Evolution affects everything in biology, from molecules and cells to lineages and communities. Evolution is the most distinctive property of life, setting biology apart from physics and chemistry. Modern evolutionary biology is concerned with both process and pattern, that is, with both the mechanisms by which changes are produced and with the changes that have produced the vast diversity of organisms that have ever existed.

  • Susan C Alberts, Professor
       Behavorial ecology and ecological genetics of large mammals

  • Sherryl A Broverman, Associate Professor of the Practice
       science literacy for non-majors; science education reform; the interaction of gender, education and global health

  • Nicolas Buchler, Assistant Professor of Biology and Physics
       Molecular mechanisms and the evolution of switches and oscillators in gene networks; systems biology; comparative genomics

  • Clifford Cunningham, Professor
       Evolution and biogeography of marine invertebrates

  • Kathleen Donohue, Professor
       Evolutionary ecology and genetics of natural plant populations, genetic basis of adaptation, gene-environment interactions

  • Sonke Johnsen, Professor
       Comparative physiology; focusing on vision, crypsis, optics, and bioluminescence in the open ocean

  • Katia Koelle, Associate Professor
       Theoretical biology; ecology and evolution of infectious diseases

  • Francois M Lutzoni, Professor
       Evolution of symbiotic systems

  • Paul M Magwene, Associate Professor
       Evolutionary Genomics, Systems Biology, and Bioinformatics

  • Dan McShea, Professor
       Hierarchy Theory, Macroevolution, Philosophy of Biology

  • John M Mercer, Associate Professor Of The Practice
       Molecular evolution, Evolution, Mathematical biology, Morphometrics

  • Thomas Mitchell-Olds, Professor
       Ecological and evolutionary genomics; Complex trait variation; Drought tolerance and food security

  • Alexander F Motten, Associate Professor Of The Practice and Co-director of Undergraduate Studies
       Evolutionary ecology, plant reproductive biology, biodiversity

  • R Bruce Nicklas, Arthur S. Pearse Professor Emeritus of Biology
       Mitosis and evolution

  • H Frederik Nijhout, Professor
       Developmental physiology/development and evolution

  • Juliet F Noor, Lecturer

  • Mohamed A. Noor, Professor and Chair
       Speciation and evolutionary genetics, recombination

  • Stephen Nowicki, Professor of Biology and Dean of Undergraduate Education
       Function, structure, and evolution of animal signaling systems

  • Kathleen M. Pryer, Professor
       Evolutionary biology of early land plants

  • Mark D Rausher, Professor
       Evolutionary Genetics and Molecular Evolution

  • Allen G. Rodrigo, Professor and Director of NESCent
       Computational evolutionary biology

  • V. Louise Roth, Professor
       Morphological and molecular evolution in mammals: size, shape, and ontogeny

  • Jonathan Shaw, Professor
       Evolution and diversity of bryophytes

  • Kathleen K Smith, Professor
       Functional morphology and evolution of vertebrates; craniofacial development, evolutionary morphology

  • John Staddon, James B Duke Professor of Psychology and Professor of Biology

  • Marcy K Uyenoyama, Professor
       Population genetics, molecular evolution

  • Rytas Vilgalys, Professor
       Phylogenetic systematics and molecular evolution in fungi

  • John H Willis, Professor
       Evolutionary genetics in natural plant populations

  • Gregory A Wray, Professor of Biology and Evolutionary Anthropology and Director, Center for Evolutionary Genomics
       Evolution of gene networks and developmental mechanisms

  • Anne D. Yoder, Professor and Director, Duke Lemur Center
       Phylogeny and evolution of mammals, ; conservation genetics; historical biogeography and biodiversity of Madagascar

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