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Kenneth Petren

Title: Professor, Dean of A&S
Office: 155B McMicken Hall
Tel: 513-556-5858
Email: ken.petren@uc.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1994.
  • A.B., Princeton University, 1985.

Research Information

Research Interests

The Petren lab studies speciation, population divergence, dispersal and species interactions in natural populations. Much of the lab's research is in the field of comparative landscape genetics, where molecular markers (like those used in forensics) are used to reconstruct migration, hybridization and population history. Other work explores how behavior affects ecological interactions. Research systems include the adaptive radiation of Darwin's finches and the dynamics of lizard invasions. The lab combines molecular genetics, behavioral experiments and field research in places like the Galápagos, southeast USA and Cincinnati, Ohio.  Visit the Petren Lab homepage.

Ken is part of the growing ECBR group within Biological Sciences.

Research Support

  • (PI), Petren, Kenneth; Uetz, George, New REU Site: Sensory Ecology: An Integrative Approach, National Science Foundation. (DBI-1262863), $193,113.00. 10/01/2013 to 09/30/2016. Status: Awarded.
  • (PI), Petren, Kenneth, March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at CCHMC, March of Dimes. (22-FY13-543), $3,739.00. 07/01/2013 to 06/30/2016. Status: Awarded.
  • (PI), Petren, Kenneth, Evaluating Two Decades of Seeds, Spores, and Tissues in CREW's CryoBioBank: Cryostorage as a Tool for Ex Situ Conservation in Botanical Gardens, Institute of Museum and Library Services. (SRS 008545), $39,936.00. 05/01/2013 to 04/30/2016. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Petren, Kenneth, The Role of Peripheral Isolation in Adaptive Radiation, National Science Foundation. (DEB-0317687), $359,000.00. 09/01/2003 to 08/31/2006. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Petren, Kenneth, March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at CCHMC, March of Dimes. (134263 \ 22-FY 14-480), $7,022.00. 01/01/2014 to 12/31/2014. Status: Awarded.
  • (PI), Petren, Kenneth, March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at CCHMC, March of Dimes. (136184 / MoD 22-FY15-003), $8,281.00. 01/01/2015 to 12/31/2015. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Petren, Kenneth, March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Ohio Collaborative – Theme 1 (YEAR 4), March of Dimes. (137839_MOD 22-FY16-125), $5,400.00. 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2016. Status: Active.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Petren, K. (2013) The evolution of landscape genetics.  Evolution.  (Editor, special section).
  • Parker, P., Buckles, E. L., Farrington, H.,  Petren, K., Whiteman, N., Ricklefs, R., Bollmer, J. L. & Jiménez-Uzcátegui, G.(2011). 110 Years of Avipoxvirus on the Galápagos Islands.PLoS ONE: 6(1): e15989. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015989.
  • Farrington, H. L, & Petren, K. (2011). A century of genetic change and metapopulation dynamics in the Galápagos warbler finches (Certhidea). Evolution 65(11), 3148-61.
  • Short, K. H. & Petren, K. (2011). Fine-scale genetic structure arises during range expansion of an invasive gecko. PloS one, 6(10), e26258.
  • Short KH and Petren K (2011) Multimodal dispersal during the range expansion of the tropical house gecko Hemidactylus mabouia. Ecology and Evolution 1: 181-190. (Cover photo).
  • Short, Kristen H, & Petren, Kenneth (2011). Multimodal dispersal during the range expansion of the tropical house gecko Hemidactylus mabouia. Ecology and evolution, 1(2), 181-90.
  • Brumm, H., Farrington, H., Petren, K., & Fessl, B. (2010). Evolutionary dead end in the Galápagos: divergence of sexual signals in the rarest of Darwin's finches. PLoS One, 5(6), e11191.
  • Petren, K., Grant, P. R, Grant, B R., Clack, A. A, & Lescano, N. V (2010). Multilocus genotypes from Charles Darwin's finches: biodiversity lost since the voyage of the Beagle. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 365(1543), 1009-18.
  • Parent, Christine E, Caccone, Adalgisa, & Petren, Kenneth (2008). Colonization and diversification of Galápagos terrestrial fauna: a phylogenetic and biogeographical synthesis. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 363(1508), 3347-61.
  • Short, K.H., & Petren, K. (2008) Boldness underlies foraging success of invasive Lepidodactylus lugubris geckos in the human landscape. Animal Behaviour 76, 429-437.
  • Short, K.H., & Petren, K. (2008) Isolation and characterization of twelve polymorphic microsatellite markers in the tropical house gecko (Hemidactylus mabouia). Molecular Ecology Resources  3, 1319-1321.
  • Dame, E. & Petren, K. (2006). Behavioral mechanisms of invasion and displacement in Pacific Island Hemidactylus geckos. Animal Behaviour, 71, 1165-1173.
  • Tonnis, Brandon, Grant, Peter R, Grant, B Rosemary, & Petren, Kenneth (2005). Habitat selection and ecological speciation in Galápagos warbler finches (Certhidea olivacea and Certhidea fusca). Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society, 272(1565), 819-26.
  • Grant, P. R., Grant, B. R., Petren, K., Keller, L. F. (2005). Extinction behind our backs: the possible fate of one of the Darwin';s finch species on Isla Floreana, Galapagos. Biological Conservation, 122(3), 499, 503.
  • Tonnis, B., Grant, P.R., Grant, B.R., & Petren, K (2005). Habitat selection and ecological speciation in the Galápagos warbler finches Certhidea fusca and C. olivacea. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B, 272, 819-826.
  • Grant, P.R., Grant, B.R., & Petren, K (2005). Hybridization in the recent past. American Naturalist, 166, 56-57.
  • Petren, K., Grant, B.R., Grant, P.R., & Keller, L.F. (2005). Comparative landscape genetics and the adaptive radiation of Darwin’s finches: the role of peripheral isolation. Molecular Ecology, 14, 2943-2957.
  • Grant, P.R., Grant, B.R., Petren, K., & Keller, L.F. (2004). Extinction behind our backs: the possible fate of one of the Darwin's finch species on Isla Floreana, Galápagos. Biological Conservation, 122, 499-503.
  • Gee, J., Calkins, J.D., & Petren, K. (2003). Characterization of microsatellites from two quail, Callipepla californica and C. gambeli. Molecular Ecology Notes, 3, 35-36.
  • Wilmhoff, C.D., Csepeggi, C.E., & Petren, K. (2003). Characterization of dinucleotide microsatellite markers in the parthenogenetic mourning gecko (Lepidodactylus lugubris). Molecular Ecology Notes, 3, 400-402.
  • Grant, P.R., Grant, B.R., Keller, L.F., Markert, J.A., & Petren, K. (2003). Inbreeding and interbreeding of Darwin's finches. Evolution, 57, 2911-2916.
  • Keller, L. F., Grant, P. R., Grant, B. R., Petren, K. (2002). Environmental conditions affect the magnitude of inbreeding depression in survival of Darwin';s finches. Evolution, 56(6), 1229, 1239.
  • Mayer, A. L., Petren, K., Shelton, A., Cramer, M. J., Keane, B., Markert, J., Heath, B., Maurer, E., Roberts, J. A., Tonnis, B. (2002). Scaling natal dispersal distances: Confounding factors. Conservation Ecology, 6(1), r8, r8.
  • Keller, L. F., Grant, P. R., Grant, B. R., Petren, K. (2001). Heritability of morphological traits in Darwin';s Finches: misidentified paternity and maternal effects. Heredity, 87, 325, 336.
  • Grant, P. R., Grant, B. R., Petren, K. (2001). A population founded by a single pair of individuals: establishment, expansion, and evolution. Genetica, 112, 359, 382.
  • Grant, P. R., Grant, B. R., Petren, K. (2000). The allopatric phase of speciation: the sharp-beaked ground finch (Geospiza difficilis) on the Galapagos islands. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 69(3), 287, 317.
  • Grant, P. R., Grant, B. R., Petren, K. (2000). Vocalizations of Darwin's Finch relatives. Ibis, 142(4), 680, 682.
  • Grant, P. R., Grant, B. R., Keller, L. F., Petren, K. (2000). Effects of El Nino events on Darwin';s finch productivity. Ecology, 81(9), 2442, 2457.
  • Petren, K., Grant, B. R., Grant, P. R. (1999). A phylogeny of Darwin';s finches based on microsatellite DNA length variation. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences, 266(1417), 321, 329.
  • Petren, K., Grant, B. R., Grant, P. R. (1999). Low extrapair paternity in the cactus finch (Geospiza scandens). Auk, 116(1), 252, 256.
  • Hanley, K. A., Petren, K., Case, T. J. (1998). An experimental investigation of the competitive displacement of a native gecko by an invading gecko: no role for parasites. Oecologia, 115(1-2), 196, 205.
  • Petren, K., Case, T. J. (1998). Habitat structure determines competition intensity and invasion success in gecko lizards. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 95(20), 11739, 11744.
  • Petren, K. (1998). Microsatellite primers from Geospiza fortis and cross-species amplification in Darwin';s finches. Molecular ecology, 7(12), 1782, 1784.
  • Petren, K., Case, T. J. (1997). A phylogenetic analysis of body size evolution and biogeography in Chuckwallas (Sauromalus) and other iguanines. Evolution, 51(1), 206, 219.
  • Petren, K., Case, T. J. (1996). An experimental demonstration of exploitation competition in an ongoing invasion. Ecology, 77(1), 118, 132.
  • Irschick, D. J., Austin, C. C., Petren, K., Fisher, R. N., Losos, J. B., Ellers, O. (1996). A comparative analysis of clinging ability among pad-bearing lizards. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 59(1), 21, 35.
  • Case, T. J., Bolger, D. T., Petren, K. (1994). Invasions and Competitive Displacement among House Geckos in the Tropical Pacific. Ecology, 75(2), 464, 477.
  • Petren, K., Bolger, D. T., Case, T. J. (1993). Mechanisms in the Competitive Success of an Invading Sexual Gecko Over an Asexual Native. Science, 259(5093), 354, 358.

Encyclopedia Article

  • Petren, K. (2010) Galapagos Finches, in Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia
  • Farrington, H. & Petren, K. (2009). Darwin's finches of the Galápagos.Encyclopedia of Islands, pp. 352-356.
  • Petren, K. (2001) The concepts of the habitat and the niche.  In:The Encyclopedia of Biodiversity.  S. A. Levin, Ed. Academic Press, San Diego. pp. 303-315.

Review

  • Petren, K. (2002) Putting ecology back into evolution. Review of The Ecology of Adaptive Radiation, D. Schluter. Ecology 83: 591-592.
  • Petren, K. (1999) The rising tide of mechanisms in experimental ecology. Review ofExperimental Ecology: issues and perspectives, W. J. Resetarits,  Jr. and J. Bernardo, eds., Oxford. Ecology 80:1097-1098.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2006Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, Dept. Biological Sciences.
  • 2000 to 2006, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Dept. Biological Sciences.
  • 2011 to Present, Department Head, U. Cincinnati.

Post Graduate training and Education

  • 1997 to 1999, NSF/SLOAN Postdoctoral Fellowship, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.
  • 1994 to 1995, Postdoctoral Researcher, NSF., University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA.

Courses Taught

  • BIOL/EVST Field Studies
    BIOL/EVST Field Studies
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 09A
    Comments: Field trip with 14 students to Galapagos 14 days; Field research projects developed and executed.
  • 15-BIOL-765 DATA ANALYSIS BIOL
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 10S

  • 15-BIOL-765 DATA ANALYSIS BIOL
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 10A

  • 15-BIOL-303 ECOLOGY
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 07S

  • 15-BIOL-906 GRAD TOPICS IN BIOL
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 03A