Derek D. Houston, PhD
Thornton Chair in Biology
Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Western State Colorado University
Hurst Hall 143B
Gunnison, CO 81230
I am a biologist who performs integrative research on the ecology and evolution of natural populations. The majority of my research efforts have utilized molecular data to investigate how geological processes and glacial cycles have influenced the evolution of western North American freshwater fishes. I now use genomic data to address important questions in population genetics, co-evolution, and evolutionary ecology in additional taxa, including figs and their associated pollinating and non-pollinating fig wasps.
PhD: Biology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2009)
School of Life Sciences (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
Advisor: Brett R. Riddle, PhD
Dissertation: Molecular systematics and phylogeography of the genus Richardsonius.
MS: Zoology, Brigham Young University (2002)
Department of Zoology (Ecology)
Advisor: Mark C. Belk, PhD
Thesis: Predictors of somatic growth in natural populations of redside shiner, Richardsonius balteatus.
BS: Zoology, Brigham Young University (1999)
Department of Zoology
Minors: Conservation Biology, Chemistry