Welcome to the lab of Christopher E. Oufiero in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University! My lab explores how physiological systems evolve in response to natural and sexual selection. I am broadly interested in evolutionary physiology and functional morphology; and my research falls into three general areas: 1) The consequences of sexual selection on functional traits (such as the effect of exaggerated morphologies on locomotion), integrating sexual selection, physiology, behavior and phylogenetic comparative methods; 2) Diversity and trade-offs in functional traits such as swimming and feeding performance; 3) The effects of climate variability on morphology and physiology in a phylogenetic context, particularly in ectotherms. I use a variety of techniques and methods, and have investigated these topics in a variety of organisms, focusing on teleosts and squamates, but have also collaborated on projects working on other taxa such as mammals, arachnids and squid.
Department of Biological Science
Towson, MD 21252
email: coufiero – at – towson.edu