Evolution is heritable change in the characteristics of populations over time. Two major goals of evolutionary biology are to explain the incredible fit of organisms to their environment and the origins of diversity. To this end, we investigate the genetic and ecological mechanisms that shape adaptation with a strong focus on processes that contribute to the origins of species.
Explore the labs of Biology faculty who focus their research in evolution:
Research interests: Experimental Evolution of Viruses
James L. Peacock III Distinguished Professor
616 Fordham Hall
Research interests: Cell Biology of Development, Evolution of Development, Tolerance of Extremes
Grant, Sarah R.
4258 Genome Sciences Building
Research interests: Plant-Microbe Interactions
Research interests: Biomechanics and Animal Locomotion
Research interests: Biodiversity, Biogeography, Macroecology
Research interests: Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics
Research interests: Biomechanics of marine invertebrates and musculoskeletal systems
Kingsolver, Joel G.
Kenan Distinguished Professor
108 Coker Hall
Research interests: Environmental physiology; evolutionary ecology; population biology; climate change
Research interests: Evolutionary Biology
Research interests: Evolution, Ecology, Developmental Biology
Research interests: Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution
Research interests: Evolutionary Theory
Vision, Todd J.
3155 Genome Sciences Building
Research interests: Computational genetics, genome evolution and the architecture of complex traits
Weakley, Alan S.
Adjunct Associate Professor; Director, UNC Herbarium
419 Coker Hall
Research interests: Plant Systematics, Floristics, Biogeography, Conservation Planning, Bioinformatics, Vegetation Classification and Mapping
Willett, Christopher S.
Research Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
2252 Genome Sciences Building
Research interests: Molecular population and evolutionary genetics