desr7280 [at]
Harmon & Rosenblum Labs
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID


research interests

I am interested in the interplay between ecology and evolution

>What happens when animals colonize a new area?
>How does rapid evolutionary diversification interact with the surrounding ecosystem?
>Can characteristics of populations today be used to infer past evolutionary patterns?


academic background

BSc Honours: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Thesis: The ecology of threespine stickleback speciation and specialization: investigating the impacts of top predator diversity on freshwater foodwebs

PhD Student: University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
Thesis (in progress): Ecological release in a geologically young community



Harmon, L. J.*, B. Matthews*, S. Des Roches, J. Chase, J. Shurin, and D. Schluter. 2009. Evolutionary diversification in stickleback affects ecosystem functioning. Nature 458: 1167-1170
*These authors contributed equally to this work

Des Roches, S., L. J. Harmon, J. Shurin, and D. Schluter. In Prep. Ecological and evolutionary effects of stickleback on ecosystem function.

Yoder, J. B., S. Des Roches, J. M. Eastman, L. Gentry, W. K. W. Godsoe, T. Hagey, D. Jochimsen, B. P. Oswald, J. Robertson, B. A. J. Sarver, J. J. Schenk, S. F. Spear, and L. J. Harmon. In Review. Perspective: Ecological opportunity and the origin of adaptive radiations. Submitted to Journal of Experimental Biology


personal background

When I was four years old I wanted to be a paleontologist. I vividly remember asking my father what colour dinosaurs were. He had said, ‘Well, Simone, no one knows what colour Simonedinosaurs were, but someday you could discover it.’ My whole life, I adhered to the idea that I could grow up and make discoveries about the natural world. I specialized in ecology in university. During my BSc, I did an honour’s project on the influence of fish evolution on their surrounding ecosystems. I continued lab work before traveling to the Galapagos Islands to observe a famously diverse biological landmark. I was inspired to start my doctorate degree where I now study the implications of ecological and evolutionary diversity in desert lizards. My desire to make discoveries about the natural world has persisted since an early age. Now that I am in graduate school, I know that this is a life-long affliction and I hope to inspire and teach others to take an active interest in the nature that is around them.


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