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 is interested in understanding how species adapt to environmental stressors. Her previous work involved biogeography and evolution of rodents. Angela is currently studying the evolution of toxin resistance in birds, lizards, and snakes.

Graduate Students

tamaraTamara 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.

Undergraduate Researchers

Rob Hadad

Maeghan Klinker

Maeghan Klinker

Maeghan is a junior double-majoring in Wildlife Conservation and English Literature. Her research interests are behavioral ecology and coevolution.

Tyler Miller

Tyler is a senior majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Chemistry. His main research interests are molecular biology, evolutionary genetics, and evolutionary medicine. His research project involves the evolution of sodium channels in snakes. Tyler plans to pursue medical school after graduation.

Madison Thammavong

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

Graduate Student
Julie Wiemerslage

Lab Managers

Thomas Wood


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

Undergraduate Researchers
Arin Davis

Mackenzie Huber
Emily Meeks
Emily Watts, currently Ph.D. Student, Ohio University

Kathryn Moore
Blake Spiers

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

Anastasia Arkhipova
Andrew Schurtz