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Physiological and Functional Ecology

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We are examining how resource allocation constrains life history trait plasticity, thence fitness & population dynamics, in the face of variable environmental conditions.  Our work uses stable isotopes, feeding experiments, genetics and theoretical models to explore this question.
We use the tools of ecophysiology as tools to understand the responses of species and ecosystems to global changes.
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Chemical communication, especially use of cuticular hydrocarbons, in ants
Climatic impacts on developmental biology of tiger salamander
We presently study the evolution of social behavior and mutualism, emphasizing the role of cooperation, and using cooperative game theory. We are working on the ``social selection project'' to develop alternatives to sexual selection theory and its corollaries. Previous work in the lab has also investigated the evolutionary community ecology of Caribbean Anolis lizards, the role of coupled oceanic and benthic processes in the population dynamics of intertidal invertebrates, and the theory of ecological economics.
Physiological trade-offs and senescence. Theory of effects of caloric restriction and life span.
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