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Welcome to the Vertebrate Ecology and Evolution group
at George Mason University

We are based in the Biology Department at the Science and Technology Campus
George Mason University
Manassas, VA (USA)


About us

We recently (January 2019) moved to George Mason and this webpage is currently a work in progress.

Research in the Chiari lab focuses on vertebrate ecology and evolutionary biology. We use approaches and techniques from a diversity of fields, including field ecology, behavioral ecology, molecular ecology, evolution, genomics, and morphometrics. Three of the main research topics addressed by our work are:


1) the influence of ecological, environmental, functional, and genetic factors on morphological evolution within and among species of reptiles.


2) the response of organisms and communities to environmental disturbance due to human impacts (e.g., pollution, habitat degradation and patchiness, climate change) and the factors underlying differential responses within and between populations.

3) the genetic basis of longevity, tumor suppression, and cancer resistance in non-mammalian vertebrates

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