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at the University of South Alabama

We are based in the Biology Department in the Life Science Building at the
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL (USA)

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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, molecular ecology, evolution, genomics, and morphometrics. Two 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, deforestation, climate change) and the factors underlying differential responses within and between populations.

September 2016: Nathan and Miranda joined the group

July 2016: Ylenia, Austin and Nick presented their work at the annual joint meeting of ichthyologists and herpetologists in New Orleans

May 2016: Ylenia got the Gulf Coast Advance Fellowship

May 2016: Austin got a Sigma Xi grant in aid of research

April 2016: Emma and Austin got a grant from the University of South Alabama to support their projects

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