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 –

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

I am attending Evolution and ESA this year. If you are going and want to meet please contact me so we can set a time. Double shot of Portland I'll take it!


Please join me at the inaugural Tree Rivers Evolution Event on Sept 9th 2017. This Pitt organized conference aims to bring together researchers interested in Evolution from Western PA and beyond. 


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).