ARIP Faculty Profile

Boston, MA Boston University (BU)

Michael D. Sorenson, Ph.D.

Boston University
ARIP Professor
Professor and Chair of Biology

Website: http://people.bu.edu/msoren

Areas of Expertise

Avian Behavior ecology, speciation, population genomics, and molecular systematics.

The research emphasizes molecular genetic approaches to problems in avian systematics, population biology, and behavioral biology. Current research includes: 1) Analyses of the population structure and evolutionary history of indigo bird population and species. 2) Molecular systematic analyses of the various groups of the various groups of avian brood parasites. 3)  Molecular systematics and population genetics of the waterfowl (Family Anatidae: the ducks, geese, and swans). Please visit my lab website.

Boston, MA Boston University (BU)

Christopher J. Schneider, Ph.D.

Boston University
ARIP Professor
Associate Professor of Biology
Director, Center for Ecology & Conservation Biology

Website: http://people.bu.edu/cschneid/Schneider_Lab/Welcome.html

Areas of Expertise

Evolution and adaptive diversification of reptiles and amphibians; systematics; population and comparative genomics; tropical biology and conservation.
The research combines field studies with a variety of molecular genetics and phenotypic analyses to study adaptation, population biology, systematics, biogeography, and speciation of amphibians and reptiles. I welcome students who wish to purse conceptually similar studies in ecology, evolution, or conservation biology.  Please visit my lab website.

Boston, MA Boston University (BU)

John R, Finnerty, Ph.D.

Boston University
ARIP Professor
Associate Professor of Biology
Director, Center for Ecology & Conservation Biology

Website: http://people.bu.edu/jrf3/FinnertyLab/

Areas of Expertise

Evolution of development, developmental genetics, phylogenetics, evolutionary genomics, invertebrate zoology: coral conservation.
My laboratory tackles fundamental questions in biodiversity using an interdisciplinary approach that combines genomics, genetics, molecular biology, and ecology. The primary researches are coastal marine invertebrates- sea anemones, corals, and jellyfishes.  Please visit my lab website.

Boston, MA Boston University (BU)

Sean Mullen, Ph.D.

Boston University
ARIP Professor
Assistant Professor of Biology
Director, Center for Ecology & Conservation Biology

Website: http://people.bu.edu/smullen/

Areas of Expertise

Adaptation and Speciation, Hybrid zones, the Evolution of mimicry and wing pattern variation in butterflies, Evolutionary Genetics, Comparative and Population Genomics, Bioinformatics.

The research focuses on understanding how adaptive phenotypic variation arises and is maintained in natural population. My previous research has been focused on understanding the origins of mimicry and wing pattern various among hybridizing populations of mimetic and non-mimetic admiral butterflies. Current research efforts in the lab are directed at characterizing the proximal genetic mechanisms underlying examples of mimetic wing pattern variation in butterflies within a comparative evolutionary framework. Please visit my lab website.