Robert Laport

Assistant Professor of Biology
(901) 843-3558

Teaching Experience

I previously taught Evolution at the University of Colora-do-Denver, and was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Current Research

My research is focused on investigating how genome duplication—polyploidy—in flowering plants influences adaptation and speciation in creosote bush (Larrea tridentata), an ecologically important desert shrub of the southwestern US and northern Mexico, as well as other plant species. I combine field work, greenhouse ex-periments, molecular studies, and computational models to investigate the timing of flowering and patterns of gene flow, plant-pollinator interactions in native habitats, plant community structure and ecological niche specialization, and physiological adaptations.


B.S. in Biology, Oregon State University, 2003

M.S. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Univer-sity of Rochester, 2009

Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Rochester, 2013