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Eric Palkovacs

Eric Palkovacs

Faculty

Assistant Professor

831-502-7387 (Office)

Physical & Biological Sciences


Ecology & Evolutionary Biology


Marine Sciences, Institute of


Assistant Professor


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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