Opportunities for research in the Irschick Lab

"A passion for research"

Postdocs: Contact D. J. Irschick directly for potential opportunties (see contact information below).

Graduate students: Interested applicants (Ph.D or M.S. should contact Duncan Irschick via e-mail or phone (see below). Graduate students are expected to generate their own independent thesis and be productive scholars. For more information about graduate opportunities at U Mass Amherst, check out the OEB website.

-At this point, I am only willing to accept students who already have at least one paper in a peer-reviewed journal.  I realize that this may be a bit constraining, and that there are many wonderful and talented people I might miss, but my own experience with students is that writing tends to be very challenging, and I feel strongly that bringing in a person with experience is very important.

-Please send a copy of your CV, with a list of at least two references

-Please send a brief (100-300 word) outline of your research interests, and why you would want to work with me.

Undergraduates: Undergraduate research is an integral part of the Irschick lab.  Since the January of 2001, we have published many papers (see below) in peer-reviewed journals with undergraduates as either first authors, or as co-authors.  Over the course of his career, Irschick has published many other papers with undergraduates (follow this link for a complete list of publications, including those with undergraduates).  Research conducted by undergraduates varies from Honors theses to independent research, and all undergraduates are provided the opportunity to participate actively in all aspects of research, including designing research projects, gathering data, analyzing data, and writing papers.  The areas of research inquiry are open, and include field and laboratory studies of organismal function and ecology.  Undergraduates are encouraged to inquire about research opportunities.

-Please send a copy of your CV, with a list of at least two references

-Please include a 100-200 word explanation for why you would want to work with me, and in what capacity (Honors, independent study, etc.)

Contact information: E-mail Duncan Irschick (irschick "at" bio.umass.edu), or call him at 413 545 1696.  For undergraduates, please come prepared with a brief statement of research statements, contact information for two references, and a CV.

Publications with undergraduates in the Irschick lab (since January of 2001)

Toro E*, Herrel A, Vanhooydonck B, Irschick DJ. 2003. A biomechanical analysis of intra- and interspecific scaling of jumping and morphology in Caribbean Anolis lizards. Journal of Experimental Biology. 206:2641-2652.

Irschick DJ, VanHooydonck B, Herrel A, and Androsceu A*. 2003. Effects of loading and size on maximum power output and kinematics in geckos. Journal of Experimental Biology. 206:3923-3934.

Ramos M*, Irschick DJ, Christenson T. 2004. Overcoming an evolutionary conflict: Removal of a reproductive organ greatly enhances locomotor performance. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 101:4883-4887.

Toro E*, Herrel A, Irschick DJ. 2004. The evolution of jumping performance in Caribbean Anolis lizards: solutions to biomechanical trade-offs. The American Naturalist. 163:844-856.

Herrel A, Vanhooydonck B, Joachim R*, Irschick, DJ. 2004. Frugivory in polychrotid lizards: Effects of body size. Oecologia. 140:160-168.

Elstrott J*, Irschick DJ. 2004. Evolutionary correlations among morphology, habitat use and clinging performance in Caribbean Anolis lizards. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 83:389-398.

Vanhooydonck B, Andronescu A*, Herrel, A, and Irschick DJ. 2005. Effects of substrate structure on speed and acceleration capacity in climbing geckos. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 85:385-393.

Irschick DJ, Carlisle E*, Elstrott J*, Ramos M*, Buckley C, Vanhooydonck B, Meyers J, Herrel A. 2005. A comparison of habitat use, morphology, clinging performance, and escape behavior among two divergent green anole lizard (Anolis carolinensis) populations. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 85:223-234.

Bloch N*, Irschick DJ. 2005. Toe-clipping dramatically reduces clinging performance in a pad-bearing lizard (Anolis carolinensis). Journal of Herpetology. 39:288-293.

Ramos M*, Coddington JA, Christenson TE, Irschick DJ. 2005. Have male and female genitalia co-evolved? A phylogenetic analysis of genitalic morphology and sexual size dimorphism in web-building spiders (Araneae: Orbiculariae). Evolution. 59:1989-1999.

Vincent SE, Dang P*, Irschick DJ, Rossell J*. 2005. Do juvenile gape-limited predators compensate for their small size when feeding? Journal of Zoology, London. 264:53-59.

Toro E*, Herrel A, Irschick DJ. 2006. Movement control strategies during jumping in a lizard (Anolis valencienni). Journal of Biomechanics. 39:2014-2019.

Bloch N*, Irschick DJ. 2006. An analysis of inter-population divergence in visual display behaviour of the green anole lizard (Anolis carolinensis). Ethology. 112:370-378.

Irschick DJ, Ramos M*, Buckley C, Elstrott J*, Carlisle E*, Lailvaux S, Bloch N*, Herrel A, VanHooydonck B. 2006. Are morphology->performance relationships invariant across different seasons? A test with the green anole lizard (Anolis carolinensis). Oikos. 114:49-59.

Herrel A, Joachim R*, VanHooydonck B, Irschick DJ. 2006. Ecological consequences of ontogenetic changes in head shape and bite performance in the Jamaican lizard Anolis lineatopus. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 89:443-454.

Buckley CR, Jackson M*, Youssef M*, Irschick DJ, Adolph S. 2007. Testing the persistence of phenotypic plasticity after incubation in the Western Fence Lizard, Sceloporus occidentalis. Evolutionary Ecology Research. 9:169-183.

Husak JF, Irschick DJ, Henningsen JP, Kirkbride KS*, Lailvaux SP, Moore IT.  2009.  Hormonal response of male green anole lizards (Anolis carolinensis) to GnRH challenge.  Journal of Experimental Zoology A. 305:105-114.

Gillis GB, Bonvini L*, Irschick DJ.  2009.  Losing stability: tail loss and jumping in the arboreal lizard Anolis carolinensis.  Journal of Experimental Biology. 212: 604-609.

* Undergraduate

Anolis distichus from the highlands of Hispaniola.  Photograph by D. J. Irschick.