Research

AMPHIBIAN ECOLOGY

Kristen Cecala studies the patterns and processes contributing to changing amphibian distributions in the face of landscape changes including land-use and climate change. 

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CAVE BIOLOGY

Kirk Zigler studies the evolution and development of invertebrate animals, and is particularly interested in cave biodiversity. Contact him for more information about research opportunities in these fields.

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ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY

Nancy Berner studies acclimation — a process by which organisms modify their phenotype to match their environment. In particular, Dr. Berner studies mechanisms controlling seasonal acclimation — reversible phenotypic changes brought on by changes in season — in the Eastern red spotted newt.

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PROTEIN FOLDING

Elise Kikis studies the aberrant proteins that underlie neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington’s Disease. Huntington’s Disease is one of several autosomal dominant disorders in which a polyglutamine (polyQ) expansion leads to “toxic gain of function” caused by the adoption of a misfolded or aggregated state associated with proteotoxicity. Contact her for more information about research opportunities in her laboratory.

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PLANT ECOLOGY / CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

Jon Evans studies the dynamics of plant populations and the processes that determine the composition and structure of plant communities over time and across landscapes.   He is specifically interested in the role of clonal growth as a mechanism for population persistence in plant communities.  As a conservation biologist, he studies the consequences of land-use history, global climate change, and exotic species introductions on long-term change in ecological communities.  He is an advocate for the use of science to better inform management and public policy decision-making so as to sustain biodiversity across the globe.

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