Shane Campbell-Staton

Assistant Professor

Life Sciences Building 3323B

Ph.D, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
B.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Rochester

I am an evolutionary biologist who studies how climate shapes demographic history and adaptation over prehistoric and contemporary time periods. I combine comparative physiology, genomics, field experimentation and environmental niche modeling to understand how novel environments produce phenotypic and genetic differences between lineages. With these techniques, my current research explores fitness related traits of wide-ranging species across environmental clines. A major goal of my research is to understand how complex phenotypes respond to anthropogenic climate change. Human modifications to the natural world present extreme and novel environments for many species around the globe, providing contemporary experiments to test hypotheses regarding climate-mediated evolution and adaptation. I believe the study of evolution in response to human-mediated environmental change is key to understanding, predicting and mitigating deleterious effects of such events.


Campbell-Staton SC, Bare A*, Losos JB, Cheviron ZC, “Physiological and regulatory underpinnings of geographic variation in reptilian cold tolerance across a latitudinal cline”, Molecular Ecology, 27(9):2243 – 2255 (2018)

Campbell-Staton SC, Z.A. Cheviron, N. Rochette, J. Catchen, J.B. Losos, and S.V. Edwards, “Winter storms drive rapid phenotypic, regulatory, and genomic shifts in the green anole lizard”, Science, 357:495 – 498 (2017)

Campbell-Staton SC, Edwards SV and Losos JB, “Climate-mediated adaptation after mainland colonization of an ancestrally subtropical island lizard, Anolis carolinensis”, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 29(11):2168 – 2180 (2016)

Jaffe AL, Campbell-Staton SC and Losos JB, “Geographic variation in morphology and its environmental correlates in a widespread North American lizard, Anolis carolinensis (Squamata: Polychrotidae)”, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 117(4):760 – 774 (2016)

Campbell-Staton SC, RM Goodman, N Backstrom, SV Edwards, JB Losos, and JJ Kolbe, “Out of Florida: mtDNA reveals patterns of migration and Pleistocene range expansion of the Green Anole lizard (Anolis carolinensis)”, Ecology and Evolution, 2(9):2274 – 2284 (2012)