Dr. Christine W. Miller
Associate Professor, Evolutionary Ecology
Dr. Miller works on the causes and consequences of differences in size, shape, and behavior in animals. A major focus of ongoing research is the role of environmental variability in the process of sexual selection in insects. Examples of other ongoing projects by Dr. Miller and her research team include the diversification of animal weapons, the role of phenotypic plasticity in adaptation to change, the interaction between natural and sexual selection, and allocation decisions between animal weapons and their testes. Dr. Miller’s research team primarily uses the leaf-footed bugs (Hemiptera: Coreidae) to address these and other research questions. Leaf-footed bug species have a level of diversity in weapon shape and fighting style that rivals those of the African ungulates, and these species are extremely easy to work with in the lab and field.