Area of Research: Evolution



 


"Polyphenism is the ability of a single genome to produce two or more alternative morphologies in response to an environmental cue. A classical example can be found in Daphnia pulex - if predators of Daphnia are absent, individuals develop a rounded head. If predators are present, however, individuals develop a spine on their head for protection. By studying the evolutionary and developmental basis of polyphenisms, we take one step closer to understanding how the environment interacts with the genome, and how this interaction may generate morphological diversity."
(Dr. Ehab Abouheif)

Faculty Members

Abouheif
Barrett
Bell
Bureau
Carroll
Chapman
Cristescu
Green

Guigueno
Hargreaves
Hendry
Larsson
Lefebvre
Millien

Reader
Schoen
Sunday