• Eldridge Adams

    Eldridge Adams

    Ecology, behavior and genetics of social insects, especially ants and termites; behavioral mechanisms in ecology; social behavior, territory defense and communication

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    Phone: 860.486.5894
  • Robert Bagchi

    Robert Bagchi

    The processes that maintain biodiversity in natural ecosystems (particularly in the tropics); how human activity might affect this biodiversity; the role of biodiversity in the provision of ecosystem functions/services

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  • Andrew Bush

    Andrew Bush

    Paleobiology, including Phanerozoic trends in ecospace utilization and biodiversity; gradient analyses of patchy paleoecologic distributions; and stratigraphy and extinction in the Late Devonian of the Appalachian Basin

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    Phone: 860.486.9359
  • Janine Caira

    Janine Caira

    Morphology, taxonomy, systematics and evolution of platyhelminths, especially tapeworms of sharks and rays

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    Phone: 860.486.4060
  • Robin Chazdon

    Robin Chazdon

    Functional ecology of plants; photosynthesis and growth responses to light variation; tropical forest ecology, succession and management

    Web site
    Phone: 860.486.4057
  • Felix Coe

    Felix Coe

    Ethnobotany; systematics and floristics of New World Piperaceae; floristics of Mesoamerica and southeastern United States; tropical forest ecology

    Phone: 860.570.9254
  • Jean Crespi

    Jean Crespi

    Structural geology and tectonics

    Phone: 860.486.4372
  • Pamela Diggle

    Pamela Diggle

    Effects of genotype, environment, and ontogenetic history on the development and evolutionary diversification of plant phenotypes

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    Phone: 860.486.4788
  • Chris Elphick

    Chris Elphick

    Avian conservation ecology, especially in coastal and farmland settings; habitat loss, climate change, large-scale conservation planning

    Web site
    Phone: 860.486.4547
  • Bernard Goffinet

    Bernard Goffinet

    Systematics of bryophytes and lichenized fungi; evolution of spore dispersal mechanisms and breeding systems in mosses; evolution of multiple symbioses and photomorphism in lichens

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    Phone: 860.486.5290
  • Charles Henry

    Charles Henry

    Speciation, systematics, Neuroptera, Chrysopidae, sexual signals

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    Phone: 860.486.4450
  • Kent Holsinger

    Kent Holsinger

    Theoretical population genetics; plant population genetics and evolution; evolution of plant mating systems; conservation biology; plant systematics; molecular evolution

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    Phone: 860.486.4059
  • Elizabeth Jockusch

    Elizabeth Jockusch

    Phenotypic evolution; particularly evolution of development and evolution of phenotypic plasticity in basal insects and salamanders; systematics

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    Phone: 860.486.4452
  • Cynthia Jones

    Cynthia Jones

    Development and morphological evolution in vascular plants; plant structure and function; developmental basis of plasticity; developmental phenology and ecology of forest herbs

    Web site
    Phone: 860.486.4150
  • Donald Les

    Donald Les

    Angiosperm systematics; phylogeny, evolution, and reproductive biology of aquatic angiosperms; molecular evolution; genetic consequences of plant rarity

    Web site
    Phone: 860.486.5703
  • Louise Lewis

    Louise Lewis

    Systematics and evolution of green algae, especially terrestrial forms; phylogeny of basal green plants; diversity of desert algae

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    Phone: 860.486.6723
  • Paul Lewis

    Paul Lewis

    Phylogenetic theory and methodology; statistical phylogenetics with an emphasis on Bayesian phylogenetics; marginal likelihood estimation

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    Phone: 860.486.2069
  • Gene Likens

    Gene Likens

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    Phone: 860.486.0367
  • Margaret Rubega

    Margaret Rubega

    Avian functional and evolutionary morphology, especially of feeding structures; feeding mechanics; functional aspects of behavior; ecology; conservation biology

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    Phone: 860.486.4502
  • Carl Schlichting

    Carl Schlichting

    Phenotypic evolution; ecology and evolution of phenotypic plasticity and reaction norms; evolution of plant breeding systems

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    Phone: 860.486.4056
  • Eric Schultz

    Eric Schultz

    Evolutionary ecology, physiological ecology, and population biology, especially of fishes; adaptation in life history traits; ecology of larval fishes

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    Phone: 860.486.4692
  • Kurt Schwenk

    Kurt Schwenk

    Functional and evolutionary morphology of tetrapod vertebrates, especially feeding and chemoreception in lizards and snakes

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    Phone: 860.486.0351
  • Chris Simon

    Chris Simon

    Molecular evolution and systematics using insects as model organisms; rates of evolution related to molecular processes in mitichondrial DNA; reconstructing evolutionary patterns

    Web site
    Phone: 860.486.4640
  • Robert Thorson

    Robert Thorson

    Origin of landscapes, geo-archaeology, history of science

    Web site
    Phone: 860.486.1396
  • Morgan Tingley

    Morgan Tingley

    Global change and quantitative ecology of birds; distributional responses of animals to anthropogenic change (climate, land-use, fire, invasives) and associated conservation needs; hierarchical modeling and ecological statistics

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    Phone: 860.486.2984
  • Stephen Trumbo

    Stephen Trumbo

    Insects, behavior, physiology, carrion ecology

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    Phone: 203.236.9878
  • Peter Turchin

    Peter Turchin

    Theoretical ecology, especially interactions between models and data; movement and spatial population dynamics; complex dynamics in natural populations

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    Phone: 860.486.3603
  • Mark Urban

    Mark Urban

    Community ecology; eco-evolutionary dynamics; microgeographic adaptation; global climate change; metacommunity ecology

    Web site
    Phone: 860.486.6113
  • David Wagner

    David Wagner

    Systematics; phylogenetics, especially of the Lepidoptera; insect behavior and ecology; invertebrate conservation

    Web site
    Phone: 860.486.2139
  • Kentwood Wells

    Kentwood Wells

    Social behavior of vertebrates, especially amphibians; aggressive behavior, mating systems, parental care and vocal communication of frogs; energetics of vocalization in frogs

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    Phone: 860.486.4454
  • Michael Willig

    Michael Willig

    Behavioral Ecology; biogeography; community ecology; conservation biology; disturbance ecology; macroecology; mammalogy; morphometrics; theoretical ecology

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    Phone: 860.486.1455
  • Charles Yarish

    Charles Yarish

    Marine phycology; aquaculture; ecophysiology, phytogeography and population ecology of benthic marine algae and submerged aquatic vegetation

    Web site
    Phone: 203.251.8432
  • Yaowu Yuan

    Yaowu Yuan

    Genetics, development, and evolution of phenotypic diversity; genetics of adaptation and speciation; plant-pollinator interactions; transposable elements and plant genomics; plant molecular systematics

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    Phone: 860.486.5731


  • Adam Fry

    Adam Fry

    Avian population genetics and phylogeography; genetics of host-endosymbiont coevolution, particularly the WolbachiaDrosophila association; identifying best practices in university-level pedagogy

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    Phone: 860.486.4689
  • Paula Philbrick

    Paula Philbrick

    The biology of long-lived macrophytes with a current focus on the importance of associated microbiota

    Web site
    Phone: 203.236.9845

Visiting Assistant Professors

  • Miranda Davis

    Miranda Davis

    Wildlife population dynamics and the ecological interactions among large mammal populations; how large mammal populations (specifically carnivores, ungulates) coexist and how these communities can be managed and conserved in the face of rapid environmental change in a human-dominated world

    Phone: 860.486.1768

Assistant Professors in Residence

  • Michael Finiguerra

    Michael Finiguerra

    Evolutionary ecology of zooplankton, specifically how stressors can affect ecological interactions and evolutionary trajectories; pedagogical approaches to teaching science to undergraduates

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    Phone: 860.405.9051
  • Susan Herrick

    Susan Herrick

    Behavioral ecology and herpetology, particularly interested in social behavior and interspecific interactions; spatial and acoustic interactions between breeding ranid frogs

    Phone: 860.486.5662
  • Claudia Kraemer

    Claudia Kraemer

    General biology, zoology, animal behavior, cell and molecular biology, embryology, genetics, anatomy and physiology

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    Phone: 203.251.8585

Assistant Research Professors

  • Yang Liu

    Yang Liu

    Bryophyte phylogeny, and evolution of organelle genomes

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    Phone: 860.486.6306
  • Cory Merow

    Cory Merow

    Ecological modeling; maximum entropy methods; Bayesian methods; community ecology; plant demography; the Cape Floristic Region; invasive species

    Web site
    Phone: 860.486.5708
  • Jill Wegrzyn

    Jill Wegrzyn

    Scientific databasing and visualization; machine learning; semantic web; ontologies; computational biology; plant genomics; comparative genomics

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    Phone: 860.486.8742

Emeritus Faculty

  • Gregory Anderson

    Gregory Anderson

    Systematics and evolution of vascular plants, especially tropical Solanaceae; pollination and reproductive biology; evolution of domesticated plants; ethnobotany; island biology; island biogeography; conservation

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    Phone: 860.486.4555
  • George Clark

    George Clark

    Integumental structure, behavior, and distribution of birds

  • Robert Colwell

    Robert Colwell

    Community ecology; species interactions and coevolution, especially among arthropods and plants; species diversity and biogeography; population structure, speciation and evolution

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    Phone: 860.486.4395
  • Dorothea DiCecco

    Dorothea DiCecco

  • R. Jack Schultz

    R. Jack Schultz

    Polyploidy and unisexuality in evolution using poeciliid fishes as model organisms

  • Peter Rich

    Peter Rich

    Limnology and aquatic ecosystems; energy flow in ecosystems

  • John Silander, Jr.

    John Silander, Jr.

    Plant ecology and evolution; experimental plant population and community ecology; plant competition; ecological genetics; conservation biology; ecology of invasives

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    Phone: 860.486.2168
  • Frederick Streams

    Frederick Streams

  • Theodore Taigen

    Theodore Taigen

    Physiological ecology; exercise physiology of lower vertebrates; metabolic correlates of amphibian behavior

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    Phone: 860.486.4154
  • Terry Webster

    Terry Webster