Welcome to the Adams Evolutionary Morphology Laboratory!

We are a theoretical evolutionary morphology lab interested in the evolution of multivariate phenotypes.

Close up of lizard and statistical functions.A primary emphasis in the lab is the development of new analytical tools for quantifying multivariate phenotypes and patterns in those phenotypes. Current research emphasizes the development of phylogenetic comparative methods for multivariate phenotypes, developing statistical methods for high-dimensional data sets, and developing morphometric methods for characterizing patterns of shape variation and covariation. 

In our empirical work we are interested in understanding micro- and macroevolutionary patterns of phenotypic diversification, and the historical and ecological processes responsible for them. We use a comparative phylogenetic framework to attain these goals, directing our empirical work primarily towards vertebrates, with a focus on plethodontid salamanders.

Dr. Dean Adams

Dr. Dean AdamsDr. Dean Adams
Distinguished Professor
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-3834
Dean's abbreviated CV (pdf)
Dean's Google Scholar Profile


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT and DISCLAIMER: Much of the research described in these web pages is supported in part by NSF grant DEB-2140720, and was previously supported by NSF grants DBI-1902511, DEB-1556379, DEB-1257287, DEB-1118884, DEB-0446758, DEB-012228, and their supplements. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.