Associate Professor & Dept. Head
Philosophy - Affiliate Faculty
Biological Sciences - Tenure-Track Faculty
802 Rieveschl Hall
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1994.
A.B., Princeton University, 1985.
The Petren lab uses a broad range of approaches to understand speciation, population divergence, dispersal and species interactions in natural populations of vertebrates. Major contributions are in the field of comparative landscape genetics, where molecular markers (like those used in forensics) are used to trace or ancestry and population history; and in the field of behavioral mechanisms of ecological interactions, where invasive species are used as model systems. Research areas include evolution and adaptive radiation of Darwin's finches and the dynamics and consequences of lizard invasions. The Petren lab combines molecular genetic techniques. laboratory experiments of behavior and manipulative field experiments to understand population divergence and ecological species interactions. Field research is conducted on the remote islands of the Galápagos archipelago, South America, the tropical Pacific, the southeastern USA, and right here in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information, Visit the Petren Lab homepage.
Ken is part of the growing Integrative Behavior group within Biological Sciences.