MARTIN TURCOTTE - A.K.A. ‘MART’
Dept. of Biological Sciences, 203 Clapp Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA 15260-3929
I am fascinated by evolutionary change. The extent and complexity of adaptions as well as the speed at which evolution can occur is truly remarkable. My research experimentally test how such evolution is driven by and is a driver of ecological dynamics and species interactions.
My scientific career began at McGill studying adaptation in green algae and on stickleback gene flow in British Columbia. I then joined David Reznick and Daniel Hare at the University of California Riverside for my Ph.D.. There using experimental evolution in the field, I showed that rapid aphid evolution significantly alters concurrent population dynamics. In 2011, I began a postdoc with Marc Johnson at the University of Toronto at Mississauga working on plant-herbivore interactions and plant domestication. In 2014, I joined Jonathan Levine’s lab as an independent ACE postdoc at ETH in Zurich Switzerland working on the impacts of phenotypic plasticity and species coexistence. There I began working on Duckweed as a model system for Evolutionary Community Ecology. In 2017 I joined Pitt as an Assistant Professor where I intend to share my love of evolutionary-ecology with the current and next generations.
Joshua Armstrong - - - Research Technician
I have always been very intrigued with ecology and evolution. I graduated from Penn State Behrend in 2015 with a degree in Biology with a focus in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. Yes, I am a huge Penn State fan and I bleed blue and white but I also think Pitt is a great university. While I was undergrad, I did research on bacterial communities in wetlands and I also worked on an insect genetic barcoding research project. Aside from biology, I’m a huge nerd and I love music. I’ve lived in Western PA my whole life and really excited to do field work all over the surrounding area. I am really excited to be part of this lab and really enjoy helping research duckweed both in the lab and the field.
I am a senior Ecology and Evolution major. Upon graduation I want to work with the conservation of native tree species. I like watching hockey and taking hikes around the Pittsburgh parks.
Blurb. Molecular Biology- Biochemistry Major , Pitt 2019
Lab mascot and collector of rubs and treats.