Dr. Ellen Dawley's Research Lab

My over-arching research interests are understanding the adaptations of organisms to their specific life styles (these are evolutionary adaptations).  More specifically, I am working in two disparate areas: (1) naturally occurring neurogenesis, which includes spinal cord regeneration in animals that autotomize their tails and regeneration of chemosensory epithelium in animals that rely upon chemoreception; (2) ecology and natural history of vertebrates in Pennsylvania and the Central American Tropics.  The first research area is carried out in the lab, while the second area is totally field based.