Cameron Ghalambor

Cameron GhalamborProfessor
Office: Biology 312
Phone: 970-491-2759
Education: Ph.D., University of Montana
Email: Cameron.Ghalambor@ColoState.EDU

I am interested in questions at the interface of evolutionary, behavioral, and physiological ecology. My research interests are generally concerned with the empirical study of adaptation in natural populations. Current research questions include: 1) the role of phenotypic plasticity in adaptive evolution, 2) the evolutionary and physiological ecology of species range limits, 3) the evolution of thermal tolerance and life histories in temperate and tropical organisms, and 4) the consequences of rapid evolution for conservation and management.  My students and I use a diversity of research methods that span field and laboratory experiments, and we often take a comparative approach that compares different species and populations. While the research in my lab is focused on simultaneously testing and developing theory, we also seek to apply our work to conservation problems. I am interested in graduate students who share a similar motivation.

Selected Publications

Ghalambor, C. K, Hoke, K. L, Ruell, E. W., Fisher, E. K., Reznick, D. N., and K. A. Hughes. 2015. Non-adaptive plasticity potentiates rapid adaptive evolution of gene expression in nature. Nature. In press.

Ruell, E.W., Hawkins, C.L., Handelsman, C.A., Sofaer, H. R., Ghalambor, C.K. and L. Angeloni. 2013. Fear, food, and sexual ornamentation: plasticity of colour development in Trinidadian guppies. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B: Biological Sciences. 280: 20122019

Torres-Dowdall, J., Handelsman, C., and C. K. Ghalambor. 2012. Local adaptation and the evolution of phenotypic plasticity in Trinidadian guppies (Poecilia reticulata). Evolution. 66: 3432-3443

Torres-Dowdall, J., Handelsman, C., Auer, S.K., Reznick, D.N. and C. K. Ghalambor. 2012. Fine scale local adaptation in life histories along a continuous environmental gradient in Trinidadian guppies (Poecilia reticulata). Functional Ecology. 26: 616-627.

Ghalambor C.K., Angeloni, L. and Carroll, S. P. 2010.  Behavior as phenotypic plasticity.  In Evolutionary Behavioral Ecology (e.d. C. Fox and D. Westneat). Pp. 90-107.  Oxford University Press, New York.

Horton, B., Yoon, J., Ghalambor, C.K., Moore, I. T., and T. S. Sillett. 2010. Seasonal and population variation in testosterone levels between male orange-crowned warblers (Vermivora celata) breeding in Alaska and California. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 168: 333-339.

Mykles, D.L., Ghalambor, C.K., Stillman, J.H., and L. Tomanek. 2010. Grand Challenges in Comparative Physiology: Integration Across Disciplines and Levels of Biological Organization. Integrative and Comparative Biology 50: 6-16.

Gaston, K. J. S.L. Chown, P. Calosi, J. Bernardo, D.T. Bilton, A. Clarke, S. Clusella-Trullas, C.K. Ghalambor, M. Konarzewski, L.S. Peck, W.P. Porter, H.O. Pörtner, E.L. Rezende, P. M. Schulte, J. Stillman, J.S. Terblanche, and M. van Kleunen.  2009. Macrophysiology: A conceptual re-unification. American Naturalist. 174: 595-612.

Huizinga, M., Ghalambor, C.K., and D. N. Reznick. 2009. The genetic and environmental basis of adaptive differences in shoaling behavior between populations of the Trinidadian guppy. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 22: 1860-1866.

Deutsch, C., Tewksbury, J.J., Huey, R. B., Sheldon, K., Ghalambor, C. K., Haak, D., and Martin, P. R. 2008. Impacts of climate warming on terrestrial ectotherms. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. 105: 6668-6672

Peluc, S., Sillett, T. S., Rotenberry, J.T. and C. K. Ghalambor.  2008. Adaptive phenotypic plasticity in an island songbird exposed to a novel predation risk.  Behavioral Ecology. 19: 830-835.

Ghalambor, C. K., McKay, J.K., Carroll, S., and D. N. Reznick. 2007. Adaptive versus non-adaptive phenotypic plasticity and the potential for contemporary adaptation to new environments. Functional Ecology. 21: 394-407.

Ghalambor, C. K., Huey, R. B., Martin, P. R., and G. Wang. 2006. Are mountain passes higher in the tropics? Janzen's Hypothesis Revisited. Integrative and Comparative Biology 46: 5-17.

Walker, J. A., Ghalambor, C. K., Griset, O. L., McKenny, D., and D. N. Reznick. 2005. Do faster starts increase the probability of evading predators? Functional Ecology 19: 808-815.

Reznick, D. N. and C. K. Ghalambor. 2005. Selection in nature: Experimental manipulations of natural populations. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 45: 456-462.

Reznick, D. N. and C. K. Ghalambor. 2005. Can commercial fishing cause evolution? Answers from guppies. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 62: 791-801.

Reznick, D. N., Bryant, M. J., Roff, D., Ghalambor, C. K., and D. E. Ghalambor. 2004. Effects of extrinsic mortality on patterns of senescence in guppies. Nature. 431: 1095-1099.

Ghalambor, C. K., Walker, J. A., and D. N. Reznick. 2003. Multi-trait selection, adaptation, and constraints on the evolution of burst swimming performance. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 43: 431-438.

Ghalambor, C. K. and T. E. Martin. 2001. Fecundity-survival trade-offs and parental risk-taking in birds. Science 292: 494-497.

Reznick, D. N., and C. K. Ghalambor. 2001. The population ecology of contemporary adaptation: What empirical studies reveal about the conditions that promote adaptive evolution. Genetica.112-113: 183-198.