Price Lab - University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Donald K. Price, Ph.D.

Professor and Director
School of Life Sciences
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Welcome and Aloha!

My group is fascinated by the evolution of species and the interplay between local adaptation and speciation, behavioral and physiological mechanisms, ecological and environmental diversity & genetic basis of traits and genome evolution. The Hawaiian Islands are an ideal location to investigate the ecology and evolution of species because there are amazingly high numbers of endemic species that are found across the highly heterogenous environments of these islands. We mostly study animals with wings - birds, bat and insects. Currently, we work with Hawaiian Drosophila, a highly species-rich group (800+ species), Carabid Beetles, the Nene - Hawaiian Goose, and the Hawaiian Hoary Bat. We also study plants, microbes and other interesting taxa in collaboration with other research groups. To see more about the people in our lab, our research interests, publications and grants to support these activities please follow the links on the sidebar.  Now considering projects in southern Nevada. . . 

Are you Interested in joining the Lab?

We are always looking for people who have a fascination with genetics, evolution, ecology, behavior, and physiology as it relates to the projects we have ongoing. Please contact anyone of us and discuss your interests.  Undergraduate students are welcome to assist in projects with the potential to develop your own project. Students interested in pursuing MS or PhD degrees can apply to the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas ( We have several ways you can be involved in the lab:  volunteer, directed studies for credit, and paid student, technician, and post-doctoral positions.


  • Cassandra Dasmarinas joins the lab - 31 October 2016  
    Posted Nov 1, 2016, 4:38 PM by Donald Price
  • New Faces at UNLV - 17 October 2016 New Faces at UNLV article
    Posted Nov 1, 2016, 4:40 PM by Donald Price
  • Flies Arrived at UNLV - 10 October 2016 We are beginning to establish Hawaiian picture-winged Drosophila at UNLV! There are Temperature and Humidity challenges to be overcome!
    Posted Nov 1, 2016, 4:45 PM by Donald Price
  • Elizabeth Jones joins the lab at UNLV - 23 September 2016
    Posted Nov 1, 2016, 4:38 PM by Donald Price
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