Supported Groups

Evolution Working Group Mission and Members

The Evolution Working Group is an interdisciplinary network of researchers dedicated to the understanding and application of evolutionary processes. Members of the group conduct basic research in evolutionary theory as well as apply evolutionary thinking to address complex problems as diverse as invasive species, developing treatments for complex diseases, understanding social constructs, and increasing scientific literacy. The aim of the group is to improve research, teaching, and outreach through cross-disciplinary collaboration. The group includes faculty and students from a diversity of departments across USF campus in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, the College of Public Health, and the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Members of the Evolution Working Group:


College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Anthropology

Jonathan Bethard, Assistant Professor
Zachary Caple, Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar
Lorena Madrigal, Professor
Elizabeth Miller, Assistant Professor & Undergraduate Director
Charles Stanish, Professor & Executive Director, IASCE

Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology

James Garey, Professor

Department of Integrative Biology

Valerie Harwood, Professor & Chair
Ryan Carney, Assistant Professor
Stephen Deban, Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director
Nicholas Kooyers, Postdoctoral Research Associate
David Lewis, Associate Professor
Christina Richards, Assistant Professor & Director of Evolution Working Group, IASCE
Loren Sackett, Assistant Professor
Kathleen Scott, Associate Professor

Department of History

Adriana Novoa, Associate Professor

Philosophy Department

Alex Levine, Professor & Chair
Martin Schönfeld, Professor

Department of Psychology

Toru Shimizu, Professor & Chair

School of Geosciences

Jen Bright, Assistant Professor
Greg Herbert, Associate Professor & Director, IASCE
Sarah Sheffield, Assistant Professor


College of Engineering / Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Alessio Gaspar, Associate Professor

USF Health / Department of Global Health

John Adams, Distinguished Professor
Rays H.Y. Jiang, Assistant Professor

USF Tampa Library 

Meghan Cook, Coordinator of Library Operations