|Evolution is the
process that binds together all life on earth. Defined quite
simply as "change in genetic material over time",
we can model it with computers, measure it in laboratories,
and observe it in the wild. Here at UMBC, active research
encompasses all of these approaches. From field studies of
divergence and speciation in birds and fish, to laboratory
studies of aging and parasitism in fruit flies, to computer
simulations of primordial life, we offer broad opportunities
for graduate training. Many other research groups in our
department build on this strong evolutionary framework with
studies that encompass animal signalling, animal and plant
development, protein evolution, and bioinformatics.
Combining quantitative genetics with ecological studies to understand the genetic basis and maintenance of variation in life history traits in natural populations.
Speciation in a brightly colored group of North American fish called darters: mate choice, sexual selection, visual signaling, hybrid fitness, and phylogenetic systematics.
Investigations into the evolution of developmental complexity, using the volvocine green algae as a model
Our work involves the sensory ecology of acoustic communication, especially questions about the co-evolution of auditory systems and vocal signals in natural habitats.
Evolution of programmed translational frameshifting and of the translational machinery in the budding yeasts
Molecular phylogeny and population genetics of closely related birds to study speciation and character evolution. Recent research has focused on the NW orioles (Icterus), as well as ravens and ducks.
We study the evolution of adaptations of animals that allow them to see and perform their required functions in the habitats they encounter. This field is generally called visual ecology.
Application of soft-computing paradigms to the alignment problem. Insights into the evolution of regulatory systems.