Lab of Evolutionary Community Ecology

Welcome to the Turcotte Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. We study reciprocal interactions between ecology and rapid evolution. We specialize in applying rigorous laboratory methods (e.g., experimental evolution) in field experiments. Using various plant and insect study systems our current projects test how rapid phenotypic changes (both genetic and plastic) can impact species coexistence, how plant domestication impacts plant-herbivore interactions, and whether rapid evolution might rescue species and communities facing disturbances.


– News –

Jan 2019: After a number of years setting up the system and running experiments the first duckweed paper is out in PNAS! Many more to come.

Jan 2019: This year we have undergrads Julie Kerstetter, Shourya Mukherjee, & Rebecca Alvarez joining the lab.

Aug 2018: Welcome Taylor! Our first graduate student. Looking forward to many years of fun research together. 

ESA 2018:  Great science and fun times catching with old colleagues

July 2018: Very happy to welcome our first postdoc Jiaqi Tan! He will be working multiple projects. 

Feb 2018: We welcome Lillian Leak and Julie Everett to the lab!

Dec 2017: New collaborative paper out on what we can learn about eco-evolutionary dynamics using genomics

Sept 2017: The lab continues to grow. We welcome 3 new undergraduate researchers: Kaila, Jacob, and Swapna!

Sept 2017: The inaugural Tree Rivers Evolution Event was a big success! We had 168 attendees from 38 institutions. Great talks, posters, networking, and a fascinating keynote.

Summer 2017: I had a great time on the West Coast this summer giving talks at CSEE (Victoria, Canada), Evolution and ESA (both in Portland). 

Aug 2017: David and Ashley have just given their first poster presentations! Great job and a first for the new lab. 

Long time observer first time twitterer(?): I have finally joined twitter! I will try to restrict my tweets to lab news, science, education, and Pitt. Check it out:  @Exp_EvoEco 

April 2017: The lab has grown! We welcome Josh Armstrong our new Research Technician as well as Ashley Morris and David Conover both undergraduate summer researchers. 

Feb. 13th 2017: I am heading out to the Univ. of Texas at Arlington this week and Virginia Tech, in early March, for departmental seminars. Let me know if you are nearby and want to meet.  

January 2017:  I have started as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh!  Now it is time to grow the lab!

December 5th:  The theme issue on ‘Human influences on evolution, and the ecological and societal consequences’ is now published in Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B.  My colleagues and I have published a review paper and a data paper on the eco-evolutionary consequences of domestication and agriculture (publications).

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