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  • Colorful lizard from the Dominican Republic perched on a branch

Framework: Understanding the Drivers of Evolutionary Change

The image above shows a colorful lizard (Anolis bahorucoensis) from the Dominican Republic. This lizard species is part of a broader adaptive radiation of lizards across the Caribbean. UMass Amherst biologists Craig Albertson, Duncan Irschick, Elizabeth Dumont and colleagues have proposed a new investigative roadmap for the field of evolutionary developmental biology, or “evo devo,” to better understand how innovation at the genetic level can lead to ecological adaptations over time. The way an organism interacts with its environment directly affects its survival. Evo devo seeks to understand the specific genetic mechanisms driving evolutionary change. Learn more.

Photo credit: Irschick Lab Group