Kristin M. Winchell

Dr. Winchell is a post-doctoral research associate at Washington University in St. Louis. My research focuses on ecological and evolutionary consequences of urbanization with a special focus on Anolis lizards. This group of tropical lizards has a remarkable ability to rapidly adapt to changes in the environment, and many species thrive in urban areas. In my research I try to understand why some species (in this and other taxa) thrive in these areas while others do not, how they use urban habitats, and how common and convergent adaptive shifts are. In other words, why and how are animals evolving to keep up with drastic and rapid anthropogenic change?

"Cities are microcosms of the evolutionary changes that are occurring on a planetary scale and thus provide a natural laboratory to advance our understanding of eco-evolutionary dynamics in a rapidly urbanizing world." 

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