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Michael Rosenberg (Faculty)

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Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Biography

Michael Rosenberg is a computational evolutionary biologist and ecologist who studies patterns in nature to understand how different species are related to each other. He also investigates the factors that lead to diversification.

A bit of a polymath by nature, his research lab uses computer and mathematical techniques to explore evolutionary relationships, and the role of geography and the environment on the distribution of biodiversity. His team also studies how the use of specific methods or assumptions may bias our understanding of the natural world.

Rosenberg has studied organisms across all areas of life—ranging from humans, birds, and snakes to plants and bacteria. He has a particular fondness of and expertise on fiddler crabs.

Education
  • PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook: Ecology & Evolution (2000)
  • BA, Northwestern University: Biology, Geology, and Anthropology (1994)
Publications
  • Stoltzfus, A., H. Lapp, N. Matasci, H. Deus, B. Sidlauskas, C.M. Zmasek, G. Vaidya, E. Pontelli, K. Cranston, R. Vos, C.O. Webb, L.J. Harmon, M. Pirrung, B. O'Meara, M.W. Pennell, S. Mirarab, M.S. Rosenberg, J.P. Balhoff, H.M. Bik, T. Heath, P. Midford, J.W. Brown, E.J. McTavish, J. Sukumaran, M. Westneat, M.E. Alfaro, A. Steele, and G. Jordan (2013) Phylotastic! Making Tree-of-Life knowledge accessible, reusable and convenient. BMC Bioinformatics 14:158.
  • Perez, D.M., M.S. Rosenberg, and M.R. Pie (2012) The evolution of waving displays in fiddler crabs (Uca spp., Crustacea, Ocypodidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 106(2):307–315.
  • Rosenberg, M.S., and C.D. Anderson (2011) PASSaGE: Pattern Analysis, Spatial Statistics, and Geographic Exegesis. Version 2. Methods in Ecology & Evolution 2(3):229–232.
  • Epperson, B.K., B. McRae, K. Scribner, S.A. Cushman, M.S. Rosenberg, M.-J. Fortin, P.M.A. James, M. Murphy, S. Manel, P. Legendre, and M.R.T. Dale (2010) Utility of computer simulations in landscape genetics. Molecular Ecology 19(17):3549–3564.
  • Ogden, T.H., and M.S. Rosenberg (2006) Multiple sequence alignment accuracy and phylogenetic inference. Systematic Biology 55(2):314–328.
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 345Evolution
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 345Organic Evolution
EVO 598Special Topics
EVO 610Research Areas of Evolution
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 189Life Sciences Career Paths
EVO 598Special Topics
EVO 610Research Areas of Evolution
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 345Organic Evolution
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EVO 590Reading and Conference
EVO 598Special Topics
EVO 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 494Special Topics
EVO 598Special Topics
EVO 610Research Areas of Evolution
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 345Organic Evolution
EVO 610Research Areas of Evolution
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
EVO 598Special Topics
EVO 610Research Areas of Evolution
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 189Life Sciences Career Paths
BIO 345Organic Evolution
EVO 610Research Areas of Evolution
Editorships
  • Associate Editor, Molecular Biology and Evolution (2014—present)
  • Associate Editor, Evolution (2012—2014)
Professional Associations
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Citizen Science Association, Scientific Research Society of North America (Sigma Xi), Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, Society of Systematic Biologists, Society for the Study of Evolution