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Lauren A. O'Connell

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Lauren A. O'Connell

Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Biology

I am interested in understanding how animals come up with new ways to face challenges and opportunities in their environment. These evolutionary innovations in physiology and behavior can teach us a lot about basic organismal biology, evolutionary mechanisms of adaptation, and how flexible organisms are to changing biotic and abiotic environments.

My lab uses amphibians as a model system for understanding the molecular and genomic contributions to biological diversity, as they display tremendous variation in behavior and physiology. Members of my lab work on a variety of topics, but most of our work is centered on investigating behavior and toxicity in poison frogs.

My own projects in the lab involve studying the neural basis of tadpole social behavior and the physiology of toxicity in poison frogs.

When not in the lab, I am hanging out with my daughters (Evie and Maeve) and enjoy pottery and glass-blowing. I am currently taking a watercolor class with the hope of documenting my travels though this classic medium.