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We strive to understand the evolutionary and ecological mechanisms that generate and maintain biological diversity using population genomics, experimental manipulations, and field studies. Our goal is to not only test basic evolutionary and ecological theory, but also directly inform policy and management decisions that will ultimately determine the fate of biodiversity.

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Congratulations to John Kronenberger for successfully defending his Masters!!!

Congratulations to John Kronenberger for successfully defending his Masters!!! He did a fantastic job! Wishing him the best on the PCT and in his future endeavors!

John Kronenberger’s paper featured in Animal Conservation!

John Kronenberger’s paper on the effects of divergent immigrants on population fitness using guppies as a model system was featured in the recent issue of Animal Conservation, including this beautiful cover image. Three prominent conservation biologists also wrote companion papers discussing John’s results (L. Scott Mills, Catherine Grueber, and David Tallmon), and John wrote […]

Sarah Fitzpatrick wins 2017 ASN Young Investigator Award!!!

A huge congratulations to Dr. Sarah Fitzpatrick for being awarded the prestigious Young Investigator’s Award from the American Society of Naturalists!!! See the official announcement here and the CSU SOURCE story here.

John Kronenberger’s manuscript on the effects of divergent immigrants on small populations accepted in Animal Conservation!

John Kronenberger, guppy biologist extraordinaire, taking shelter from the rain while sampling guppies in Trinidad.

A paper by John Kronenberger, Chris Funk, Jedidiah Smith, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Lisa Angeloni, Dale Broder, and Emily Ruell has been accepted for publication in Animal Conservation! Augmenting threatened populations with immigrants from elsewhere can be a valuable conservation […]

Historic guppy transplant experiments in Trinidad provide a replicated test of the balance between selection and gene flow in nature, revealing that adaptive traits are maintained in the face of high gene flow

Sarah Fitzpatrick (PhD candidate), Lisa Angeloni (Associate Professor), Jill Gerberich (REU student), John Kronenberger (PhD student), and Chris Funk (Associate Professor) set out to the streams of Trinidad to investigate the impacts of previous transplant experiments where Trinidadian guppies were moved from stream localities with many predators into upstream tributaries with few predators. Guppies […]

Sarah Fitz awarded a Reed Fellowship to study the guppy microbiome and diet!

Congrats to Sarah Fitz for being awarded a Reed Fellowship to study the microbiome and diet of Trinidadian guppies!! She and her collaborators will be testing the effects of host genetics and environmental variation on their gut microbiomes.

Congratulations to Jill Gerberich for being awarded a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research!!

Congrats to Jill Gerberich for being awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research from Sigma Xi! She’ll be using the funding for her undergraduate research on dispersal and gene flow in Trinidadian guppies.

Sarah, Lisa, and Chris give talk to high school students in Couva, Trinidad, about biodiversity, evolution, and conservation

Sarah explaining to high school students how evolutionary concepts can be applied to biodiversity conservation. On February 7th, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Lisa Angeloni, and Chris Funk gave a talk for high school students in Darlene Peters’ class at the Holy Faith Convent girl’s school about biodiversity, evolution, and conservation. In addition to talking about the […]

Breaking news: camera traps yield first photos of elusive ocelots (a.k.a., “Spots”) in the threatened Northern Range rainforests of Trinidad!!!

Wonderful holiday news from Brasso Seco, Trinidad, where our camera traps have captured the first photos of our target species–ocelots (a.k.a. “spots” in Trini)–in the beautiful and threatened forests of the Northern Range of Trinidad!!! In addition, our latest batch of photos include peccary, ant eater, armadillo, opposum, deer, agouti, Lappe (paca), rodents, and […]

Camera traps “catch” four species of mammals in Northern Range forests of Trinidad!!

Great photo of a brocket deer (Mazama sp.). The latest batch of photos retrieved by Carl Fitzjames and Kelly Warren from our camera traps in the beautiful forests near Brasso Seco, Trinidad, reveals several rarely seen forest mammals: brocket deer (Mazama sp.); crab-eating raccoon (Procyon cancrivorus); red-rumped agouti (Dasyprocta leporina); lowland paca (Cuniculus paca); […]