Dr. Joel McGlothlin

Biological Sciences


My research program focuses on the evolution of complex phenotypes. I am interested both in how natural selection shapes integrated groups of traits and in the genetic and physiological mechanisms that underlie such trait groups. My lab tackles these problems using both empirical and theoretical approaches and incorporates ideas and techniques from diverse fields, including evolutionary genetics, behavioral ecology, and physiology.


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In the News

Virginia Tech researchers receive NSF grant to study parental care in eastern hellbender salamanders

Study: Genetic variation can leave long-lasting stamp on evolutionary patterns

Snakes in evolutionary arms race with poisonous newt


Recent Relevant Publications

Perry, B. W., D. C. Card, J. W. McGlothlin, (28 authors), and T. A. Castoe. 2018. Molecular adaptations for sensing and securing prey and insight into amniote genome diversity from the garter snake genome. Genome Biology and Evolution 10: 2110-2129. (Open Access) (Supplementary Material)

McGlothlin, J. W., M. E. Kobiela, H. V. Wright, D. K. Mahler, J. J. Kolbe, J. B. Losos, and E. D. Brodie III. 2018. Adaptive radiation along a deeply conserved genetic line of least resistance in Anolis lizards. Evolution Letters 2: 310-322. (Open Access) (Supporting Information)

Montiglio, P. O., J. W. McGlothlin, and D. R. Farine. 2018. Social structure modulates the evolutionary consequences of social plasticity: a social network perspective on interacting phenotypes. Ecology and Evolution 8:1451–1464. (Open Access)

Fetters, T. L. and J. W. McGlothlin. 2017. Life histories and invasions: accelerated laying rate and incubation time in an invasive lizard, Anolis sagrei. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 122: 635-642.

Cox, R. M., J. W. McGlothlin, and F. Bonier. 2016. Hormones as mediators of phenotypic and genetic integration: an evolutionary genetics approach. Integrative and Comparative Biology 56: 126-137.

Cox, R. M., J. W. McGlothlin, and F. Bonier. 2016. Evolutionary Endocrinology: Hormones as mediators of evolutionary phenomena. Integrative and Comparative Biology 56: 121-125.

McGlothlin, J. W., M. E. Kobiela, C. R. Feldman, T. A. Castoe, S. L. Geffeney, C. T. Hanifin, G. Toledo, F. J. Vonk, M. K. Richardson, E. D. Brodie, Jr., M. E. Pfrender, and E. D. Brodie III. 2016. Historical contingency in a multigene family facilitates adaptive evolution of toxin resistance. Current Biology 26: 1616-1621. (Open Access)

McGlothlin, J.W. 2016. Social effects. pp. 134-139 in Kliman, R., ed., Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology, Vol. 4 (Quantitative Genetics). Academic Press.

McGlothlin, J.W. and E. D. Ketterson. 2016. Hormonal pleiotropy and the evolution of correlated traits. pp. 100-119 in E. D. Ketterson and J. W. Atwell, eds., Snowbird: Integrative Biology and Evolutionary Diversity in the Junco. Univ. Chicago Press, Chicago.