Evolution, Genetics, and Development

Lab News

06/2023       Mehrnaz's review of the neurobiology of egg-laying in Drosophila is available as a pre-print on        


05/2023       Azom receives the Robert E. and Mary B. Sturgis Endowed Scholarship from the Dodge Family College of Arts

                    and Sciences and the Cleo Cross Scholarship from the College of International Studies!

04/2023       Azom receives an Adams Summer Scholarship from the Department of Biology!

09/2022       Harriet Lumula, Ashley Bentz, and Ivy Broughton join the lab!

Evolution of Development

Genetics of Complex Traits

Reproductive coevolution

The primary goal of our research is to understand the mechanisms that generate biodiversity.  We use molecular and genomic technologies to study how genetic change directs the development of differences between species and ultimately gives rise to two important evolutionary processes— speciation and phenotypic evolution.  We study two powerful systems to address questions at the interface of evolution, genetics, and development: the Drosophila melanogaster species complex (D. melanogaster, D. simulans, D. sechellia, D. mauritiana) and several closely related species of Enallagma damselflies.