Our research focuses on the evolution of the multivariate phenotype. We are interested in understanding micro- and macroevolutionary patterns of phenotypic diversification, and the historical and ecological processes that are responsible for them. We use a comparative evolutionary framework to attain these goals, directing our empirical work towards vertebrates, with an emphasis on plethodontid salamanders. We also develop new theoretical and analytical approaches for quantifying the multivariate phenotype, and for elucidating patterns of phenotypic evolution and change.

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Dean Adams Dr. Dean Adams

Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-3834
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT and DISCLAIMER: Much of the research described in these web pages is supported in part by NSF grants DEB-1257287 and DEB-1118884, and was previously supported by NSF CAREER grant DEB-0446758, NSF grant DEB-0122281, and supplements. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.