Research

Faculty Research Interests

Geoff Smith

Geoff Smith

Amphibian Ecologist

Ecology of amphibians and reptiles, especially how human alterations of the environment affect individuals and communities.

Jessica E. Rettig

Jessica Rettig

Aquatic/Pond Ecologist

Population and community ecology of animals and plants inhabiting small ponds, including fish, zooplankton, algae, and macroinvertebrates.

Tom Schultz

Tom Schultz

Behavioral Ecologist

Production, perception and function of color in sexual signals and defensive tactics of insects.

Lina Yoo

Lina Yoo

Cell Biologist

Mechanism of cancer development due to perturbations in growth factor signaling.

Ayana Hinton

Ayana Hinton

Cellular and Molecular Biologist

Role of acid pumps in cancer metastasis using human breast cancer cells as a model system and assembly of these pumps using S. cerevisiae as a model system.

Jenna Monroy

Jenna Monroy

Comparative Physiologist

Animals are able to perform a diversity of movements in nature. I use a comparative approach to understand the roles of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems in determining performance.

Rebecca Homan

Rebecca Homan

Ecologist/Conservation Biologist

Population ecology and habitat use/specialization of pond-breeding amphibians

Laura Allison Romano

Laura Romano

Evolutionary Developmental Biologist

Evolution of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying embryonic development using the sea urchin as a model system.

Clare C. Jen

Clare Jen

Feminist Science Studies

From a critical race and gender studies perspective, my research addresses the practices, performances, and representations of scientific inquiry, technoscience, and public health.

Christine Weingart

Christine Weingart

Microbiologist

Microbiologist

Eric C. Liebl

Eric Liebl

Molecular Geneticist

Developmental neurobiology using the Drosophila model system.

Jeff Thompson

Jeff Thompson

Molecular Geneticist

Molecular genetic studies on the role of histone proteins and chromatin structure in DNA damage repair, using the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model system.

Warren D. Hauk

Warren Hauk

Molecular Plant Systematist

Evolution and classification of the Adder’s Tongue fern family, focusing on the population-species boundary.

Heather J. Rhodes

Heather Rhodes

Neurophysiologist

I’m interested in understanding the biological basis of social communication. I study how sensory stimuli and endocrine state affect social behaviors in the African clawed frog.

Andy McCall

Andy McCall

Plant Ecologist

I study the interactions between plants and insects, with interests in pollination biology and how plant-feeding insects affect plant reproduction. My field work takes me to California and Arizona.