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Understanding the origins and future of biodiversity

Monday, 2017, July 24 - 10:00
School of Life Sciences
John J. Wiens

Dr. John Wiens is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of Arizona.

Honors and Awards: 
President’s Award, American Society of Naturalists, 2011 (for outstanding paper published in the American Naturalist in 2010) for Kozak and Wiens 2010
BIOS Distinguished Lecturer, Univ. Nevada-Las Vegas, 2009
Kirschner Lecture, Department of Zoology, Washington State University, 2008
Elected to Council, Society of Systematic Biologists (2003–2005)
Elected to Board of Governors, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (2003-2008)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 1991
Outstanding Senior Honors Thesis in Biology, Univ. Kansas, 1991

Research Interests: 
Research in Wiens’ lab  has three main areas: (1) using an integrative phylogenetic approach to address general conceptual questions in evolutionary biology and ecology, (2) the theory and methods of phylogenetics, and (3) the phylogeny, evolution, and ecology of reptiles and amphibians. Within these general areas, we address a variety of specific topics, including species richness patterns, speciation, niche evolution and conservatism, life-history evolution, adaptive radiation, ecological diversification, rates and patterns of morphological change, phylogenomics, and responses of species to climate change.  We combine collection and analysis of genetic, morphological, ecological, and physiological data (in the lab and field) with bioinformatic, computational, and theoretical approaches.