Organismal Biology & Behavior

Duke's Biology Department has a strong history of research and training in organismal biology and behavior. Physiology, comparative biomechanics, developmental biology, paleontology and macroevolution, neurobiology and behavioral ecology are all well-represented, with faculty working in diverse systems (both plant and animal) and on a large range of interesting problems in these fields. Organismal biology underlies and connects with essentially all major disciplines in biology, so faculty and students in this group have strong intellectual ties across the department.

Susan C. Alberts

Susan C. Alberts

Robert F. Durden Distinguished Professor of Biology

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Sonke Johnsen

Sonke Johnsen

Professor of Biology

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Daniel W. McShea

Daniel W. McShea

Professor of Biology

My main research interest is hierarchy theory, especially the causal relationship between higher-level wholes and their components (Spencer, Simon, Campbell, Salthe, Wimsatt). In biology, for example, we might want to know how large-scale processes within a multicellular organism act to control the... Full Profile »

H. Frederik Nijhout

H. Frederik Nijhout

John Franklin Crowell Distinguished Professor of Biology

Fred Nijhout is broadly interested in developmental physiology and in the interactions between development and evolution. He has several lines of research ongoing in his laboratory that on the surface may look independent from one another, but all share a conceptual interest in understanding how... Full Profile »

Stephen Nowicki

Stephen Nowicki

Professor of Biology

Our lab studies animal communication and sexual selection from an integrative perspective that includes a wide range of behavioral ecological, neuroethological, developmental, genetic, and evolutionary approaches. Birds are our most common model system, but we also have worked with insects, spiders... Full Profile »

Sheila N Patek

Sheila N Patek

Mrs. Alexander Hehmeyer Professor

The primary goal of research in the Patek laboratory is to examine the dynamic interplay between evolutionary processes and the mechanics of organisms. Full Profile »

V. Louise Roth

V. Louise Roth

Professor of Biology

In addition to conceptual work on the biological bases of homology, variation, and parallel evolution, my research has focused on evolutionary changes in size and shape in mammals: the functional consequences of these changes, and the evolutionary modifications of ontogenetic processes that... Full Profile »

Vance A. Tucker

Vance A. Tucker

Professor Emeritus of Zoology

Vance Tucker is interested in comparative physiology, particularly the energetics of locomotion, and the interactions between an organism's natural environment and its respiratory and circulatory systems. Much of his... Full Profile »

Marcy K. Uyenoyama

Marcy K. Uyenoyama

Professor of Biology

Marcy Uyenoyama studies mechanisms of evolutionary change at the molecular and population levels. Among the questions under study include the prediction and detection of the effects of natural selection on genomic structure. A major area of research addresses the development of maximum-likelihood... Full Profile »

Stephen Wainwright

Stephen Wainwright

James B. Duke Professor Emeritus

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