Department of Biology
Biology Faculty Profile
Levi Morran
Assistant Professor
levi.morran@emory.edu
Office Phone: 404-727-7092 | Office Room: Rollins 1029
Office Address: Emory University, Department of Biology, O. Wayne Rollins Research Center, 1510 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta , GA 30322
Lab Room: Rollins 1083
Lab Website

Research Area:
Genetics, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Population Biology, Evolution, and Ecology

Graduate Program Affiliation:
Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution

Degree:

B.S., Indiana University, 2004
Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2009

The primary goal of our research is to identify and characterize factors that either facilitate or constrain adaptive evolution. We seek to determine the influence of such factors on the genetic architecture and evolutionary trajectories of populations. We utilize experimental evolution coupled with microbiology as a means to test evolutionary theory, which allows us to study the adaptive process in real-time at the phenotypic, genotypic, and genomic levels.

Our current research explores both coevolutionary dynamics and mating system evolution as factors that influence and potentially dictate the role of adaptive evolution in populations. Coevolution accounts for a significant proportion of the evolutionary change that occurs in nature, while mating systems govern the distribution of genetic variation within and between lineages and populations. Therefore, both factors are fundamentally important to biology and our understanding of evolutionary change in nature.


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