How does behavior evolve? We're interested in the ecological factors that influence social behaviors and the physiological mechanisms that underlie those behaviors. Most of our work uses lizards in the genus Anolis, or anoles, but we're also beginning to explore the diversity of lizards that occur at our local field sites in south-central Texas. We use field observations, laboratory experiments, molecular genetics, neuroendocrine techniques, and comparative methodology to explore behavioral evolution.
Lab News - we've been busy!!
July 2014 - Michele Johnson has received the 2014 Early Career Mentoring Award from the Council on Undergraduate Research, Biology Division.
July 2014 - Jamal Murray, Michelle Oberndorf, Jake Stercula, Bonnie Kircher, and Michele Johnson have just returned from Puerto Rico, where they spent 6 weeks studying anole behavior and morphology.
May 2014 - Welcome to Brittney Andre, new research technician in the lab!
May 2014 - Seniors Jordan Bush and Chris Robinson have been awarded Biology departmental honors for their theses in the lab!
April 2014 - Junior Lauren Davis has been awarded a Sigma Xi GIAR and a Mach Fellowship from Trinity University to support her research on invasive lizard brain and behavior.