Profiles in "Invertebrates" Expertise Area

  • Using the honey bee as a model, Regents Professor Page has dissected their complex foraging division of labor at all levels of biological organization from gene networks to complex social interactions.
  • Ronald Rutowski research examines function and percpetion of bright coloration in animals as well as the mechanisms that produce coloration. Butterflies are a special focus of his studies.
  • Astrobiologist, paleontologist, sedimentologist & petroleum geologist He helped establish the fields of Astrobiology & Exopaleontology, redefined NASA's exploration strategy into: the search for life is the search for water
  • Taylor is a theoretical population geneticist who uses mathematical models to explore evolutionary processes. He is especially interested in the biology of soil mites in the Madrean sky islands of Arizona and Sonora.
  • Rebecca Fisher's primary appointment is at the UA COM-Phoenix, where she designed the anatomy curriculum. Fisher studies the functional anatomy and evolution of the musculoskeletal system in vertebrates and cephalopods.
  • Maas is a comparative ecophysiologist who studies the biogeochemical role of zooplankton in open ocean systems and the effects of climate change on these organisms.