Andrew Furness 
 Postdoctoral fellow
 Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
 University of California, Irvine




Welcome! I am an evolutionary biologist interested in the evolution of vertebrate reproductive
mode. Across the tree of life there is a great deal of variation in life cycles, life histories, and 
reproductive strategies and I seek to explain this diversity in terms of selective pressures 
and ecological conditions. I work primarily with two groups of fishes in the Order Cyprinodontiformes 
that show remarkable reproductive adaptations: 1) African and South American killifish adapted 
to life in aquatic pools that completely dry out each year, and 2) live-bearing fishes in the family 
Poeciliidae that have evolved placentas. 

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 
at the University of California, Irvine. My postdoctoral advisor is John Avise. I completed my 
Ph.D. at the University of California, Riverside under the guidance of David Reznick.