John C. Avise

Distinguished Professor

Key Research Area

My students and I use molecular genetic markers to analyze the ecology and evolution of wild animals, addressing topics that range from micro- to macro-evolutionary: genetic parentage, mating behaviors, gene flow, hybridization, phylogeography, speciation, and phylogenetics.  We have conducted research on all major vertebrate taxa plus some invertebrates and have studied creatures from marine, freshwater, and terrestrial realms. I have also written extensively about the relevance of evolutionary biology to conservation issues, genetic engineering, various other human affairs including medicine and religion, and the genetic wonders of nature.


Professional Bio

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B.S., 1970, Natural Resources, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

M.A., 1971, Zoology, University of Texas, Austin

Ph.D., 1975, Genetics, University of California, Davis