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Christine Parent

Christine E. Parent, Ph.D.

Office: LSS 261
Phone: (208) 885-4016
Email: ceparent@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: University of Idaho
Dept of Biological Sciences
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3051
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3051

Assistant Professor

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2013

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Evolutionary Biology
    • Speciation
    • Biodiversity
    • Biogeography
    • Community Assembly
    • Island Biology
  • Biography

    I first visited the Galapagos islands when I was 18 years old. At that moment I decided that I wanted to study evolutionary biology. After completing my B.Sc. in Biology at McGill University, I started doing research on the Galapagos islands, first for my M.Sc. and then later for my Ph.D. In total I have spent over 2 years on the islands, collecting samples and data throughout the archipelago. During my Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University I started working on Galapagos endemic land snails, arguably one of the most remarkable groups of species on these islands. During my postdoctoral work at the University of Austin in Texas, I collaborated with Dan Bolnick conducting experimental work with lab populations of flour beetles. I tested ideas related to the process of diversification that cannot be addressed in the field. While at UT Austin I also worked with Mark Kirkpatrick and Mathew Leibold, with whom I have ongoing collaborations. Lastly, I spent slightly more than a year at University of California Berkeley, working in collaboration with Bree Rosenblum on the evolutionary convergence of lizards and terrestrial invertebrates in WhiteSands New Mexico.

  • Selected Publications
    • Gillespie, RG and CE Parent. in press. Adaptive Radiation. In: Oxford Bibliographies in Evolutionary Biology. Ed. JB Losos. New York: Oxford University Press.
    • Cameron, RAD, KA Triantis, CE Parent, MR Alonso, M Ibanez, AMF Martins, RL Ladle, and RJ Whittaker. 2013. Snails on oceanic islands: testing the general dynamic model of oceanic island biogeography. Journal of Biogeography 40:117–130.
    • 2012 Falk, JJ, CE Parent, D Agashe, and DI Bolnick. 2012. Drift and selection entwined: Asymmetric reproductive isolation in an experimental niche shift. Evolutionary Ecology Research 14: 403–423.
    • Parent, CE. 2012. The (often ignored) role of vicariance in evolutionary diversification on oceanic islands. Frontiers of Biogeography 3(4):130-132.
    • Losos, JB and CE Parent. 2010. The speciation-area relationship. In: Theory of Island Biogeography Revisited. Losos, JB & RE Ricklefs (eds).
    • Parent, CE and BJ Crespi. 2009. Ecological opportunity in adaptive radiation of Galápagos endemic snails. The American Naturalist 174: 898-905.
    • Parent, CE, A Caccone, and K Petren. 2008. Colonization and diversification of Galápagos terrestrial fauna: a phylogenetic and biogeographical synthesis. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 363: 3347-3361.
    • Parent, CE and BJ Crespi. 2006. Sequential colonization and rapid diversification of Galápagos endemic land snail genus Bulimulus (Gastropoda, Stylommatophora). Evolution 60: 2311-2328.
    • Green, DM and C Parent. 2003. Variable introgression in a hybrid zone in the toads, Bufo americanus and B. fowleri. Copeia 2003: 34-43.

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