ESA-LiCor Podcast Director: Scott Patrick Egan (Vanderbilt)

As ESA-LiCor Podcast Director, I am responsible for organizing and planning the ESA Student Section podcasts with the help of other members of the board and ESA student section members.

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University. I graduated with a B.S. in Biology (EEB) from the University of Texas at Austin and then went on to complete a M.S. in Biology from Texas State University – San Marcos, where I studied the role of local adaptation and spatial variation in resource quality as determinants of the distribution of a gall-forming wasp (Egan et al. 2007. Ecology). My current research continues along these lines as I study the role of natural selection during the process of speciation. To address this issue I use a combination of ecological experiments in the field, greenhouse, and lab along with molecular genetic techniques to test hypotheses on the causes of speciation. I am currently working on a species of leaf beetle that forms host-associated populations on six different species of host plant. As these host-associated populations adaptively diverge onto each plant, reproductive isolation arises as a by-product promoting 'ecological' speciation. (Egan & Funk 2006. Proc. Roy. Soc. B; Egan et al. 2008. Evolution).



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