Evolution Working Group

The Evolution Working Group is a group of faculty and students from the University of Alabama, and staff of the Alabama State Geological Survey. Current members of EVOWOG, departmental affiliations and areas of specialty:


Fred Andrus
Geological Sciences
paleoclimatology; climate change; isotope geochemistry; archaeology; paleoecology; marine organism skeletal growth (fish otoliths, coral, mollusks, etc)


David B. Boles
Psychology
comparative cognition; evolutionary cognition; brain evolution; handedness; language; history of Evolution Working Group


Taylor Burbach
EvoS Club President


Jason DeCaro
Anthropology
Human population biology and health; human ontogeny; life history theory; adaptive plasticity; the evolution of childhood.


earley-cvRyan Earley
Biological Sciences
Animal behavior; mechanisms that underlie behavioral variation among individuals of a population; fishes; hormones, metabolism, gene expression, and neurobiology


EhretDana J. Ehret
University of Alabama Museums
Vertebrate paleontology; evolution and paleobiology of white sharks; herpetology; conservation and evolution of turtles


Joshua Eyer
Psychology


Evans-600-pixels-wideWilliam Evans
Telecommunications and Film
Science communication; evolutionary perspectives on media


David Kopaska-Merkel
Geological Survey of Alabama
ancient reef and mound deposits; carbonate geology; characteristics of hydrocarbon reservoir rocks


Jeff Lozier
Biological Sciences
population genetics; molecular ecology; conservation; speciation; local adaptation; social insects; biological invasions


Christopher Lynn
Anthropology
Biocultural medical anthropology; human behavioral ecology; neuroanthropology; human sexual behavior; cognitive mechanisms of religion.
EvoS minor co-director. EvoS Club advisor.


Alberto-218x300Alberto Perez-Huerta
Geological Sciences
Paleontology; biomineralization; biogeochemistry; paleoecology; research instrumentation development


PetersonErik Peterson
History
history and philosophy of developmental and evolutionary biology from Aristotle to the Human Genome Project; history and philosophy of anthropology from Kant to Marvin Harris


Richard Richards
Philosophy
Darwin; history and philosophy of biology; species and taxonomy; naturalism and value


Leslie Rissler
Biological Sciences
evolutionary biology; speciation; phylogeography; systematics; conservation genetics; biodiversity surveys.
EvoS minor co-director


Brett Smith
Geological Survey of Alabama
aquatic biodiversity surveys; sexual selection in crayfishes; evolutionary theory; animal behavior; evolutionary psychology; practical implications of evolutionary mismatches


Ed Stephenson
Biological Sciences
molecular and cellular biology; evolution of developmental mechanisms; molecular evolution; history
of the Evolution Working Group.
Webmaster.


TullettAlexa Tullett
Psychology
Social psychology; motivational aspects of belief; psychophysiology

 


John Yoder
Biological Sciences
evolution of morphological novelty