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Welcome to the Vertebrate Ecology and Evolution group
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.

February 2015: Austin Ray, Cameron Carleton, and Kaine O'Neal joined the group

February 2015: The article on amelotin evolution in tetrapods has been accepted in BMC Evolutionary Biology

January 2015: Danya Croft and Patrick Odom joined the group

September 2014: The article on the phylogenetic signal in amphibian sensitivity to copper sulfate that Ylenia co-authored has been accepted for publication in Ecological Applications

September 2014: Nickolas Moreno joined the group

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