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Jonathan Brown


Evolutionary Ecology

The study of biodiversity has historically been conducted within two disciplines, with community ecologists addressing the mechanisms that maintain diversity and evolutionary biologists addressing speciation and adaptation. The goal of my research has been to explore the intersection of these ecological and evolutionary frameworks. I express this goal in two fundamental questions:

  • How have ecological interactions influenced mechanisms and rates of diversification?
  • How have historical patterns of diversification influenced current species interactions?

A better understanding of diversity thus requires the application of both evolutionary and ecological methods. My research has focused on host- or habitat-association as a central factor in mediating the interaction between ecological and evolutionary processes in natural communities of arthropods, including North American damselfly species, and gallmaking communities of flies and wasps.

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Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-3096


(641) 269-4984

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On-Campus Address: 

Noyce Science Center 1204
1116 Eighth Ave
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Office Hours: 

Mon 9-11 AM Wed 3-5 PM Fri 1-3 PM

Education / Degrees: 

Ph.D. 1989, Michigan State University
Postdoctoral Fellow 1989-91, Cornell University and 1991-1994, Bucknell University

Courses Taught: 

  • Biology 150: Introduction to Biological Inquiry, "Prairie Restoration"
  • Biology 252: Organisms, Evolution and Ecology
  • Biology 240: Animal Behavior with Lab
  • Biology 301: History of Biological Thought
  • Biology 373: Mechanisms of Evolution Tutorial: "Evolution and Society"

Primary Academic Interest: 

Evolution and Ecology

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