Rebecca (Becky) Fuller

Research Interests

My lab is broadly interested in ecology and evolution as it applies to fishes.  Fishes are fantastic subjects for evolutionary studies because of the great variation we see among and within populations and between closely related species.  My students and I try to capitalize upon this variation to ask questions about (a) how natural and sexual selection vary over time and space, (b) the extent to which variation among/within populations is attributable to genetic variation, phenotypic plasticity, and their interaction, (c) how variation in lighting environments and visual systems alters selection on coloration, and (d) the extent to which natural selection and/or genomic rearrangements are important to speciation.  We are increasingly using genomic approaches to address these questions.

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Teaching Professorial Scholar, Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Affiliate, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Recent Publications

St John, M. E., & Fuller, B. C. (2019). The effects of experimental design on mating preferences and reproductive isolation in killifish. Behavioral Ecology, 30(1), 92-100. https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/ary150

Mitchem, L. D., Stanis, S., Zhou, M., Loew, E., Epifanio, J. M., & Fuller, B. C. (2018). Seeing red: Color vision in the largemouth bass. Current Zoology, 65(1), 43-52. https://doi.org/10.1093/cz/zoy019

Moran, R. L., Zhou, M., Catchen, J. M., & Fuller, B. C. (2018). Hybridization and postzygotic isolation promote reinforcement of male mating preferences in a diverse group of fishes with traditional sex roles. Ecology and Evolution, 8(18), 9282-9294. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4434

Sauer, E. L., Fuller, B. C., Richards-Zawacki, C. L., Sonn, J., Sperry, J. H., & Rohr, J. R. (2018). Variation in individual temperature preferences, not behavioural fever, affects susceptibility to chytridiomycosis in amphibians. Proceedings. Biological sciences, 285(1885). https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.1111

Moran, R. L., & Fuller, B. C. (2018). Agonistic character displacement of genetically based male colour patterns across darters. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 285(1884), [20181248]. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.1248

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