Laura R. Stein
Assistant Professor of Biology
*Joining in Fall 2019*
Ph.D., University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign, 2015
B.S., University of Arizona, 2009
My research seeks to understand the causes and consequences of behavioral plasticity, how behavior influences evolutionary patterns, and how experience, in particular between parents and offspring, shapes development. I use an integrated approach incorporating behavioral observation, neuroendocrine approaches, and genomic tools to answer broad questions from both proximate and ultimate perspectives. I use two excellent models of plasticity and evolution, the Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata) and the threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), to investigate outstanding questions in this field.
Current subjects of interest include: