Centre for Advanced Study

at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

David Houle

Houle, David

Title Professor
Academic Institution Florida State University
Academic department Department of Biological Science
Country USA
Contact Information 8503395670 https://www.bio.fsu.edu/~dhoule/
Disciplines Evolution, Genetics
Area(s) of Expertise Population and quantitative genetics, experimental evolution, genomics, measurement theory.

About fellow

I am an evolutionary geneticist who studies the relationship between genetic variation and adaptation. This means that I have been studying evolvability my whole career. I would love to know the answer to the following questions: Why do some traits have more variation than others? Why do some traits evolve faster than others? Is evolution predictable? In my experimental work we use the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as an experimental organisms. Flies are wonderful for evolutionary studies because they have interesting and complex adaptations and behaviors, yet are easily and rapidly reared. My major experimental project studies the relationship between evolvability and pleiotropy of the appendages of Drosophila as a model.

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