I'm a behavioral ecologist primarily interested in sexual selection, alternative reproductive tactics, and speciation. Most of my research so far has been on lizards, but I'm fascinated by the idea of asking similar questions in a wide variety of systems.
Currently, I'm an assistant professor in the Biology Department at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta. I teach Evolution and Animal Behavior, and I'll be teaching Herpetology for the first time in spring semester 2017. I'm also developing new research programs with undergraduate students. If you're interested in collaborating or in participating in that research, please contact me at elizabeth.bastiaans(at)oneonta.edu.
Until June 2015, I was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute postdoctoral teaching fellow at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. I spent half my time in Dr. Marlene Zuk's lab in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior department, studying life history evolution in crickets. The other half of my time was spent developing new courses and studying how to best reform existing ones. The HHMI postdoctoral teaching fellow program seeks to incorporate authentic research into undergraduate education by having working biologists develop new courses and learning modules, using methods supported by educational research.
In March of 2013, I completed my PhD in Dr. Barry Sinervo's lab, in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Please see my research page for more details, or if you'd like a copy of my dissertation or publications!