Donald Dearborn – Evolution

Evolution, Behavior, and Conservation Biology

Dre and Emma Dearborn working in the field.

Dre and Emma Dearborn working in the field.

Great frigate male in flight.

Great frigate male in flight.

Professor Dearborn’s research asks why animals do the things they do, and how we can do a better job of mitigating our impacts on the natural world.  Recurring research themes include mate choice, parental investment strategies, population structure, and host-parasite evolution. Most of this work is with seabirds and songbirds.  Professor Dearborn uses a mix of lab methods (mainly genetics tools) and field methods.   For more information, see www.bates.edu/~ddearbor

Selected Publications

Dearborn DC, Gager AB, McArthur AG, Gilmour ME, Mandzhukova E, and Mauck RA.  2016.  Gene duplication and divergence produce diverse MHC genotypes without disassortative mating.  Molecular Ecology 25:4355-4367.

Juola FA and Dearborn DC. 2012. Sequence-based evidence for major histocompatibility complex-disassortative mating in a colonial seabird. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279:153-162.

Dearborn DC and Kark S. 2010. Motivations for conserving urban biodiversity. Conservation Biology 24:432-440.

Selected Mentored Theses

Conservation Impact Analysis: Advocating for Intersectional Approaches for Wildlife Conservation Efforts and Management Plans. Misha Copeland, Class of 2017.

Nutritional Deficits Do Not Affect Spatial Cognition in Leach’s Storm-Petrels (Oceanodroma leucorhoa).  Ryan Mahar, Class of 2017.

Identifying Diversity in the α2 Peptide Chain of the Major Histocompatibility Complex Class I in Leach’s Storm-Petrels (Oceanodroma leucorhoa).  Gabby Froehlich, Class of 2017.