Dr. Troy Simon

Position: Research Professional at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Email: tsimon@uga.edu Phone: (706) 542-5089

Education: Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Georgia in 2015

My research investigates the importance of local adaptation in mediating ecosystem structure and function in the wild. This work was conducted as part of the larger Frontiers in Integrative Biological Research (FIBR) program. The goal of FIBR is to understand significance of eco-evolutionary dynamics in the Trinidadian guppy system. Trinidadian guppies have been a model system to studying natural selection in the wild. Previous research has shown guppy the evolution of guppy life history to occur in four years, equivalent to just eight guppy generations. Our short-term goal is to understand the ecosystem consequences of this local adaptation, while our long-term goal is to document the mechanisms by which ecological and evolutionary processes interact in contemporary time.