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My lab is broadly interested in ecology and evolution as it applies to fishes.  Fishes are fantastic subjects for evolutionary studies because of the great variation we see among and within populations and between closely related species.  My students and I try to capitalize upon this variation to ask questions about (a) how natural and sexual selection vary over time and space, (b) the extent to which variation among/within populations is attributable to genetic variation, phenotypic plasticity, and their interaction, (c) how variation in lighting environments and visual systems alters selection on coloration, and (d) the extent to which natural selection and/or genomic rearrangements are important to speciation.  We are increasingly using genomic approaches to address these questions.

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Research Output

Genomic resources for darters (Percidae: Etheostominae) provide insight into postzygotic barriers implicated in speciation

Moran, R. L., Catchen, J. M. & Fuller, R. C., Mar 1 2020, In : Molecular biology and evolution. 37, 3, p. 711-729 19 p., msz260.

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  • Extreme heterogeneity in sex chromosome differentiation and dosage compensation in livebearers

    Darolti, I., Wright, A. E., Sandkam, B. A., Morris, J., Bloch, N. I., Farré, M., Fuller, R. C., Bourne, G. R., Larkin, D. M., Breden, F. & Mank, J. E., Sep 17 2019, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 116, 38, p. 19031-19036 6 p.

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  • The effects of experimental design on mating preferences and reproductive isolation in killifish

    St John, M. E. & Fuller, R. C., Mar 4 2019, In : Behavioral Ecology. 30, 1, p. 92-100 9 p.

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  • Agonistic character displacement of genetically based male colour patterns across darters

    Moran, R. L. & Fuller, R. C., Aug 15 2018, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 285, 1884, 20181248.

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  • A perspective on sensory drive

    Fuller, R. C. & Endler, J. A., Jan 1 2018, In : Current Zoology. 64, 4, p. 465-470 6 p.

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