Rice University
The Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice
Faculty Emeritus Faculty Adjunct Faculty
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Faculty

Adrienne CorreaAdrienne M.S. Correa


Office: 135A Anderson Biology
Office Phone: (713) 348-3054
Web: Personal
Email: ac53(at)rice.edu


Research Area: Biodiversity, Community Ecology, Conservation Biology, Coral Reefs, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Systematics, Symbiosis, Virology

I am a microbial community ecologist and evolutionary biologist, working at scales that range from microbial strains and individual hosts to ecosystems. My primary research interests include the diversity, stability, and function of mutualisms; the context-dependent roles of microbes in host health and survival; and the extent to which selection on microbes influences host response to environmental disturbance.

Amy DunhamAmy Dunham

Assistant Professor

Office: 103B Anderson Biology
Office Phone: (713) 348-2792
Web: Personal
Email: aed4 (at) rice.edu


Research Area: Conservation biology, community ecology, plant-animal interactions, population biology, terrestrial food-web ecology,linking grazing and detrital food webs, invasive species, tropical ecology

Scott EganScott P. Egan

Assistant Professor

Office: 211A Anderson Biology
Office Phone:
Web: Personal
Email:scott.p.egan (at) rice.edu

Research Area: I am interested in the processes that promote or constrain the evolution of new biological species. Examples of my research include (1) understanding the role of adaptation via natural selection in the speciation process and (2) exploring the genomic architecture associated with and mediating the evolution of new species. This work requires a multidisciplinary approach integrating natural history, manipulative field experiments, behavioral observations, and population genetics and genomics. Related research interests include interdisciplinary research that harnesses genetic variation to address societal challenges, such as the rapid environmental detection of rare or invasive species.

Michael Kohn

Michael KohnAssociate Professor

Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering 
Rice Systems and Synthetic Biology Group
Gulf Coast Consortium
Center for Tropical Research

Office: 205A Anderson Biology
Office Phone: (713) 348-3779
Lab Phone: (713) 348-6227
Web: Personal    Lab
Email: hmkohn (at) rice.edu


Research Area: Evolutionary Biology, Genomics, Population Genetics, Medical Genetics


We are interested in the evolutionary dynamics of genes and genomes in populations and species. Some of our research projects have implications for conservation biology or medicine.

Emily JonesEmily I. Jones

Huxley Faculty Fellow

Office: 211D Anderson Biology
Office Phone:(713) 348-4182
Web: Personal
Email:eijones (at) rice.edu

Research Area: An evolutionary ecologist studying species interactions in a community context.




Tom MillerTom Miller

Godwin Assistant Professor
of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Office: 135B Anderson Biology
Office Phone: (713) 348-4218
Web: Personal
Email:tom.miller (at) rice.edu


Research Area: demography, population, dynamics, plant-animal interactions, life history evolution, theory-data interface



Luay NakhlehLuay K. Nakhleh

Associate Professor
of Computer Science
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and
Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Office: 3119 Duncan Hall
Office Phone: (713) 348-3959
Fax: (713) 348-5930
Web: Personal  Lab
Email: nakhleh (at) rice.edu


Research Area:  Luay's research falls into the general areas of computational biology and bioinformatics, with focus on computational evolutionary biology, particularly "networks of evolution and evolution of networks," as well as other topics related to biological networks.

Haldre RogersHaldre Rogers

Huxley Faculty Fellow

Office: 135B Anderson Biology
Office Phone: (713) 348-2877
Web: Research   Personal
Email:haldre.s.rogers (at) rice.edu


Research Area: Conservation, human-environment interactions, environmental policy, community ecology, seed dispersal, trophic cascades, invasive species, Interdisciplinary research.



Volker RudolfVolker Rudolf

Associate Professor

Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering

Office: 105A Anderson Biology
Office Phone: (713) 348-2834
Web: Personal  Lab
Email: volker.rudolf (at) rice.edu


Research Area: Community ecology, population ecology, evolutionary ecology, ecology of infectious diseases and parasites, aquatic ecology.


My interests are broad but mainly focus on the ecological and evolutionary factors that generate and determine the structure and dynamics of communities. In my research I combine theoretical and empirical work to develop predictive frameworks for understanding how species interactions and abiotic environmental factors determine the structure and dynamics of communities and how they drive population dynamics and the evolution of complex life histories. Most of my current research focuses on the impact of cannibalism and population size structure on community dynamics and their evolutionary consequences. This research partly overlaps with my work on the role of diseases in determining community structure and population dynamics.  Most of my research on evolutionary ecology examines how environmental variation shapes the evolution of life history strategies such as iteroparity and delayed maturity and the reaction norm of age and size at metamorphosis.

Julia SaltzJulia B Saltz

Assistant Professor

Office: Anderson Biology 209B
Office Phone: (713) 348-xxxx
Web: Lab
Email:julia.b.saltz (at) rice.edu




Research Area: My work aims to understand the development and evolution of intra-population individual differences in behavior, with a particular focus on social behaviors.  Why do individuals of the same species develop dramatic differences in behavior?  How is this diversity maintained in the face of selection and drift?  To address these questions, I work to integrate evolutionary ecology and psychology with quantitative, population and functional genetics, using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

Yousif ShamooYousif Shamoo

Vice Provost for Research
and Wiess Career Development Chair

Director, Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering
Keck Center for Computational Biology
Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology

Office: 332 Keck Hall
Office Phone: (713) 348-5493
Lab Phone: (713) 348-3858
Web: Personal  Lab
Email: shamoo (at) rice.edu


Research Area: Structural biology, molecular evolution, X-ray crystallography, microbial evolution, antibiotic resistance

My lab is interested in the underlying biophysical principles of adaptation within bacterial populations during protein evolution. Our interest in this field is stimulated by the rise in drug resistant pathogens as well as our own curiosity about the physical basis for molecular evolution. By combining approaches from biophysics and experimental evolution we are able to identify and characterize intermediates along the mutational pathways of adaptation and then link those intermediates to the overall evolutionary trajectory of the bacterial populations.


Evan SiemannEvan Siemann

Harry C & Olga K Wiess Professor,
Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Center for the Study of the Environment and Society  
Environmental and Energy Systems Institute 
Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering 
Sloan Professional Masters Program

Office: 101A Anderson Biology
Office Phone: (713) 348-5954
Lab Phone: (713) 348-2419
Web: Personal    Lab
Email: siemann (at) rice.edu


Research Area:  population and community ecology, forests, grasslands, plant ecology, insect ecology, plant/herbivore interactions, invasive species, biodiversity, conservation


Scott SolomonScott Solomon

Professor in Practice

Office: 135C Anderson Biology
Office Phone: (713) 348-2661
Web: Personal  Blog
Email: Scott.Solomon (at) rice.edu


Research Area: Molecular systematics, biogeography, phylogeography, biodiversity, tropical ecology

I am generally interested in how evolutionary and ecological processes produce patterns in geographical space. I use ants as a model system, which are useful because they are widespread and abundant, and because ant species diversity can be an indicator of diversity in other groups

Emeritus Faculty

Frank FisherFrank Fisher

Professor Emeritus

Office: 203B Anderson Biology
Office Phone: (713) 348-4917
Email: fisher (at) rice.edu



Paul HarcombePaul Harcombe

Professor Emeritus

Web: Personal
Email: harcomb (at) rice.edu



Ronald Sass

Ronald Sass

Professor Emeritus

Office: 203A Anderson Biology
Office Phone: (713) 348-4066
Email: sass (at) rice.edu


Stephen Subtelny

Professor Emeritus

Office: 215AB Anderson Biology
Office Phone: (713) 348-4923
Email: subtelny (at) rice.edu


Adjunct Faculty

Jeffrey Glassberg

Adjunct Professor

North American Butterfly Association

Office Phone:

Nancy Greig

Nancy Greig

Adjunct Professor

Curator of Entomology
Cockrell Butterfly Center
Houston Museum of Natural Science

Office: The Houston Museum of Natural Science
Office Phone: (713)639-4742
Email: ngreig (at) hmns.org
Web: Personal

Maria Hartley

Adjunct Assistant Professor

University of Houston

Email: mariak (at) rice.edu