The Graduate Program in


All OEB faculty are listed below. To help applicants to our graduate program locate a faculty sponsor, the faculty list can be filtered by four broad research areas.

Click any OEB faculty member's name to view their directory page.

Name Research Interests

Adler, Lynn

Associate Professor of Biology

Ecology and evolution of insect-plant interactions

Albertson, R. Craig

Associate Professor of Biology

Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Babbitt, Courtney C.

Assistant Professor, Biology

Evolutionary Genomics

Bartlett, Madelaine

Assistant Professor, Biology

Evolution of plant development; Molecular evolution

Bellemare, Jesse

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Plant ecology, biogeography and evolution

Blanchard, Jeffrey

Associate Professor of Biology

Climate Change, Biofuels, Clostridia, Microbial Ecology and Evolution, Genomics, Bioinformatics

Brennan, Patricia

Research Assistant Professor of Biology and Psychological & Brain Sciences

Evolutionary consequences of interactions between behavior, morphology and the environment

Bubier, Jill L.

Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Mount Holyoke College

Carbon cycling in northern wetlands

Caicedo, Ana L.

Associate Professor of Biology

Plant molecular evolution and evolutionary genomics

Dorit, Robert L.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Molecular evolution; comparative & statistical approaches to molecular & genome evolution

Downes, Gerald B.

Associate Professor of Biology

Development and function of spinal cord networks

Dumont, Elizabeth R.

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs;

Director, Interdisciplinary Grad. Programs, CNS;

Professor of Biology

Vertebrate Morphology

Holt, Brigitte M.

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Biocultural evolution of the genus Homo, functional morphology and biomechanics of the appendicular skeleton, paleoecology, forager ecology, Old World prehistory, Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene ecology, bone mass and physical activity.

Irschick, Duncan J

Professor of Biology

Functional Morphology, Evolution, and Behavioral Ecology

Jakob, Elizabeth


Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Animal behavior, especially perception, learning, and social behavior

Johnson, Norman A.

Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Biology & Environmental Conservation

Evolutionary genetics, evolution of development

Kamilar, Jason M.

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Comparative biology of primates and other mammals

Katz, Laura A.

Elsie Damon Simonds Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Genome evolution and biodiversity studies of microbial eukaryotes

Kelly, Diane A.

Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Neurobiology, biomechanics, and evolution of reproductive systems.

Letcher, Benjamin

Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

Section Leader, Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center

Population ecology of stream fishes

Levin, Rachel A.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Amherst College

Plant systematics, biogeography and ecology

Ma, Li-Jun

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

Miller, Jill

Associate Professor of Biology, Amherst College

Ecology and evolution of plant sexual systems

Normark, Benjamin

Professor of Biology

Evolution of alternative genetic systems; evolution of host range; scale insect systematics

Podos, Jeffrey

OEB Graduate Program Leader

Professor of Biology

Mechanisms and evolution of vertebrate behavior, bioacoustics

Porter, Adam H.

Associate Professor of Biology

Admissions Committee Chair, OEB

Evolutionary biology; hybridization, introgression & speciation; ecological genetics; evolution of regulatory genetic pathways; computer and mathematical modeling; invasion and range expansion; insects, especially butterflies and moths

Rachootin, Stan P.

Professor of Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College

Evolution and development, history of evolutionary theory

Ross, Charles

Associate Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Hampshire College

Ecological and evolutionary genetics of hybrid zones and speciation

Seidler, Tristram

Extension Assistant Professor, Biology

Plant ecology, plant diversity, invasive plants, climate change

Sela, David A.

Assistant Professor, Food Science

Host-microbe coevolution, microbial genomics & ecology, host dietary influences on microbiota form and function

Sievert, Lynnette

Professor of Anthropology

Evolution of menopause

Temeles, Ethan J.

Professor of Biology, Amherst College

Foraging behavior; Territoriality; Intra- and Interspecific competition; Resource partitioning; Mutualism; Coevolution;
Sexual dimorphisms and polymorphisms

Umberger, Brian R.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Biomechanics and energetics of hominin locomotion

Walker, Elsbeth

Professor of Biology

Director of Plant Biology Graduate Program

Epigenetic mechanisms in plants

Whiteley, Andrew

Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation

Conservation genetics and evolutionary ecology of fishes