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 doryssus. I will be hiring a fossil preparator to collect data from >4500 specimens. Nominally, this is a postdoctoral position but the skill set to prepare these is a precise one so I will also be searching more broadly. Please contact me if you or anyone you know are/would be interested. At least five years of funding. Work will be done at Loyola University Chicago. Project Summary

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

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