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Eric Palkovacs

Eric Palkovacs


Assistant Professor

831-502-7387 (Office)

Physical & Biological Sciences

  • PBSci-Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department
  • Institute of Marine Sciences
  • IMS-National Marine Fisheries Services at Long Marine Lab

Assistant Professor

Regular Faculty

Palkovacs Lab

Long Marine Lab, COH 246B

Long Marine Lab

100 Shaffer Rd.
Santa Cruz CA 95060

B.S. University of Michigan
Ph.D. Yale University

Freshwater ecology, eco-evolutionary dynamics, fisheries and fish ecology

I am interested in the eco-evolutionary dynamics of aquatic ecosystems. The study of eco-evolutionary dynamics focuses on bi-directional interactions occurring between ecology and evolution in nature. I examine how evolution shapes populations, communities, and ecosystems and how these ecological changes feed back to shape the trajectory of evolution. Because my research is at the interface of ecology and evolution, I utilize a diversity of techniques and approaches. In particular, I combine surveys of genetic, phenotypic, and ecological variation in nature with field and laboratory experiments to test the mechanisms underlying observed patterns. My research addresses basic questions in evolutionary ecology and applied questions in conservation biology and fisheries management.

  • BIOE 155 Freshwater Ecology
  • BIOE 155L Freshwater Ecology Lab

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