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Morris Laboratory

Morris Laboratory

About Dr. Molly Morris

About the Morris Laboratory

Our lab is interested in the evolution of mating behaviors, animal communication, alternative reproductive tactics and adaptive plasticity. Swordtail and platy fishes (Xiphophorus) provide an excellent system in which to study these topics.

Recent News in the Morris Lab:

Ecolunch | Historical Perspective on Morphological Changes in Swordtail Fishes, Sept. 30

Meredith Fitschen-Brown, in diving gearThe Ecolunch Seminar Series presents Meredith Fitschen-Brown discussing “Historical perspective on morphological changes in Swordtail fishes, Xiphophorus” on Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 11:50 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Fitschen-Brown is a graduate student in Biological Sciences. Join Microsoft Teams Meeting +1 614-706-6572 United States, Columbus (Toll) Conference ID: 846 991 02#

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Posted on 09/01/2020

Profile: Biological Sciences Graduate Students Receiving 2020 Student Enhancement Awards

Brian Waldron is an Ohio University Ph.D. student studying in the Department of Biological Sciences.  He is one of 21 students across the university to be awarded a Student Enhancement Award (SEA) to help fund his thesis research.   Brian’s research is based upon two aspects in species that range across […]

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Posted on 04/29/2020

Seven Biology Students Receive Student Enhancement Awards

Brian Waldron, portraitFrom Research Communications Seven Biological Sciences students are among the 2020 recipients of the Ohio University Student Enhancement Awards program, which provided 21 students with a total of $121,948 in funding for their original research, scholarship and creative work this spring. The Student Enhancement Awards are funded by the Office […]

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Posted on 03/29/2020

CANCELED | Ecolunch | Historical Perspective on Morphological Changes in Swordtail Fishes, April 15

Meredith Fitschen-Brown, portraitNote: This event has been canceled. Ecolunch presents Meredith Fitschen-Brown discussing “Historical perspective on morphological changes in Swordtail fishes, Xiphophorus” on April 15 from 11:50 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Irvine 159. Fitschen-Brown is a graduate student in Biological Sciences. Her adviser is Dr. Molly Morris, Professor of Biological Sciences. […]

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Posted on 03/02/2020

Notable Alumni | Aiden Shearer Developed First Genetic Test for Deafness, Now Seeks Gene Therapy

Aiden Eliot Shearer with children, George (3) and Freya (6), and his wife, Katie.Editor’s Note: The College of Arts & Sciences Notable Alumni Awards honor alumni for broad career accomplishments, commitment to community service, and valuable contributions to Ohio University and the College of Arts & Sciences. Aiden Shearer ’07 Biological Sciences HTC Aiden “Eliot” Shearer developed the first genetic test panel for […]

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Posted on 10/25/2019

Morris Gives Plenary Lecture at International Conference of Poeciliid Biologists

Molly Morris at Conference of Poeciliid BiologistsDr. Molly R Morris, Professor of Biological Sciences at Ohio University, presented one of the plenary lectures at the International Conference of Poeciliid Biologists held in Mexico City in September. The conference meets every other year and attracts biologists from all over the world. Talks include topics as diverse as […]

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Posted on 09/30/2019

Happy Beginnings | ‘Working in Fish Lab Was Incredible Experience for My Career’

Naturalist Adam Hunt with Earl, the Great Horned OwlEditor’s Note: The Happy Beginnings series features recent College of Arts & Sciences graduates who are getting started in careers, graduate school and service. By Adam Hunt ’18 B.S. in Marine Freshwater Environmental Biology Working in the fish lab has been an incredible experience for my career. Honestly, I wish […]

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Posted on 08/05/2019

Students Collect Swordtail Fish in Belize

Graduate student Neil Hamrick collects swordtail fish in Belize.Four Biological Sciences students traveled to the Cayo District in Belize in March to find field sites and collect the swordtail fish Xiphophorus helleri. The students were M.S. student Neil Hamrick, Ph.D. student Meredith Fitschen-Brown, undergraduate Aaron Solitt ’19, and Ph.D. student Anthony Gilbert. “The trip to Belize was an […]

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Posted on 05/15/2019

Biological & Biomedical Seminar | Spanning the Gap: Linking Evidence to Action in Biodiversity Conservation, Oct. 29

Natalie Dubois, portraitThe Biological & Biomedical Sciences Research Seminar series presents Dr. Natalie Dubois discussing “Spanning the Gap: Linking Evidence to Action in Biodiversity Conservation” on Monday, Oct. 29, at 4 p.m. in Irvine 159. Dubois is a Research Specialist with Environmental Incentives. Abstract: A widely recognized challenge in natural resource management and […]

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Posted on 10/01/2018

Morris, Co-Authors Examine Reproductive Tactics of Swordfish at Evolutionarily Stable State

Oscar Rios Cardenas and Molly Morris, portrait of the two of themDr. Molly Morris, Professor of Biological Sciences, co-authored an article in Animal Behaviour that examined reproductive tactics of swordfish at an evolutionarily stable state. Oscar Rios-Cardenas from Mexico’s Instituto de Ecología and Lisa Bono from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University were the other authors of the […]

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Posted on 09/09/2018