Department of Biology
Suzy C. P. Renn
Associate Professor of Biology
phone: 503 517 7967
office: B 124
Fish 'N Chips: Comparative Genomics and the Evolution of Behavior in African Cichlid Fishes.
Through the synthesis of comparative genomics with
functional studies in behavior, physiology, and ecology, I aim to
understand the genomic basis of behavior from an evolutionary
perspective. By understanding the molecular basis of species-specific,
and context-specific behaviors, I aim to determine if similar behaviors
result from conserved, or converged processes of evolution.
The African Cichlid Fishes have experienced an incredibly rapid
recent and repeated evolutionary radiation that has resulted in thousands
of closely related species that exhibit a wealth
of morphological and behavioral diversity despite very low genomic sequence
divergence. In my lab we aim to identify the structural and functional differences
among genomes that are responsible for this rich species diversity.