Environmental Change & Biological Resilience (ECBR)

This research and graduate training group conducts studies grounded in environmental biology and evolutionary genetics, and focuses on how organisms, populations, and ecosystems respond to environmental change. Research areas include rapid evolution and adaptation, landscape genetics, landscape ecology, historical ecology and physiological and developmental responses to environmental stressors. Recognition of ongoing human impacts has created a sense of urgency for research into the impact on and response of biological organisms to climate change, habitat degradation, invasive species, parasites and pathogens. To better understand, predict, and ameliorate these impacts, faculty in ECBR collaborate with a wide-range of faculty from other disciplines, including Geography (remote sensing, GIS, Geology (paleontology, anthropocene changes, hydrology, oceanography), Anthropology (ancient cultures and environments), Environmental Engineering (urban sustainability, abatement technologies), and Environmental Health (stress physiology, toxicology). Additional interdisciplinary collaborations are formed with the Geographic Information Network cluster, the UC Center for Field Studies, and the EPA Breidenbach Environmental Research Center.

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Research Interests
J. Benoit Insect stress tolerance, hormonal regulation of metabolism, reproductive physiology, molecular physiology, transcriptomics, insect-microbe interactions and vector biology
I. Buffam Landscape and ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry of watersheds and surface waters
G. Cameron Behavior/ecology of mammals, habitat quality/fragmentation; invasive species
T. Culley Population genetics of plants, invasive species; habitat fragmentation
R. DeBry Phylogenetic systematics, molecular forensics
D. Grogan Microbiology, hyperthermophilic archaea, genome stability
J. Gross Functional genomics and morphometrics of cave fish
B. Jayne Effects of habitat structure on animal movement
D. Lentz Historical ecology, paleoethnobotany
S. Matter Landscape ecology, dispersal, chemonavigation, in arthropods
K. Petren Landscape genetics, rapid evolution, ancient DNA, vertebrates
S. Rogstad Tropical ecology and biodiversity of plants
S. Rollmann Functional genomics
E. Tepe Plant systematics, including taxonomy, phylogenetics, biogeography
G. Uetz Environmental noise and communication; habitat fragmentation


ECBR Faculty

Research Interests
K. Hinkel , Geography Climate change
J. Lazorchak, USEPA Aquatic toxicology
H. Liu , Geography Remote sensing
L.Liu , Geography GIS
A. Miller , Geology Paleontology