Integrative evolutionary biology and conservation genetics

Welcome to the Edwards lab @ UC Merced!

Our research focuses on understanding how the environment affects the evolution of phenotype and behavior in reptiles, mostly lizards. To do this we incorporate ecological, genomic, behavioral and phenotypic information to look at:


1) How landscape and climatic change affects the evolutionary history of species;

2) How shifts in ecological niche drive phenotypic evolution; and

3) How ecological and sexual selection combine during speciation.


We are also interested in using integrative studies to inform conservation management strategies for endangered and vulnerable reptiles and amphibians. Most of our research focuses on the semi-arid and arid regions of the world. These environments are some of the most recently derived and extreme environments on the planet, they are also expanding with human-induced climate change. Please see our research page for more specific details on our current projects.

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