Donald Dearborn – Evolution
Evolution, Behavior, and Conservation Biology
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
Dearborn DC, Gager AB, Gilmour ME, McArther AG, Hinerfeld DA, and Mauck RA. 2015. Non-neutral evolution and reciprocal monophyly of two expressed Mhc class II B genes in Leach’s storm-petrel. Immunogenetics 67:111-123.
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
Agyare, Asant 2015. Phylogenetic analysis reveals failure to sort MHC Class II B Exon 2 alleles by locus in the Great Frigatebird, Fregata minor
Tilchin, Carla 2013. A comparative study of songbird serum effectiveness against the causative agent of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi
Wellens, Kaitlin 2011. Colony formation and nest preference in Galapagos Blue-footed Boobies, Sula nebouxii