Katrina Dlugosch

Associate Professor

Office Location: BSW 424
Lab Location: LSS 204


Positions and Education: 

  • Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 2018 - present
  • Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 2011- 2018
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Botany, University of British Columbia, 2007- 2010
  • PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, 2006
  • BS, Botany, University of Washington, 1998
  • BS, Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology, University of Washington, 1998

Honors and Awards: 

  • College of Science Distinguished Early-Career Teaching Award, 2019
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2018
  • Keynote Speaker, Plant Genome Evolution, Sitges, Spain, 2017
  • Graduate Invited Speaker, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2017
  • Menzel Award, Best Paper in Genetics, Botany, 2006
  • Speaking Award, CA Botanical Society, 2005
  • Speaking Award, CA Botanical Society, 2003
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 1998
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, 1998

Editorial Work: 

  • Associate Editor, Evolutionary Applications, 2018 - present
  • Barrett SCH, Colautti RI, Dlugosch KM, Rieseberg LH, Eds. (2017) Invasion Genetics: The Baker and Stebbins Legacy. Wiley Publishers.
  • Special Issue Editor, Molecular Ecology, 2015

Research Interests: 

The Dlugosch lab studies the genetics and rapid evolutionary dynamics of ecologically important traits, using a variety of genetic approaches (quantitative, molecular, and genomic) in combination with field experiments and observations. The lab group is particularly interested in the rapid evolution of distribution and abundance on human timescales, particularly in invasive species that are colonizing new locations, as well as in native species responding to environmental change. Lab members are working to understand how genetic and environmental variation in these species translate into phenotypic diversity, adaptation, and changes in ecologically important traits. They use the tools of field ecology, quantitative genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics to ask specific questions about how traits are evolving, how genetic variation is distributed geographically, how ecological interactions differ among genotypes, and how genetic differences translate into changes in population dynamics and species distributions.