Yusan Yang’s research has demonstrated that behaviors shaped by learning can be a powerful driving force in evolution. Yusan has studied frogs in which populations differ in color to investigate whether they also differ in behavior and whether these differences lead to divergence into different species. As a Living Earth Collaborative Postdoctoral Fellow, Yusan will continue to study the role of animal behavior in mediating rapid evolution. In collaboration with Drs. Swanne Gordon, Andrés López-Sepulcre, Bruce Carlson (Dept. of Biology), and Paulo Natenzon (Dept. of Economics) at Washington University, she will explore how genetic and environmental influences on mating behavior modulate ecological and evolutionary processes in Trinidadian guppies.
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