Evolution & Ecology Faculty

Learn more about this group by contacting Dr. Michael White (whitem@uga.edu) or visiting the Evolution & Ecology website

Evolution & Ecology is the study of patterns and processes of evolution. Students learn genetics and functional patterns. They study the form and structure of organisms for evidence of their origin.

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Jill Anderson
Assistant Professor Genetics

Evolutionary genetics and population ecology of plants; global change biology; field ecology; seed dispersal ecology; frugivorous fish

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Tessa Andrews
Assistant Professor Genetics

Undergraduate evolution education; instructor experiences, knowledge, and skills in teaching biology; teaching context and climate in life science departments.

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Jonathan Arnold
Professor Bioinformatics; Genetics

Fungal gene regulatory and biochemical networks,and biological clocks.

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Michael Arnold
Distinguished Research Professor Genetics

Evolutionary significance of genetic exchange; effects of hybridization in natural populations of plants and animals.

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Maor Bar-Peled
Associate Professor Plant Biology

Molecular cell biology of the wall, Biofuel and BioEnergy, Golgi as model for System biology, Plant Immunity.

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Jeff Bennetzen
Professor Genetics

Plant genomics and genome evolution, transposable elements, and regulatory gene evolution.

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Douda Bensasson
Assistant Professor Bioinformatics; Plant Biology

Genome bioinformatics, ecological and evolutionary genomics of yeast.

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Casey Bergman
Associate Professor Bioinformatics; Genetics
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Alexander Bucksch
Assistant Professor Plant Biology; Bioinformatics

Computational Plant Science, Phenotyping, Plant Imaging and Simulation

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Gaelen Burke
Assistant Professor Entomology

Functional and evolutionary genomics of microbial associations with insects; virology, symbiosis, immunity.

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John M. Burke
Professor Plant Biology

Evolutionary genetics; molecular evolution; genomics.

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Shu-Mei Chang
Associate Professor Plant Biology

Evolutionary Ecology of flowering plants; Plant mating system evolution.

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Katrien M. Devos
Professor Bioinformatics; Plant Biology

Crop genetics, comparative genomics and genome evolution.

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Lisa Donovan
Professor Plant Biology

Plant evolutionary ecophysiology, adaptations to stress.

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Kelly Dyer
Associate Professor Genetics

Molecular evolution and evolutionary genetics, in particular genetic conflict, sex chromosome evolution, genetics of adaptation and speciation, and host-parasite interactions.

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Arthur S. Edison
Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Genetics

Structural analysis and characterization of glycosaminoglycans using mass spectrometryStructural analysis and characterization of glycosaminoglycans using mass spectrometry Metabolomics and systems biology of Caenorhabditis elegans using NMR, mass spec, and computational approaches.


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Vanessa Ezenwa
Associate Professor Infectious Diseases
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Mark Farmer
Professor Cellular Biology

Protist systematics, cell evolution, and flagellar development.

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Brian Forschler
Professor Entomology

The mission of the Household and Structural Entomology program is acquisition of information on behavior, biology, ecology and evolution of associations with arthropods and human habitation.

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Travis C. Glenn
Associate Professor Bioinformatics; Toxciology

Environmental Genomics; Crocodilians; Reptilian Genomics; Molecular Ecology.

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Dave Hall
Associate Professor Genetics

Experimental evolution in budding yeast. Mathematical models of evolution.

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Andreas Handel
Assistant Professor Bioinformatics

My research focuses on mathematical and computational modeling of within-host and between-host infectious disease dynamics.

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Brendan Hunt
Assistant Professor Entomology

Behavioral and evolutionary genetics and epigenetics of social insects.

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Natarajan Kannan
Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Bioinformatics

Evolutionary systems biology; protein kinase signaling in plants, pathogens and microbes.

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Jessica Kissinger
Distinguished Research Professor Bioinformatics; Genetics

Parasite genomics and the biology of genome evolution.

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Jim Leebens-Mack
Associate Professor Plant Biology

Phylogenetics, genetics of diversification including speciation; molecular basis of adaptation; evolutionary genomics; evolution of plant reproduction; organismal and molecular coevolution.

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Liang Liu
Assistant Professor Bioinformatics

Phylogenetics, evolutionary biology, statistics.

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Wolfgang Lukowitz
Associate Professor Plant Biology

Fertilization, and early cell-fate decisions in plant embryos.

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Russell L. Malmberg
Professor Bioinformatics; Plant Biology

Bioinformatics of non-coding RNAs and gene family evolution; evolutionary genetics of Sarracenia(Pitcher plant) species.

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Rodney Mauricio
Professor Genetics

Ecological genetics of plants; invasive plants; genetics of adaptation.

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Joe McHugh
Professor Entomology

Evolution, systematics and anatomy of insects.

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Douglas Menke
Assistant Professor Genetics

Developmental Regulation of Gene Expression; Evolution of Vertebrate Morphology.

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Allen J. Moore
Distinguished Research Professor Genetics

Genetics, evolution and development of behavior; sexual selection; quantitative genetic models of evolution

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Julie Moore
Professor Infectious Diseases

Human and animal model-based studies of host immune mechanisms in malaria during pregnancy and immunopathogenic mechanisms that lead to compromise of pregnancy.

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Patricia Moore
Professor Entomology

The role of developmental mechanisms in sexual selection and the evolution of reproductive strategies in insects.

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Mary Ann Moran
Professor Marine Sciences

Ecology of marine bacteria in the carbon and sulfur cycles; application of ecological functional genomics techniques to marine microbes.

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Jan Mrázek
Associate Professor Bioinformatics; Microbiology

Use bioinformatics and comparative genomics to study relationships between the genomic DNA sequence and the organism’s physiological characteristics, and regulatory processes that govern the flow of genetic information.

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Kerry Oliver
Associate Professor Entomology

Ecology and evolution of heritable symbiosis in insects.

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Elizabeth Ottesen
Assistant Professor Microbiology

Ecology and physiology of environmental microbes. The use of community genomics and transcriptomics to examine microbial behavior in natural systems.

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Andrew Paterson
Regents Professor and Head, Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory Plant Biology; Genetics; Institute of Bioinformatics

My unit’s work addresses dimensions of plant genome biology relevant toward a more bio-based economy, linking increased fundamental knowledge to improved human lives.

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Chris Peterson
Professor Plant Biology

Response and vulnerability of forests to natural (e.g. wind, fire) and anthropogenic disturbances (e.g. salvage logging), and geographic patterns of disturbance severity.

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Pejman Rohani
Assistant Professor Infectious Diseases

The ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, including measles, pertussis, avian influenza, dengue and polio.

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Ken Ross
Professor Entomology

Population biology, evolutionary genetics, molecular systematics, and comparative genomics of social insects (fire ants) with an emphasis on studies of genetic variation.

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Bob Schmitz
Associate Professor Genetics

Population epigenomics and mechanisms of epigenetic inheritance

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Kathrin Stanger-Hall
Associate Professor Plant Biology

Signal evolution in fireflies (Lampyridae); research in undergraduate education in the sciences.

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Mike Strand
Distinguished Research Professor Entomology

Molecular and evolutionary biology of insect parasites; virology, immunology, symbiont evolution, reproduction.

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Andrea Sweigart
Associate Professor Genetics

Evolutionary genetics and genomics of natural plant populations

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Dorset W. Trapnell
Assistant Professor Plant Biology

Evolutionary biology and population genetics of natural plant populations, specifically evolutionary factors that shape patterns of genetic variation and mechanisms for partitioning and maintaining species-wide diversity.

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C.J. Tsai
Professor, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar Bioinformatics; Genetics

Growth-defense tradeoff, phenylpropanoid metabolism and carbon allocation, gene family evolution and functional diversification, alternative splicing and gene duplication.

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Kevin Vogel
Assistant Professor Entomology

Integrating physiology, genomics, evolution, and microbial symbiosis to understand the biology of insect vectors of disease

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John Wares
Associate Professor Genetics

Ecological genetics of natural populations.

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Michael White
Assistant Professor Genetics

Evolutionary Genomics and Sex Chromosome Evolution

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William Whitman
Professor Bioinformatics; Microbiology

Evolution, ecology, physiology of methane-producing archaeon Methanococcus, the marine alpha proteobacteria, and soil bacteria.

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Patricia L. Yager
Associate Professor Marine Sciences

Marine microbial ecology and biogeochemistry; climate change.

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