicago dot edu

Website: https://fourdimensionalbiology.com/

Douglas Stotz

Field Museum

Research:

Conservation ecology; the distribution, evolution, ecology and behavior of birds

Email: dstotz at fieldmuseum dot org

Website: http://www.fieldmuseum.org/users/douglas-stotz

Margaret Thayer

Field Museum

Research:

Evolution, biogeography, and faunistics of the Austral region (Australia, New Zealand, southern South America, South Africa), particularly of rove beetles (Staphylinidae); morphological, life history, and phylogenetic studies of extant taxa, complemented when possible by studying fossils.

Email: mthayer at fieldmuseum dot org

Website: http://fieldmuseum.org/users/margaret-thayer

Russell Tuttle

University of Chicago

Research:

Field and experimental laboratory studies pertaining to the evolution of primate morphology, locomotion, and other behaviors; paleoanthropology; history of theories on hominoid evolution and of social prejudice in physical anthropology

Email: rhtuttle at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://anthropology.uchicago.edu/people/faculty_member/russell_h._tuttle

Janet Voight

Field Museum

Research:

Organic falls, especially wood in the deep sea; evolution and radiation of deep-sea mollusks, especially of octopuses and xylophagous bivalves; biology of the deep sea; geographic pattern

Email: jvoight@fieldmuseum.org

Website: http://fieldmuseum.org/users/janet-r-voight

Harold Voris

Field Museum

Research:

Ecology and systematics of marine snakes, coevolution of pedunculate barnacles and decapod crustaceans, comparisons of old-world tropical rain forest amphibian and reptile communities

Email: hvoris at fieldmuseum dot org

Website: https://fieldmuseum.academia.edu/HVoris

Mark Webster

University of Chicago

Research:

Ontogeny, phylogeny, and evolutionary processes in Cambrian trilobites

Email: mwebster at geosci dot uchicago dot edu

Website: http://geosci.uchicago.edu/~mwebster/

Mark Westneat

University of Chicago

Research:

Vertebrate functional morphology, evolutionary biomechanics, phylogenetic systematics, coral reef fishes

Email: mwestneat at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://westneatlab.uchicago.edu/

Norman Wickett

Chicago Botanic Garden

Research:

I am broadly interested in the origin of new genetic material through both endogenous (e.g. gene or whole genome duplication) and exogenous (e.g. horizontal gene transfer) processes, and the role of these processes in adaptation and diversification in plants. In particular, I am interested in understanding how changes at the genome scale have led to the evolution and diversification of bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, and hornworts), but I am excited by how these questions can be applied to all photosynthetic organisms. In addition to bryophytes, I am currently involved in projects focused on flowering plants (Onagraceae, the Evening Primrose family), land plants (embryophytes), and diatoms (a group of phytoplankton).

Email: nwickett@chicagobotanic.org

Website: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/research/staff/wickett

William Wimsatt

University of Chicago

Research:

Model building and problem solving strategies and biases, units of selection, chaos in ecological systems, history of genetics and evolutionary theory

Email: wwim at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://philosophy.uchicago.edu/faculty/wimsatt.html

J. Timothy Wootton

University of Chicago

Research:

Experimental community ecology, theory of multi-species systems, marine ecology, stream ecology, avian ecology, species extinctions and introductions, evolutionary ecology

Email: twootton at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://woottonlab.uchicago.edu

Chung-I Wu

University of Chicago

Research:

Speciation, evolutionary genetics, molecular population genetics, genomics, sexual selection

Email: ciwu at uchicago dot edu

Website: http://pondside.uchicago.edu/ecol-evol/people/wu.html