Department of Biology

Dr. Robert Wood
Dr. Robert Wood

Professor and Chair - Ph.D., University of Alabama

Contact Information:
Phone: (314) 977-3904
Fax: (314) 977-3658
E-mail: wood2@slu.edu
Mail: Department of Biology, St. Louis University, 3507 Laclede Ave. St. Louis, MO 63103-2010

Courses: Evolution, Honors Evolution, Principles of Phylogenetic Systematics, Aquatic Ecology.

Research interests: The research in my laboratory focuses on reconstructing phylogenetic/evolutionary relationships among North American freshwater fishes. I employ primarily molecular character sets (i.e. DNA sequence data sets) in phylogenetic reconstruction, although I also use both morphological and allozyme data sets for this purpose. I am primarily focused on two groups of stream dwelling fishes, darters and minnows.

Research opportunities: There are a variety of research opportunities for undergraduates in my laboratory. These include topics as diverse as population genetic analysis of rare and endangered fishes to understanding morphological variation within and between species. Students interested in careers in academic biology, particularly those are interested in evolution should feel free to stop by my office and talk to me (or my graduate students) about some of the research projects we are engaged in.

Recent Publications

Dillman, C. B., R. M. Wood, J.M. Ray, R. L. Mayden, and B.R. Kuhajda. 2007. Molecular Systematics of the Shovelnose Sturgeons (Scaphirhynchinae) of North America and Central Asia. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 23:290-296.

Ray, J.M., R.M. Wood, C.B. Dillman, R. L. Mayden, and B.R. Kuhajda. 2007. Microsatellite analysis of the endangered river sturgeons (Scaphirhynchus species) from the lower Mississippi River Basin. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 23:304-312.

Kuhajda, B. R., R. L. Mayden and R. M. Wood. 2007. Morphological comparisons of hatchery-reared specimens of Scaphirhynchus albus, S. platorynchus, and S. albus x S. platorynchus hybrids (Acipenseriformes: Acipenseridae). Journal of Applied Ichthyology 23:324-347.

Mayden R. L., R. M. Wood, N. J. Lang, C. B. Dillman, and J. F. Switzer. 2006. Phylogenetic relationships of species of the darter genus Etheostoma (Perciformes: Percidae): Evidence from parsimony and Bayesian analyses of mitochondrial cytochrome b Sequences, p. 20-39. In: Ma. De Lourdes Lozano-Vilano and Armando J. Contreras-Balderas (Eds.). Studies of North American Desert Fishes in Honor of E. P. (Phil) Pister, Conservationist. Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Mayden, R. L., A. M. Simons, R. M. Wood, P. M. Harris, and B. R. Kuhajda. 2006. Molecular Systematics and classification of North American Notropin shiners and minnows (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae), p. 000-000. In: Ma. De Lourdes Lozano-Vilano and Armando J. Contreras-Balderas (Eds.). Studies of North American Desert Fishes in Honor of E. P. (Phil) Pister, Conservationist. Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

J.M. Ray, R.M. Wood, A.M. Simons. 2006. Phylogeography and post-colonization patterns of the rainbow darter Etheostoma caeruleum (Teleostei: Percidae). Journal of Biogeography 33(9):1550-1558.

Miya, M., K. Saitoh, R.M. Wood, M. Nishida, and R.L. Mayden. 2005. New primers for amplifying and sequencing the mitochondrial ND4/ND5 gene region of the Cypriniformes (Actinopterygii: Ostariophysi). Ichthyological Research. 53(1):75-81.

Kinziger, A.P., R.M. Wood, and D.A. Neely. 2005. Molecular systematics and classification of Cottus and the Baikalian Cottoids (Scorpaeniformes). Copeia 2005(2):303-311.

C. L. Morrison, D. P. Lemarie, R.M. Wood. and T. L. King. 2005. Phylogeographic analyses suggests multiple lineages of Crystallaria asprella (Percidae: Etheostominae). Conservation Genetics 2005(7): 129-147.

Berendzen, P.B., A.M. Simons, and R.M. Wood. 2003 Phylogeography of the northern hogsucker, Hypentelium nigricans (Teleostei: Cypriniformes): genetic evidence for the existence of the ancient Teays River. Journal of Biogeography, 30, 1139-1152.

R. M. Wood and R. L. Mayden. 2003. Speciation and anagenesis in the genus Cyprinella (Teleostei: Cyprinidae): A case study of Model III allopatric speciation. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 12:253-271.

Kinziger, A.P. and R.M. Wood. 2003. Molecular systematics of the Ozark Sculpin (Cottus hypselurus) species complex. Copeia. 2003(3):624-627.

Updated 10/31/2012

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