Evolutionary Biology

Faculty and graduate students in the Evolutionary Biology group use a variety of experimental, theoretical, and computational approaches to address fundamental questions in evolutionary biology. Among current interests of Kent State evolutionary biology faculty are:

  1.  evolutionary dynamics of interacting genes and genomes (such as developmental evolution, molecular evolution of gene families, or cytoplasmic-nuclear interactions);
  2.  evolution, genetics, and ecology of intraspecific interactions (such as plant and animal mating systems, animal movement, and group behavior);
  3.  ecological and evolutionary consequences of interspecific interactions (such as plant-pollinator, native-invasive, or host-pathogen relationships).

Members of our group are funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institutes of Health, and other agencies.

Graduate Training Opportunities

Students interested in the area of evolutionary biology can apply to the M.S. or Ph.D. program in Biological Sciences (Ecology specialization) or Cell & Molecular Biology program in the School of Biomedical Sciences.