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.


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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Positions Available!

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).