Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Facilities

  • Ross Biological Reserve: a 67-acre Biological Research Station 11 miles from campus. Martell Forest: a 424-acre forestry station 10 miles from campus
  • Martell Forest: a 424-acre forestry station 10 miles from campus
  • Purdue Wildlife Area: a 157-acre wildlife area with mixed habitats including grassland habitat
  • Purdue Genomics Center - Purdue Genomics is a three-part, integrated approach to genomic sciences. Three facilities-- laboratory, database, and computation--provide a solid infrastructure for research, teaching, and extension efforts in this dynamic area.
  • Animal housing facilities and extensive greenhouse facilities.
  • Aquaculture Research Lab

Research Approaches

  • Genetics
    • Quantitative Genetics
    • Molecular Phylogenetics
    • Population Genetics
    • Risk assessment of Genetically Modified Organismsd
  • Community Dynamics
    • Alpha/beta diversity in tropical avian communities
    • Phenotypic Plasticity analysis
    • Plant Community Ecology
    • Community Assembly
  • Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology
    • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
    • Restoration Ecology
  • Conservation
    • Human/animal interactions
  • Sensory Biology
    • Auditory evoked potentials – used to measure auditory filtering of sound.
    • Retinal wholemounts and staining for retinal ganglion cells and photoreceptors.
    • Ophthalmic reflex technique to measure configuration of visual fields.
    • Microspectrophotometry to measure peak sensitivity of visual pigments.
    • Morphometry of the eye (shape and size)
  • Evolutionary Ecology
    • Adaptation
    • Comparative Methods
    • Speciation and Diversification
  • Behavioral Ecology
    • Digital video recorders and multiplexers.
    • Robotic birds.
  • Ecological Modeling
    • Dynamic optimization – used to model complex state-dependent decision-making processes
  • Population Biology
    • Measurements of Reproductive success
    • Population dynamics in changing ecosystems

Research Associations with

  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Botany and Plant Pathology
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences: EAS
  • Entomology
  • Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • The Organization for Tropical Studies