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Evolutionary Biology

Opportunities for graduate studies at the University of Wyoming

Faculty with interests in evolutionary biology work in many of the science departments at the University of Wyoming. Consequently, students have diverse opportunties for pursuing graduate research with a focus in evolutionary biology.

Graduate degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) are offered by individual departments ( Botany, Geology and Geophysics, Ecosystem Science and Management, and Zoology and Physiology), as well as through interdepartmental graduate programs in Ecology and Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences.

The University of Wyoming is a great place to study evolution. Interested students can learn more about the opportunities we offer by contacting indvidual faculty members directly.

Participating faculty:

  • Craig Benkman, Zoology and Physiology.  Adaptive radiation, coevolution of birds and conifers
  • Thomas Boothby, Molecular Biology. Evolution and mechanisms of extreme stress tolerance.
  • Greg Brown, Botany. Bromeliaceae systematics
  • Alex Buerkle, Botany. Genetics of adaptation and speciation
  • Matt Carling, Zoology and Physiology. Speciation and adaptation in birds
  • Mark Clementz, Geology and Geophysics. Paleobiology and adaptation in shallow marine ecosystems
  • Holly Ernest, Veterinary Sciences. Landscape and wildlife genetics
  • Kristina Hufford,  Ecosystem Science and Management. Local adaptation of plants, restoration ecology
  • Amy Krist, Zoology and Physiology. Evolutionary ecology of host-parasite interactions and of invasive species
  • David McDonald, Zoology and Physiology.  Evolution of cooperation, network modeling
  • Melanie Murphy,  Ecosystem Science and Management.   Landscape genetics and spatial ecology
  • Scott Shaw, Ecosystem Science and Management.   Wasp systematics (Braconidae)
  • Katie Wagner, Botany. Evolution of biodiversity
  • Naomi Ward, Botany. Microbial genomics, ecology, and systematics
  • Cynthia Weinig, Botany.  Plant evolutionary genetics
  • Christopher Weiss-Lehman, Botany. Eco-evolutionary dynamics of global change
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Further information

General questions can be directed to the offices associated with the individual graduate programs and departments listed above. Interested students are encouraged to contact individual faculty directly.

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