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David Lytle

Department of Integrative Biology

David Lytle

Department of Integrative Biology



Courses Taught
Z 477, IB 577 : Aquatic Entomology
BI 445, IB 545 : Evolution


Postdoctoral studies: University of Chicago, University of Arizona

PhD: Cornell University

BSc: University of Michigan


Our lab uses evolutionary ecology to understand how organisms and communities are shaped by disturbances such as floods, droughts, and dams. Much of our focus is on aquatic insects, but lab members also work on projects involving fish, frogs, and riparian plants. Current projects examine the evolution of flood and drought escape behaviors, population dynamics and biodiversity estimation in desert streams, management of dammed rivers using prescribed flow regimes, and community modeling of river ecosystems.

Research Area

Biomedical Science