Dr. Christopher Beachy, Department Head


Professor of Biological Sciences


Dr. Christopher BeachyPh.D., University of Louisiana Lafayette, 1992

 

Office: 421C Biology Building

Phone: (985) 549-3740

Email:christopher.beachy@selu.edu

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

Amphibian Growth Project

Beachy Lab Page