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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Want to meet? Upcoming seminars:  TREE (Pitt, Sept 9th), Science 2017 (Pitt, Oct 20th), MELD (Pitt, Nov 28th), U. of California Riverside (Nov 2nd) & Rutgers (Nov 16th). In Winter 2017 I head to Williams and Mary (Feb 23rd), ETH Zurich (Feb 26th), & Case Western (March 8th).

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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