Derek J. Girman

Professor of Biology
Ph.D. University of California ( Los Angeles ), 1996
Voicemail: (707) 664-3055
Office: Darwin 220

Postdoctoral Experience:

San Francisco State University.

Research Interests:

Molecular Systematics; Molecular Ecology and Conservation Genetics; Social Structure and Behavior.

Research Program:

Research in my lab generally focuses on using molecular genetic tools to study issues in the evolution, ecology, and/or conservation of animal species. Past research projects have included studies of migratory behavior in Catharus thrushes, brood parasitism in Wilson 's warblers, population bottlenecks in sharp-shinned hawks, phylogeography of western toads, molecular phylogenetics of ponerine ants, and landscape genetics of steelhead trout. Current projects in the lab provide research opportunities for graduate students and undergraduate researchers and include studies in molecular systematics and population-level analyses of steelhead trout, phylogeography of western gulls, genetic impacts of oil spills on western grebes, and phylogeography of Malagasy ants.

Representative Publications:

Deiner. K., J.C. Garza, R. Coey, and D .J. Girman . 2007. Population structure and genetic diversity of trout ( Oncorhynchus mykiss ) above and below natural and manmade-barriers in the Russian River , California . Conservation Genetics 8:437-454.

Ouellette, G. B. Fisher, and D.J. Girman . 2006. Molecular Systematics of the Subfamily Ponerinae: a Phylogenetic Study of Tribe-Level Relationships. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 40:359-369.

Hull , J. and D.J. Girman . 2005. Population structure and historical demography in migrating Sharp-shinned hawks (Accipiter velox): Effects of Holocene climatic variability. Molecular Ecology , 14:159-170.

Michaud, J. T. Gardali, N. Nur, and D. J. Girman . 2004. Effects of nest predation and brood parasitism on the population viability of Wilson 's warblers in coastal California . Wilson Bulletin, 11:41-47

Outlaw, D.C., G. Voelker, B. Mila, and D.J. Girman . 2003. The evolution of long-distance migration and historical biogeography of the Catharus thrushes: a molecular phylogenetic approach. The Auk 120: 299-310.

Course Offerings:

Vertebrate Biology; Evolution; Mammalogy; Conservation Genetics; Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology.