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, 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.