Eric Palkovacs

TitleAssistant Professor
DivisionPhysical & Biological Sciences
DepartmentPBSci-Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department,
Institute of Marine Sciences
Phone831-502-7387 (Office)
Web Site Palkovacs Lab
OfficeLong Marine Lab, COH 246B
Campus Mail StopLong Marine Lab
Mail100 Shaffer Rd.
Santa Cruz, CA
Eric Palkovacs

Research Interests

I am interested in the eco-evolutionary dynamics of aquatic ecosystems. The study of eco-evolutionary dynamics focuses on bi-directional interactions occurring between ecology and evolution in nature. I examine how evolution shapes populations, communities, and ecosystems and how these ecological changes feed back to shape the trajectory of evolution. Because my research is at the interface of ecology and evolution, I utilize a diversity of techniques and approaches. In particular, I combine surveys of genetic, phenotypic, and ecological variation in nature with field and laboratory experiments to test the mechanisms underlying observed patterns. My research addresses basic questions in evolutionary ecology and applied questions in conservation biology and fisheries management.

Biography, Education and Training

B.S. University of Michigan
Ph.D. Yale University

Courses Taught

BIOE 155 Freshwater Ecology
BIOE 155L Freshwater Ecology Lab