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Dr. Dean C Adams

Dr. Dean C Adams

  • Professor
My research focuses on the evolution of the multivariate phenotype. I am interested in understanding micro- and macroevolutionary patterns of phenotypic diversification, and the historical and ecological processes that are responsible for them. I use a phylogenetic comparative evolutionary framework to attain these goals, directing our empirical work towards vertebrates, with an emphasis on plethodontid salamanders. I also develop new theoretical and analytical approaches for quantifying the multivariate phenotype, and for elucidating patterns of phenotypic evolution and change.

Area of Expertise: Evolutionary Biology, morphometrics, biostatistics

Teaching: Vertebrate Biology (BIOL 365)


  • B.A., Biology, Franklin & Marshall College, 1992
  • M.S. Biology, University of Lousiana, Lafayette, 1994
  • Ph.D. Ecology and Evolution, SUNY at Stony Brook, 1999