Dr. Roger Anderson
Evolutionary Autecology of Vertebrates
My research primarily falls within the field of evolutionary ecology. I am interested in the general question, “What are the ecological and evolutionary causes of the diverse and prodigious abilities within and among the major taxonomic groups of vertebrates?”
My research tends to focus on how the behavioral, physiological, and morphological differences among individuals, populations, and species of lizards relate to the unique sets of ecological challenges the lizards encounter. That is, my collaborative research with students focuses on understanding the integrated adaptedness of behavior, physiology and morphology in lizards.
My field and laboratory research on lizards has included study of food acquisition, predator evasion and avoidance, and temperature effects on locomotor performance, bite performance and risk-taking.
In addition to direct research on lizards, we have performed research on the ecological context of lizards, with studies on distribution and abundance of arthropod prey, perennial plants, and thermal microhabitats.
- Research Statement
- Evolutionary Ecology of Lizards in the Northern Great Basin Desert Scrub
- Lizard population dynamics in a controlled landscape of Florida Scrub
516 High St.
Department of Biology
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225-9160
Office Phone: (360) 650-3992
Lab Phone: (360) 650-7472
Cell Phone: (360) 383-7878
Office: BI 311
Lab: BI 351