New Faculty Profiles

SSE is launching a new series of New Faculty Profiles to highlight and introduce up-and-coming PIs in SSE. We invite highlighted faculty to discuss their research, describe how SSE has impacted their career, and share any tips or stories they may have for other researchers. Find out how to submit a nomination here.

October 2018

Dr. Michael Sheehan

Dr. Sheehan is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University studying the causes and consequences of social evolution. Read his full profile here.

Dr. Aleeza Gerstein

Dr. Gerstein is an assistant professor in the Departments of Microbiology & Statistics at the University of Manitoba studying how different ecological and genomic factors influence the rate and predictability of evolution. Read her full profile here.

September 2018

Dr. Sara Branco

Dr. Branco is an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Montana State University studying the ecology and evolution of fungi to further understand the ecological factors that generate and maintain fungal diversity. Read her full profile here.

Dr. Shane Campbell-Staton

Dr. Shane Campbell-Staton is an assistant professor jointly appointed to the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department and the Institute for Society and Genetics at the University of California Los Angeles studying how climate shapes demographic history and adaptation over prehistoric and contemporary time periods. Read his full profile here.

August 2018

Dr. Emily Kane

Dr. Kane is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Georgia Southern University. She studies ecological and evolutionary biomechanics; specifically, locomotion, feeding, and the links between those systems. Read her full profile here.

Dr. David Des Marais

Dr. Des Marais is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He studies how the physical environment impacts the evolution and ecology of natural plant populations. Read his full profile here.

July 2018

Dr. Claudia Bank

Dr. Bank is the Principal Investigator of the Evolutionary Dynamics Group at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia in Oeiras, Portugal. She studies how populations adapt and diversify, with a specific interest in the role of epistasis during these processes. Read her full profile here.

Dr. Stacy Krueger-Hadfield

Dr. Krueger-Hadfield is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She studies the evolution of sex, using algal and invertebrate models to investigate the mechanisms that underlie the maintenance of life cycle and mating system variation. Read her full profile here.

June 2018

Dr. Martha Muñoz

Dr. Muñoz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech studying ecological processes and evolutionary patterns related to physiology. Read her full profile here.

Dr. Michael White

Dr. White is an Assistant Professor in the Genetics Department at the University of Georgia studying the evolution of sex chromosomes in threespine stickleback fish. Read his full profile here.

May 2018

Dr. Alison Wright

Dr. Wright is a NERC Independent Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield studying evolutionary conflicts of interest between males and females and the genomic mechanisms that lead to their resolution. Read her full profile here.

Dr. Cassie Stoddard

Dr. Stoddard is an assistant professor of biology at Princeton University studying avian vision and coloration and the development and structure of avian eggs. Read her full profile here.

April 2018

Dr. Jeremy Yoder

Dr. Yoder is an assistant professor of biology at California State University Northridge studying coevolution and the population genomics of local adaptation. Read his full profile here.

Dr. Megan Phifer-Rixey

Dr. Phifer-Rixey is an assistant professor of biology at Monmouth University studying the genetics of adaptation. Read her full profile here.

 

March 2018

Dr. Rayna C. Bell

Dr. Bell is a vertebrate research zoologist at the National Museum of Natural History studying the mechanisms that generate ecological and evolutionary diversity in amphibians and reptiles. Read her full profile here.

Dr. Sarah W. Fitzpatrick

Dr. Fitzpatrick is an assistant professor at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station at Michigan State University studying how genetic drift, gene flow, and selection interact in small and recently isolated populations in a changing environment. Read her full profile here.

How to submit a New Faculty Profile nomination

We welcome nominations (and self-nominations) of SSE members who are within 3 years of starting an independent research position. We wish to highlight the diversity of positions, institutions, study systems, approaches and researchers in SSE. Email Kati Moore at communications@evolutionsociety.org with your nomination, including name, affiliation, and a link to the lab/research webpage.


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