Professor David Rand is interested in how natural selection acts on genes and genomes. One major focus of his research is how the mitochondrial genome and its interactions with the nuclear genome influence animal performance, evolutionary fitness, and aging. A second major interest is how thermal selection influences the genetic composition of populations. The goals of this work are to identify the genetic interactions that allow organisms to adapt to environmental heterogeneity.

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Yale University, Department of Biology, Ph. D. September 1987

Harvard College, B. A., Biology, cum laude, June 1980


7/2013 - present
Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Professor of Biology, Brown University, Providence, RI

Associate Professor of Biology, Brown University, Providence, RI

Assistant Professor of Biology, Brown University, Providence, RI

Postdoctoral Fellow, Population Genetics, Museum of Comparative Zoology Laboratories, Harvard University

Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Marine Biology, Department of Biology, University of Crete, Greece

Biology and Mathematics Teacher, St. Albans School Washington, D.C.

Biology Teaching Fellow, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

Professional Activities
President, American Genetic Association 2009
Director, IGERT training program in Reverse Ecology 2010-2015
Director, Center for Computational Molecular Biology 2011-present

Genetics Society of America, Society for the Study of Evolution, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, Society of Systematic Biologists

Associate Editor
Molecular Biology and Evolution, 1997-2000; 2000-2003
Genetics, 2004-2009
BioScience, 2005-present

American Naturalist, Evolution, Genetics, Journal of Molecular Evolution, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Nature, Science, NSF Population Biology, NSF Systematics, NSF Eukaryotic Genetics, NSERC

Panel Member
NSF Population Biology 10/95, 10/97, 4/98, 4/05
NIH Program Project Advisory Panel, 7/99, SEP 3/05
NIH Genetic Variation and Evolution Study Section 10/2008-10/2012

Curricum Vitae

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DAVID RAND, Ph. D., Yale University (1987)
Professor of Biology
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Phone: +1 401 863 2890
Phone 2: +1 401 863 1063
E-mail: David_Rand@Brown.EDU

David Rand's Brown Research URL:

On The Web:
David Rand
IGERT in Reverse Ecology

Brown collaborators:

Collaborators at other institutions:
Bill Ballard
Ian Boussy
Andrew Clark
George Gilchrist
Diane Nacci
Andrew Whitehead

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