Carlos A. Botero, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology Program

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  • Exploring how variable and unpredictable conditions affect eco-evolutionary processes

Research Abstract:

At the Botero Laboratory we use a diverse set of tools from ecology and evolutionary biology to explore how variable and unpredictable conditions affect eco-evolutionary processes. Through theoretical modeling, experimental evolution, and large scale comparative studies, we seek a better understanding of general principles in biology and attempt to illuminate the mechanisms that drive them in organisms ranging from bacteria to man.

Selected Publications:

Kavanagh PH, Vilela B, Haynie HJ, Tuff T, Lima-Ribeiro M, Gray RD, Botero CA* and MC Gavin*. 2018. Hindcasting global population densities reveals forces enabling the origin of agriculture. Nature Human Behavior. doi: 10.1038/s41562-018-0358-8. (* co-senior authors, equal contribution)

Fristoe T, Iwaniuk A, and CA Botero. 2017. Big brains stabilize population dynamics in birds. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1(11):1706–1715. doi: 10.1038/s41559-017-0316-2.

Griesser M, SM Drobniak, S Nakagawa and CA Botero. 2017. Family living sets the stage for cooperative breeding and ecological resilience in birds. PLoS Biology 15(6): e2000483. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2000483

Cooney CR, JA Tobias, JT Weir, CA Botero & N Seddon. 2017. Sexual selection and the cycle of speciation: plumage dichromatism predicts rates of secondary sympatry but not speciation rates in birds. Ecology Letters. doi:10.1111/ele.12780

Cornwallis, CK, CA Botero, DR Rubenstein, PA Downing, SA West & AS Griffin. 2017. Cooperation facilitates the colonisation of harsh environments. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1, 0057. DOI 10.1038/s41559-016-0057.

Sheehan MJ, CA Botero, TA Hendry, BE Sedio, JM Jandt, S Weiner, AL Toth and EA Tibbetts. 2015. Different axes of environmental variation explain the presence vs. extent of cooperative nest founding associations in Polistes paper wasps. Ecology Letters. doi: 10.1111/ele.12488.

Botero CA, FJ Weissing, J Wright, and DR Rubenstein. 2015. Evolutionary tipping points in the capacity to adapt to environmental change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 112(1): 184-189.

Botero CA, Gardner B, Kirby KR, Bulbulia J, Gavin MC and R Gray. 2014. The ecology of religious beliefs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 111(47) 16784-16789.

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