6100 Main St, MS-170
Houston, TX 77005
Tom E.X. Miller, Ph.D.
Godwin Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Andrew’s research uses experiments and models to examine the mechanisms underlying variability in the infection frequencies of fungal endophytes in native grass populations.
Michelle is interested in how gene flow (both intra- and inter-specific) might alter evolutionary trajectories of lineages via possible changes in genetic correlations among traits. She is examining this in the context of host-parasite interactions, where hybridization among parasites might change host specificity or contribute to adaptation to new hosts. She is currently using Bruchid beetles in the laboratory as a model system, but also plans to study natural populations.
Brad is interested in the effects of landscape heterogeneity on population dynamics, particularly how patchy landscapes might influence population spatial spread.
Michelle has broad interests in evolutionary ecology, including the evolution of plant mating systems, the impact of gene flow upon plant/mutualist interactions and long-term population dynamics, the role of mutualists at range boundaries, hybridization, biogeography, and conservation genetics.
Senior thesis student
Jo is a Duncan College senior from upstate New York. Her research interests include mutualisms, symbioses, and their effects on community dynamics. Jo’s research experience includes studies of bean beetle population dynamics with Dr. Miller, pond ecosystem studies in Dr. Volker Rudolf's lab, and studies of the human microbiome at Baylor College of Medicine. Her EEB senior thesis project examines potential costs of aggression that nectar-feeding ant species have on their cactus hosts. Although she loves cacti and ants, she also loves hiking, running for the Rice Track team and working at the campus Coffeehouse.
Senior thesis student
Rebecca’s senior thesis research focuses on patterns of sex-biased dispersal in bean beetles. She is testing predictions for the influence of inbreeding depression and local mate competition on dispersal evolution.
Research interests: Squirrels