evolution, behavior, integrative biology

chasing our interests, wherever they lead

How general is our understanding of social evolution?

How do species interactions shape biological diversification?

How do insects survive on toxic host plants?

How does the timing of birth evolve?

Welcome to the Abbot Lab

My lab works on diverse topics in evolutionary biology, ecology, and behavior. We have worked with insects and plants - on social behavior, symbioses, and chemical ecology. For this we've often taken a molecular ecological approach, which uses tools from molecular biology to investigate fundamental questions about behavior and ecology. We are also interested in symbioses and biological diversification. Finally, we have worked on human pregnancy, in a collaboration with the Rokas and Capra labs, focusing more on genomics. So my interests and expertise are broad and lie at the intersection of these fields. 

If you are interested in hearing more, please reach out. You can read more about the lab here. Have a look at my publications or my Google Scholar page to get a sense of what we have worked on. I have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the March of Dimes, and Vanderbilt. 

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