Faculty of Ecology and Evolution Department

Distinguished Professors

Dykhuizen, Daniel E., Emeritus. Ph.D., 1971, University of Chicago: Population genetics and molecular evolution, especially of bacteria.

Fleagle, John G.1, Ph.D., 1976, Harvard University: Primate evolution; comparative anatomy; behavioral ecology.

Futuyma, Douglas, Ph.D. 1969, University of Michigan: speciation, evolution of ecological interactions among species.

Levinton, Jeffrey S., Ph.D., 1971, Yale University: Marine benthic ecology; population genetics of bivalve mollusks; paleoecology.

Rohlf, F. James, Emeritus. Ph.D., 1962, University of Kansas: Multivariate data analysis techniques applied to problems in taxonomy and ecology;computer modeling; applied ecology.


Akcakaya, H. Resit, Ph.D. Stony Brook University, 1989: Applied ecology; conservation biology; population dynamics; landscape ecology.

Bell, Michael A., Ph.D., 1976, University of California, Los Angeles: Evolutionary biology; ichthyology; paleobiology; geographic variation.

Eanes, Walter F.,. Ph.D., 1976, University at Stony Brook: Population and biochemical genetics of Drosophila; molecular evolution.

Ginzburg, Lev, Emeritus Ph.D., 1970, Agrophysical Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia: Theoretical and applied ecology.

Gurevitch, Jessica,. Ph.D., 1982, University of Arizona: Evolutionary ecology of plant populations and communities; plant physiological ecology.

Koenig, Andreas 3, Ph.D., 1992, Georg-August University: Primate behavioral ecology, social evolution.

Lopez, Glenn R. 2, Ph.D., 1976, University at Stony Brook: Marine and freshwater benthic ecology; animal-microbe-sediment interactions;detritus.

Padilla, Dianna K., Ph.D., 1987, University of Alberta, Canada: Phenotypic plasticity, plant-herbivore functional ecology, ecology of invading species.

Susman, Randall L. 1, Ph.D., 1976, University of Chicago: Primate ecology.

Thacker, Robert W., Chairperson. Ph.D., 1995, University of Michigan: Systematics, phylogenetics and ecology.

Wright, Patricia 3, Ph.D., 1985, City University of New York: Primates and tropical conservation.

Associate Professors

Baines, Stephen B., Ph. D., 1993, Yale University-New Haven; Aquatic ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry of carbon and trace elements, plankton ecology, stoichiometry.

Collier, Jackie 2, Ph.D., 1994, Stanford University: Microbial ecology.

Davalos, Liliana, Ph.D., 2004, Columbia University; Conservation biology, climate change, phylogeny.

Graham, Catherine, Ph.D., 2003, University of Missouri – St. Louis: Landscape and behavioral ecology.

Lynch, Heather, PhD., 2006, Harvard University: Development and application of statistics.

Nehm, Ross., PhD., 1998, University of California-Berkeley: Science education, evolution education, cognition.

Rest, Joshua, Ph.D., 2004, University of Michigan; Genome evolution.

Rogers, Alistair., PhD., 1998, University of Essex: whole planet ecosystems response to global change, modeling, photosynthesis and carbon and nitrogen metabolism interactions.

True, John, Ph.D., 1995, Duke University: Evolutionary and developmental genetics of color patterning in Drosophila.

Assistant Professors

Dheilly, Nolwenn 2 Ph.D.,2010, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia: Evolution of host-parasite interactions.

Henn, Brenna, Ph.D., 2009, Stanford University: Human evolution, population genetics, genomics.

Hollister, Jesse, Ph.D., 2009, University of California, Irvine: Plant evolutionary genomics and epigenetics.

Levy, Sasha F. 4, Ph.D., 2005, University of California, Santa Barbara: Physical and quantitative biology.

Matus, David Q. 4 ,PhD., 2006, University of Hawaii at Manoa: evolutionary, cell and developmental biological approaches to understanding morphogenesis

Munch, Stephan 2 Ph. D., 2002, University at Stony Brook: Evolutionary ecology of growth and life history traits, Evolution in harvested populations, Applied population dynamics modeling, Mathematical modeling and statistics

Nye, Janet 2 Ph.D.,2008, University of Maryland: Fish ecology, climate variability, global environmental change.

Serbin, Shawn P. 4, PhD., 2012, University of Wisconsin, Madison: Forest ecology, plant physiology, ecosystem science, remote sensing

Thorne, Lesley 2 Ph.D.,2010, Duke University: Bio-physical and trophic interactions in marine ecology.

Veeramah, Krishna R., Ph.D., 2008, University College London: Primate comparative genomics, genetic basis of epilepsy.


1) Department of Anatomical Sciences

2) School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

3) Department of Anthropology

4) Department of Biochemistry


5) Brookhaven National Laboratory


6) University of California, Santa Cruz




Number of teaching, graduate, and research assistants, Fall 2016: 33


Students on fellowships: 6