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.
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
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.
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.
Research Area: An evolutionary ecologist studying species interactions in a community context.
Research Area: demography, population, dynamics, plant-animal interactions, life history evolution, theory-data interface
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.
Research Area: Conservation, human-environment interactions, environmental policy, community ecology, seed dispersal, trophic cascades, invasive species, Interdisciplinary research.
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.
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.
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.
Research Area: population and community ecology, forests, grasslands, plant ecology, insect ecology, plant/herbivore interactions, invasive species, biodiversity, conservation
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
Office: 203B Anderson Biology
Office Phone: (713) 348-4917
Email: fisher (at) rice.edu
Office: 203A Anderson Biology
Office Phone: (713) 348-4066
Email: sass (at) rice.edu
Office: 215AB Anderson Biology
Office Phone: (713) 348-4923
Email: subtelny (at) rice.edu
Email: mariak (at) rice.edu