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Michael N. Dawson

Michael N. Dawson
Title: 
Associate Professor
Phone: 
(209) 228-4056
Office: 
S&E 1 Bldg., RM 230
Location: 
S&E 1 Bldg., RM 243
Education: 
  • Ph.D., 2000 — University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.S., 1994 — University of York, England
  • B.S., 1993 — University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England
Research Interests: 

Millions of species demonstrate that evolution happens, but few illuminate the process. Professor Dawson's lab focuses on elucidating the origins, maintenance, and loss of marine biodiversity, from molecular to ecosystem levels. His specific interests are:

  • How molecular variation explains and causes differences between individuals, populations, species, and higher taxa
  • How the environment shapes and is shaped by genetic, organismal, population, and community variation

His lab's work scales from micro- to macro-evolution and integrates biological and physical sciences. Topic areas include:

  • Adaptation, ecological genetics and evolutionary ecology
  • Population genetics, phylogeography, biogeography and phylogenetics
  • Speciation, systematics and taxonomy
  • Behavior and morphology
  • Climate change, invasive species and marine protected areas
Media Contact: 
Background: 

Millions of species demonstrate that evolution happens, but few illuminate the process. Michael N Dawson's lab focuses on elucidating the origins, maintenance, and loss of marine biodiversity, from molecular to ecosystem levels.

“We are interested in how molecular variation explains and causes differences between individuals, populations, species, and higher taxa, and how the environment shapes genetic, organismal, population, and community variation,” Dawson explained. “Our work scales from micro-evolution to macro-evolution and integrates biological and physical sciences.”

Dawson can provide expert comments on the following subtopics:

  • adaptation, ecological genetics, evolutionary ecology
  • population genetics, phylogeography, biogeography, phylogenetics
  • speciation, systematics, taxonomy behavior, morphology
  • climate change, invasive species and marine protected areas

Dawson also runs three websites related to his research interests: