As evolutionary biologists we seek to understand the fundamental principles that explain how change occurs in life over the course of time. Speciation, one of the cornerstones of Darwinian theory, is the process whereby one gene pool is divided into two. Our research elucidates sympatric speciation or the dividing of gene pools in the absence of geographic or physical isolation, and in the face of gene flow. We use a multidisciplinary research strategy that utilizes molecular biology, field ecology, and population genetics to address the question of how two populations of a species develop into two distinct species.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Feder lab is looking for undergraduates excited to get involved in evolutionary biology research starting Fall 2017! Please email Meredith Doellman for more information.

Research News

Grad student Cheyenne Tait’s work on the neurological basis of olfactory preference in Rhagoletis pomonella is now online in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Take a look!

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On May 16, 2016, Glen Hood successfully defended his dissertation, “Sequential Divergence and the Multiplicative Origin of Community Diversity.” Congratulations Dr. Hood!

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Our lab is actively recruiting prospective students who share similar research interests. Contact Prof. Feder at