January 29, 2015
Raph's paper on behavioral variation and insecticides was published by Functional Ecology (link)!

January 11-16, 2015
Ned participated in conducting a workshop on statistical characterization of multivariate phenotypes. The workshop was organized jointly by the International Max Planck Research School and NTNU's Center for Biodiversity Dynamics.

November 20, 2014
Ned gave a seminar at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology entitled "Understanding contributions to behavioral variation and correlations".

August 8, 2014
Ned's paper with Niels Dingemanse (link) about how behavioral syndromes can act as evolutionary constraints was awarded the Pitelka Prize for Excellence in Research by the ISBE (link)! The winning paper can be found here.

August 1, 2014
Ned talked briefly about kangaroo mice and kangaroo rats on NPR's Science Friday (link)!

July 7, 2014
Ned's paper with Chris Gienger (link) and Shane Zappattini on frequency selection and handedness in combat sports was accepted by Animal Behaviour!

July 7, 2014
As part of the lab's ongoing collaborative research with Ann Hedrick (link), we've launched the website Evolving Crickets. Evolving Crickets will eventually be used to host videos for ethogram assignments in behavior classes and simulation programs for looking at the effects of correlational selection.

June 25, 2014
Ned and Andy's paper "Multiple facets of exploratory behavior in house crickets (Acheta domesticus): Split personalities or simply different behaviors?" was accepted for publication in Ethology. This is the lab's first cricket paper!

June 6-10, 2014
Katie Preston and Jeff Berens are presenting posters at the 94th annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists in Oklahoma City (link). Jeff's poster is entitled "Morphological differences within and among Peromyscus species"; Katie's is "How are population variability, density dependence, and extinction risk related in mammals?".

May 15, 2014
Raphaël Royauté (link) has joined the lab as a postdoctoral researcher! Raphael comes to NDSU from McGill University where he studied personality variation and behavioral syndromes in spiders.

April 2, 2014
Ned's paper with Cynthia Downs (link) on the use of mixed-effects models for understanding trade-offs and correlations in ecoimmunology has been accepted by Integrative and Comparative Biology.

March 28, 2014
Katie's Policy Fellowship from ASM was recognized on the NDSU webpage (link)!

March 15, 2014
"Quantitative genetics in the wild", which includes a chapter by Dingemanse & Dochtermann, is now available on Amazon (link).

March 7, 2014
Ned is giving a talk as part of the UC Davis Animal Behavior Graduate Group Seminar Series (link)

March 1, 2014
Katie Preston has been selected as a Student Science Policy Fellow by the American Society of Mammalogists and will be visiting policymakers and agency officials in April. Great job Katie!
Research in the Evolutionary Ecology of Variation lab group focuses on the ecological and evolutionary causes and consequences of phenotypic variation. 

Primary topics we address includes
identifying i) what factors maintain within-population behavioral variation, ii) how and why the behavioral responses of individuals are correlated, and iii) the evolutionary and ecological consequences of this variation and behavioral covariance. Within this framework considerable attention has been given to the study of behavioral correlations, typically under the label “behavioral syndromes” or "animal personalities. Our research into syndromes/personalities is directed toward asking general questions grounded in ecological and evolutionary theory.

Beyond just behavior, the presence of within-population phenotypic variation has been found to strongly affect population dynamics. This continuing area of interest nicely dovetails with other topics, expanding research in the lab general ecological questions. In particular we are initiating projects examining small mammal population and community dynamics in tall grass prairie systems.

Check out the Publications and Projects page for an idea about the general types of questions in which the Evolutionary Ecology of Variation lab group is interested.

Dr. Ned A. Dochtermann

Assistant Professor (2012- )
Department of Biological Sciences; North Dakota State University

Postdoctoral Researcher (2009-2012) Department of Biology;
University of Nevada, Reno.

Ph.D. (2009) Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology;
University of Nevada, Reno.

M.Sc. (2005) University of California, Davis.

B.Sc. (1999) University of California, Davis.