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Joel G. Kingsolver


Kenan Distinguished Professor

Contact Information

Office: 334A Wilson Hall
Email: jgking[at]bio.unc.edu
Office Phone: (919) 843-6291
Lab Phone: (919) 843-5106

Kingsolver Lab Website

Research Description

How do organisms respond and adapt to complex, variable, natural environments? Our research integrates environmental physiology, ecology and evolution to address this question, using a combination of laboratory, field and modeling approaches. Much of our work is with temperate insects and their interactions with plants, but together with recent graduate students and colleagues we have also studied bacteriophage, echinoderm larvae, and tropical butterflies.  One major theme in recent years is plastic and evolutionary responses to human-induced environmental changes—climate change, invasive species, agroecosystems—and their ecological consequences.