Systematics, Ecology and Evolution (SEE) Division

The diverse interests of the 30 SEE faculty and adjuncts, their 55+ graduate students, and several postdoctoral research associates facilitate advanced study of ecological and evolutionary processes  involving a broad range of organisms and habitats.

  • SEE graduate students have access to modern, well-equipped facilities for data collection and analysis
  • Research within SEE is supported by grants from several national funding agencies
  • Results are regularly published in premier international scientific journals
  • Several members of the group serve as editors or editorial board members of important journals and are high office holders in a number of societies

SEE PhD Grads


SEE Faculty List (pdf)

Christopher Austin
Population genetics, systematics, biogeography, phylogeography and physiological and functional
ecology of reptiles and amphibians

Mark Batzer
Comparative Genomics, Genome Biology and Evolution, Transposable Element Biology, Computational Biology

Jeremy Brown
Computational Phylogenetics, Phylogeography, and Molecular Evolution

Robb Brumfield
Avian population genetics and systematics

Prosanta Chakrabarty
Ichthyology, Biogeography, Systematics of Marine and Freshwater fishes

James Cronin
Population and Community Ecology, Plant-Herbivore-Natural Enemy Interactions, Ecological Genetics, Biological Pest Management

Maheshi Dassanayake
Plant adaptions to abiotic stress and comparative genomics

Tad Dallas

Jessica Eberhard

Bret Elderd
Quantitative, Population, Disease, and Community Ecology

Jake Esselstyn
Mammalian systematics and evolution

Brant C. Faircloth  
Vertebrate genomics and phylogenetics

Fernando Galvez
Integrative Fish Biology, Environmental Physiology, Aquatic Toxicology

Steven C. Hand
Bioenergetics, molecular physiology, environmental control of gene expression, comparative biochemistry

Kyle Harms
Population, Community, and Evolutionary Ecology

Michael Hellberg
Molecular evolution, population genetics and speciation in marine invertebrates and fish

Dominique Homberger
Functional, ecological, and evolutionary morphology

Morgan Kelly
Ecology, evolution and conservation of marine invertebrates

Gary King
Microbial Ecology, Trace Gas Biogeochemistry, Physiological Ecology of Bacteria

Laura Lagomarsino
Botany, evolution, plant-pollinator interactions

Daijiang Li
Quantitative Ecology, Statistics, Phylogenetic Ecology, Biodiversity, Phenology, Global Change Biology

Karen Maruska

Nicholas Mason
Ornithology, Evolution, Ecology, Natural History Collections

Sarah Mathews
Biology and evolution of plants, molecular evolution of plant photoreceptors

Arthur Porto (Joint Appointment with the LSU Center for Computation and Technology)
Evolutionary Morphology, Computer Vision, Machine learning, Quantitative Genetics, Complex traits

Fred Sheldon
Molecular systematics and ornithology

Jiaqi Tan
Plant-microbe interactions, microbial ecology and evolution

E. William Wischusen
Vertebrate ecology

Adjunct Faculty

  • Mary Jane Eberhard
  • William Eberhard
  • Gary Graves
  • James V. Remsen Jr.
  • Kevin Robertson
  • Cameron Thrash
  • Lowell E. Urbatsch