Principal Investigator


Joel McGlothlin
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Phone: (540) 231-0046     Office: Derring Hall 4002

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and a member of the Global Change Center. My research takes a variety of approaches to understand the evolution of complex traits.


Sarah Foltz

Sarah is interested in how animals respond behaviorally to novel habitats. Her current research focuses are song sparrow responses to urban areas and the heritability and potential adaptive value of aggression. Sarah is also adjunct faculty at Radford University.


Angela Hornsby


Angela Hornsby

Angela is currently finishing her Ph.D. at University of Nevada, Reno and will be joining the lab as a postdoc in January 2017.

Graduate Student

Tamara Fetters


Tamara is an Interfaces of Global Change fellow. Her research interests include ecological genetics, physiology, and animal behavior. Tamara's dissertation research explores the evolution of thermal physiological in introduced brown anoles.

Lab Manager

Thomas Wood
Phone: (540) 231-6214
Lab: Derring Hall 4030

Thomas is a former McGlothlin Lab undergraduate researcher and the current Lizard King.

Undergraduate Researchers

Arin Davis

Mackenzie Huber

Emily Meeks

Emily is double majoring in biology and psychology. She is interested in behavioral genetics and is currently studying population differentiation in Anolis display behavior.

Tyler Miller

Tyler is a junior majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Chemistry. His main research interests are molecular biology, evolutionary genetics, and evolutionary medicine. He is starting a new project related to our work on snake sodium channels. Tyler plans to pursue medical school after graduation.

Blake Spiers

Emily Watts

Emily is a senior majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Environmental Science and Forestry. She hopes to attend graduate school for Evolutionary Biology. Her research interests are phenotypic plasticity and behavioral ecology.

Lab Alumni

John Abramyan, currently Assistant Professor, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Graduate Student
Julie Wiemerslage

Lab Manager
Eric Wice, currently Ph.D. student, Rice University

Undergraduate Researchers
Kathryn Moore

Joanne Amposta
Merrie Chappell
Anna Curreri
Prabhsimret Dhillon
Christopher Noble-Molnar
Daniel Powers
Alexandria White
Thomas Wood

Anastasia Arkhipova
Andrew Schurtz