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Name: St Mary, Colette
Title: Associate Professor Associate Chair
Organization: Biology
Education: PhD, Population Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, 1994
Office Address: 610 Bartram Hall PO Box 118525 Gainesville, FL 32611-8525
Email: stmary@ufl.edu
Telephone: +1 (352) 392-1636


I am primarily a behavioral and evolutionary ecologist. My research interests are in the evolution of mating and sexual systems, the environmental variation that influences this evolution, and the population consequences of the interaction between complex life history and environmental variation. I have primarily worked in aquatic systems using fishes as my model organisms. These basic interests dovetail with current management and conservation issues such as the utilization of novel management tools (such as marine protected areas and artificial reefs) to sustain or recover fisheries. In particular, I am interested in the role of complex life history and behavior in influencing the efficacy of these approaches. Most generally, I seek to understand the interactions among selective forces acting on life history traits and the consequences of those traits for population dynamics and thus evolutionary trajectories.The approaches I use in my work are driven by my research questions. Thus, my work typically includes field and laboratory observation and experimentation and some form of mathematical modeling (e.g. optimality, population dynamic, genetic algorithms). For specific projects I have also reconstructed phylogenies and am currently developing microsatellite markers to estimate trait heritability and to characterize population genetic structure. I have achieved this diversity in part through collaboration but also by seeking out training and other more informal learning opportunities.

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