The Stuart Lab studies the speed and repeatability of evolution. How do organisms respond to environmental variation? How long does it take them? Do populations respond in similar or unique ways?

We study native and invasive species of Anolis lizards on small islands in Mosquito Lagoon, Florida. We study threespine stickleback in replicate lake, stream, and estuarine populations on Vancouver Island, BC. We study fossil stickleback from a diatomite deposit in Nevada. And, we’re finishing an NSF funded project investigating the response of Daphnia populations to radioactive fallout from nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site.

We combine fieldwork, comparative and experimental approaches, morphometrics, and genetic sequencing.

The lab is recruiting Masters students. If you are interested in joining the lab, please write me.

NEWS: In January 2022, we were awarded an NSF CAREER award to study micro and macroevolutionary patterns in a high-resolution, long-term fossil series of the threespine stickleback, Gasterosteus doryssusProject Summary


Department of Biology
1032 W. Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60660

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(Last updated 24 October 2022)