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Greer Dolby

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3117 East Science Hall, Science & Engineering Complex
(205) 975-3714

Teaching Interests: Genomics, Speciation, Earth-life modeling, complex systems

Office Hours: By appointment


  • B.A., Boston University, (1) Earth Sciences (2) Biology (conservation & ecology)
  • M.S., UCLA, Evolutionary Biology
  • Ph.D., UCLA, Evolutionary Biology
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Arizona State University

I’m interested in how Earth’s dynamic landscape and climate shape the diversity of life we see today. I grew up outside New York City and received my education from Boston University and UCLA before becoming a postdoc and research faculty at Arizona State University and joining the UAB community in Birmingham. Across those different places, it was my experience double-majoring in Earth Sciences and Biology at BU where I developed a passion for integrating and characterizing the co-evolution of Earth and life systems. If we replayed Earth’s history over again, would we end up with the same organismal groups and diversity we have today? Can we learn what characteristics can expect from life on other planets?

My group uses large-scale genomic data to understand how species adapt and diversify in response to changes in Earth’s surface and climate. We work in super diverse collaborative groups and use statistical modeling to integrate genomic and geological data. Some current themes in the lab are: causality, information theory, speciation genomics, epigenetic adaptations.

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