Evolution, Ecology, Physiology, Behavior, and Conservation


Welcome to the Ghalambor lab. We are interested in the processes that lead to and constrain adaptive divergence in natural populations. Our research interests are largely focused on how variation in environmental factors such as temperature, predation, and food availability lead to adaptive differences in suites of integrated traits. We use a combination of field and lab studies to examine both the genetic and environmental basis of differences in behavior, morphology, life history, and physiology traits, and how these traits are integrated at the whole organism level. A common theme in our work is to examine the dual nature of the environment as both an agent of natural selection and a source of phenotypic plasticity. Thus, we strive to understand on one hand the selective pressures favoring adaptive divergence in multiple traits, and how plasticity and trade-offs between traits either constrain or facilitate adaptive divergence across different environmental conditions.  While many of the questions we ask are focused on testing theory, we also apply our work in ways that inform conservation and management. Our study organisms include fish, birds, and insects, our field sites encompass freshwater streams, forests, chaparral and oak woodland habitats. We carry out this work on the island of Trinidad, the California Channel Islands, Colorado, and Ecuador.


Recent Lab News:

August 2015:

Our paper on non-adaptive plasticity and rapid evolution of gene expression was accepted in Nature.

Craig Marshall joins the lab as a new PhD student.

March 2015:

Congratulations to Katie Langin, whose paper on “Islands within an island: Repeated adaptive divergence in a single population” was published in Evolution.

February 2015:

Maybellene Gamboa is off to conduct field work on San Miguel, Santa Rosa, and Santa Cruz Islands.

February 2015:

The Integrative Organismal Biology book is out!!

December 2014:

Congratulations to Corey Handelsman whose paper  “Phenotypic plasticity changes trait correlations of traits following experimental introductions of Trinidadian guppies” was published in Integrative and Comparative Biology.

October 2014:

Alisha Shah is off to Ecuador to conduct field work on the eastern slopes of the Andes.

August 2014

Emily Kane joins the lab as a NSF -Postdoctoral Research Fellow

July 2014

Congratulations to Helen Sofaer whose paper “Partitioning the sources of demographic variation reveals density-dependent nest predation in an island bird population” was published in Ecology and Evolution.

Ghalambor Lab | Colorado State University | Department of Biology | 1878 Campus Delivery | Fort Collins, CO 80523

phone 970-491-2759 | fax 970-491-0649 | last updated February 2013