Dr. Karsten is an ecologist who integrates evolution, behavior, and physiology into his research, mostly using lizards as a model system. He uses field experiments and natural variation in traits to test hypotheses of character evolution and environmental adaptation in an integrative context. His goal continues to be the integration of behavior and physiology with evolutionary ecology. Sexual selection and life history evolution are two foci of strong interest.
Dr. Karsten's teaching interests are closely allied with his research interests. He is currently teaching Evolution, Ecology, Introduction to Ecology & Populations, Herpetology, Environmental Ecology, Scientific Literature (senior capstone), and courses in the Senior Honors Program.
Herpetology, Sexual Selection, Life History Evolution, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior
Ph.D. Oklahoma State University, 2008, Zoology with specialization in Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior
M.S. Texas Christian University, 2000, Biology
B.S. Truman State University, 1997, Biology