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Kasey Fowler-Finn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Courses Taught

Evolutionary Biology


 Ph.D., University of Nebraska

Research Interests

Evolutionary ecology of insects and arachnids. Ongoing projects focus on phenotypic & behavioral plasticity of spiders and treehoppers, mating system evolution in Harvestmen, anti-predator behavior, and social behavior in a range of organisms. Fowler-Finn is also working on applying quantitative genetics and function-valued approaches to answer questions in ecology and evolution.

Labs and Facilities

The Fowler-Finn lab has openings for Ph.D. and M.S. students who are motivated and excited about research related to ongoing projects in the lab. Please contact Dr. Fowler-Finn directly for details. If you are an undergraduate looking for research opportunities and think the lab would be a good fit, email with your interest.

Publications and Media Placements

Fowler-Finn, K.D. & Hebets, E.A. 2011. The degree of response to increased predation risk corresponds to male secondary sexual traits. Behavioral Ecology. 22(2): 268-275.

Fowler-Finn, K.D. & Rodriguez, R.L. 2012. Experience-mediated plasticity in mate preference functions: mating assurance in a variable environment. Evolution. 66: 459-468.

Fowler-Finn, K.D. & Rodriguez, R.L. 2012. The evolution of experience-mediated plasticity in mate preferences. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 25: 1855-1863.

Rodriguez, R.L., Hallet, A.C., Kilmer, J.T., Fowler-Finn, K.D. 2013. Curves as traits: genetic and environmental variation in mate preference functions. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 26: 434-442.