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Shawn Kuchta, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Biological Sciences 
Life Sciences Building 260


Education: Ph.D., Integrative Biology, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley, 2002


Research Interest: I am broadly interested in patterns of diversity and the processes that generate, maintain, or limit these patterns. My research trajectory proceeds along two fronts. The first is the interaction between molecular systematics, biogeography and species formation. For this research, I collect DNA sequence data and use it to infer phylogeny, estimate population structure, quantify levels of genetic exchange among populations, and so forth. The second research avenue is predator-mediated natural selection and the evolution of anti-predator adaptations. Salamanders are my main study group, however, I am also currently also working on odonates and turtles.