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Joel W McGlothlin

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences


Postdoctoral Research, University of Virginia, 2007 - 2012
Ph.D., Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior, Indiana University, 2007
B.A., Biology (summa cum laude), Vanderbilt University, 2001

Major Field of Interest

Evolutionary Biology

Current Research

My research program focuses on the evolution of complex phenotypes.  I am particularly interested in the evolution of phenotypic integration, that is, how natural selection shapes groups of traits to produce well-adapted organisms.  I use both empirical and theoretical approaches and incorporate ideas and techniques from diverse fields, including evolutionary genetics, behavioral ecology, and physiology.

Curriculum Vitae

Current Website

The McGlothlin Laboratory Website


  • (540) 231-0046
  • Department of Biological Sciences (0406)
    Derring Hall RM 4002
    1405 Perry Street
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
    United States