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New BioFaculty: Fall 2011 Print
Thursday, 22 September 2011 16:04

Josh AuldWe welcome Dr. Josh Auld as an assistant professor in the Department of Biology. Dr. Auld grew up in western Pennsylvania. After graduating from Duquesne University in 2003 with his BS in biology, he began graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2008 he received his PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology; his dissertation research was on the role of natural predators in the expression of the mating system in a hermaphroditic freshwater snail.

His doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh was followed by a year of post-doctoral studies at the Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, in Montpellier, France, where he worked on two projects that focused on the senescence of male and female reproductive traits in birds and snails. In 2009 he began a second post-doc, this time at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, in Durham, N.C. There he worked to compile a large dataset to test hypotheses about the relationship between dispersal and reproductive traits in plants. Collectively, his research interests are in the evolutionary ecology of reproductive traits.


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