- Development and application of function-valued trait methods to the evolution of complex traits.
- Evolution of growth and swimming performance ontogenies in laboratory populations of rainbow trout using a function-valued approach.
- Genetic variation and evolution of growth ontogenies in flour beetles.
- Evolution of growth and swimming performance ontogenies in natural populations of salamanders using a function-valued approach.
My research focuses on the evolution of the integrated phenotype. Using ideas and methods from evolutionary and quantitative genetics, physiological ecology, and comparative physiology, my lab group addresses questions on the evolution of function-valued traits, the correlated responses of multiple traits to selection, and the relative effects of selection and drift on trait evolution. Our goal is to provide a fundamentally deeper understanding of the evolution of the entire phenotype and of evolutionary processes. Currently four major projects are being conducted in my lab: development and application of function-valued trait methods to the evolution of complex traits; evolution of growth, swimming performance and behavioral ontogenies in laboratory populations of rainbow trout; genetic variance in and evolution of growth ontogenies in flour beetles; and evolution of growth, swimming performance and physiological ontogenies in natural populations of amphibians. Please see my web page for more information, especially if you are a prospective student.
Note: *WSU undergraduate student, **WSU graduate student, ***WSU postdoc)
Reinbold**, D., G. H. Thorgaard, and P.A. Carter. 2009. Reduced swimming performance and increased growth are associated with domestication of rainbow trout. Canadian Journal of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences 66:1025-1032.
Kane**, S.L., T. Garland, Jr., and P.A. Carter. 2008. Basal metabolic rate of aged mice is affected by random genetic drift but not by selective breeding for high early-age locomotor activity or chronic wheel access. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 81:288-300.
Bronikowski***, A.M., T.J. Morgan**, T. Garland Jr. and P.A. Carter. 2006. The evolution of aging and age-related physical decline in mice selectively bred for high voluntary exercise. Evolution 60: 1494-1508.
Ragland**, G.J. and P.A. Carter. 2004. Genetic constraints on the evolution of growth and life history traits in the salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum. Heredity 92:569-578.
Morgan**, T.J., T. Garland, Jr., and P.A. Carter. 2003. Ontogenetic trajectories in mice selected for high wheel- running activity. I. Mean ontogenetic trajectories. Evolution 57:646-657.
Morgan**, T.J., T. Garland, Jr., B.L. Irwin*, J.G. Swallow, and P.A. Carter. 2003. The mode of evolution of molecular markers in populations of house mice under artificial selection for locomotor behavior. J Heredity 94:236-242.
Kingsolver, J.G., R.S. Gomulkiewicz, and P.A. Carter. 2001. Variation, selection, and evolution of function-valued traits. Genetica 112-113:87-104.