I am fascinating by the ways in which different species help and harm each other as they interact in the "entangled bank" of the living world. My research group focuses on understanding the evolution and coevolution of interacting species, especially mutualists, working in particular with the highly specialized pollination interaction of Joshua trees and yucca moths, with the keystone symbiosis of legumes and nitrogen-fixing rhizobia, and with mathematical models of evolution.

I'm a collaborator on the NSF-funded Joshua Tree Genome Project (www.joshuatreegenome.org) and the Queer in STEM study of LGBTQ experiences in science careers (www.queerinstem.org). I also edit The Molecular Ecologist (www.molecularecologist.com) and I've written for the website of Scientific American, the LA Review of Books, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Awl, the Stranger, and Slate.

For more detail, and my scientific publications, see my website, jbyoder.org

  • Ph.D. Biology 2011, University of Idaho

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