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Dr. Dean C Adams

Dr. Dean C Adams

  • Distinguished Professor
Dean Adams is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University. Adams is a theoretical evolutionary biologist interested in the macroevolution of multivariate phenotypes. He develops new analytical tools for quantifying multivariate phenotypes (geometric morphometrics), new statistical permutation approaches for high-dimensional data, and new phylogenetic comparative methods for multivariate phenotypes. His empirical work focuses largely on morphological evolution in vertebrates. He has authored ~135 publications, is the primary author of the popular software R-package geomorph, and co-author of the R-package RRPP. Adams was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2018, and was awarded the Rohlf Medal in 2019.

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315 Bessey
2200 Osborn Dr.


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