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Here we study sex and survival, and their influence on evolutionary change. We investigate how the traits that we see (phenotypes) vary across biotic and abiotic conditions, as well as how flexibility in phenotypes (plasticity) interacts with patterns of genetic variation and environmental features to alter the course of evolution. We explore these questions with experiments using various insects and arachnids.

 
 
 

Featured projects

Temperature variation and mating behavior in treehoppers

Global warming poses unknown challenges to the abilities of animals to attract and find suitable mates. In this study, we use Enchenopa binotata treehoppers to better understand the plasticity of male signals and female preferences in response to temperature changes, as well as their potential consequences for reproduction.

Environmental, Physiological, and Social Drivers of Mating Behavior

The harvestmen of North America exhibit high diversity in mating behavior across even closely related species. In this study, behavior is compared across species, as well as across geographically separated populations of a single species, in order to better understand the determinants and dynamics of mating behavior.

The physiological and behavioral ways that arthropods detect and escape predators

Attracting mates and finding food can be  risky when predators are around. In this study, we explore 1) the types of "sensory cues" (e.g. sight, sound, or chemicals) that prey use to detect predation threats; 2) how individuals change their behavior when a predator is around to avoid detection;  and 3) the behavioral, physiological, and physical tactics that individuals use to escape an attack.

 
 A male  Enchenopa binotata  treehopper (Hemiptera: Membraciade) on a host plant in our greenhouse. In the Fowler-Finn lab, we use treehoppers as a study system to better understand how social conditions can influence mating behavior and how environmental factors can alter mate preferences and signalling. Photo: Kasey Fowler-Finn

A male Enchenopa binotata treehopper (Hemiptera: Membraciade) on a host plant in our greenhouse. In the Fowler-Finn lab, we use treehoppers as a study system to better understand how social conditions can influence mating behavior and how environmental factors can alter mate preferences and signalling. Photo: Kasey Fowler-Finn

 

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 2017 Fowler-Finn Lab group photo. We are a diverse group of scientists passionate about arthropods, vibrational communication, outreach education, supporting diversity in STEM, and having a ton of fun. Photo:  Impact Media Lab

2017 Fowler-Finn Lab group photo. We are a diverse group of scientists passionate about arthropods, vibrational communication, outreach education, supporting diversity in STEM, and having a ton of fun. Photo: Impact Media Lab

 

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