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Christopher Beachy

We work on two related areas: (1) life history biology and (2) metamorphosis. 80% of animal species have a life history that includes a metamorphosis. We use surveys and experiments with amphibians that allow us to understand the relationship between metamorphosis and life history evolution.

We perform several kinds of studies but in particular we use (1) time-series collections of animals that allow us to elucidate life history parameters like growth rate, size/age at metamorphosis, and size/age at sexual maturation and (2) laboratory growth experiment with amphibian larvae wherein environmental variables that affect growth are manipulated and the outcome on timing and size at metamorphosis are observed.

Websites:
http://www.southeastern.edu/acad_research/depts/biol/faculty/directory/beachy.html
and
http://msubiology.org/amphibiangrowthproject/

Contact Information
Dr. Christopher Beachy
Professor and Head
Dept. Biological Sciences
Editor, Copeia
Southeastern Louisiana University
Hammond, LA 70402
christopher.beachy@selu.edu
copeia@selu.edu
985-549-3741
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