Shawn R. Kuchta
Department of Biological Sciences
Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies
Office: Life Science Building, Room 129
Lab: Life Science Building, Room 30
Mail: 107 Irvine Hall
Phone: (740) 593-0224
email: kuchta [at] ohio [dot] edu
I study the evolution of organismal biodiversity, including phylogeography & phylogenetics, species formation, adaptation, natural selection, polymorphism, and biodiversity conservation. I largely focus on salamanders, but students in my lab have also worked on frogs, snakes, lizards, turtles, and even damselflies.
Why species are constrained to have range limits is a classic question in evolutionary theory, Emily is studying range evolution, systematics, and phylogeography in the Cumberland Plateau salamander, Plethodon kentucki.
Brian's thesis is focused on biogeography and species interactions in the Eastern Red-backed Salamander, Plethodon cinereus, including an exciting blend of genomics and field biology.
Marissa is co-advised with Diego Alvarado-Serrano. She is interested the conservation of Lake Erie Watersnakes, including patterns of genetic connectivity among islands.
Senior Analyst & Pace-of-Life Consultant
Here investigating a printout of a draft Ensatina phylogeny, Squiggles spends most of his days eating vegetables and basking under his heat lamp. His favorite desert is blueberries, and his favorite pastime is digging in corners.
I used to keep Squiggles in the lab, but because he is a pet I now have him at home, where he lives with dogs, cats, and goats.