Dr. Christopher Beachy, Department Head
Professor of Biological Sciences
Ph.D., University of Louisiana Lafayette, 1992
Office: 421C Biology Building
Phone: (985) 549-3740
Office Hours: All days: 2-5 MWF: 9-11
Teaching Expertise: Ecology, Evolution, Zoology, Life History Biology, Amphibian Biology
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.
Links: Curriculum Vitae