Julia B. Saltz
Assistant Professor of BioSciences
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I am interested in the genetics and evolution of behavior. Social behavior, in particular, represents an exciting opportunity to study developmental and evolutionary feedbacks because the social environment itself can change and evolve. The complex interplay between genetic variation and social experience is also relevant to human mental illness. Thus, I draw inspiration from, and work to integrate, animal behavior, psychology, evolutionary ecology, and genetics.
I completed my A.B. at Princeton University, my PhD with Andy Sih in the Population Biology Graduate Group at the University of California, Davis, and my postdoc with Sergey Nuzhdin at the University of Southern California. My full CV is here.
I teach Animal Behavior (EBIO 321) in the spring semester, and I participate in teaching in the Graduate Student Core Course (EBIO 585/586). I run the Women in BioSciences group.
Current awesome lab manager; future awesome doctor.
Eric Wesley Wice
My research interests center around understanding how ecological and evolutionary factors interact to promote variation in social behaviors. More specifically, I am interested in how these factors influence individual behavioral plasticity and group dynamics. I received my B.S. from the University of Virginia in 2013, and joined the Saltz Lab at Rice in 2015.
My interests are focused primarily on genetic variation in decision-making and learning, and the evolution of learning. I am particularly concerned with the plasticity of learning behaviors, and how displayed plasticities may be influenced over time. I received my B.S. in Biology at Texas A&M University.
I am interested in the evolution and maintenance of social and sexual interactions and the selective pressures that shape mating systems. I got my B.S. and M.S. from Rice University and then moved to Washington University in St. Louis with Joan Strassmann and David Queller for my Ph.D. where I studied population structure and mating dynamics in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum. Now as a postdoc in the Saltz lab, I will be focusing on understanding the genetics of aggression in Drosophila melanogaster, as well as investigating variation in reproductive investment.
C. Nick Keiser
Rice Academy of Fellows Postdoc
Nick is a behavioral ecologist who received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh while working with Jonathan Pruitt. His research primarily focuses on individual-variation, collective behaviors, and bacterial transmission in social arthropods. Currently, Nick is focusing on elucidating the factors that drive variation in individuals’ susceptibility to disease and their propensity to transmit infectious agents to group-mates. Nick is a Rice Academy Fellow who will be working with the Saltz and Rudolf labs
Ben Johnson, Stephanie Zhao, Ceyda Kural, Jake Bhoi, Amrita Murali, Madeleine O’Brian, Ellie Dullea, Simone Maddox, Emma Every, Anu Dwarumpudi, Evan Shegog, Celina Tran, Lizzie Sartain, Haley Uustal, Allison Jaffe, and Ogechukwu Anwaegbu
Indigo (Indy) Saltz
Research interests include sniffing, shedding an unbelievable amount, telling everyone her feelings, tummy rubs, and being a Good Girl.
Former lab members:
Francie Hessel (graduated 2016): Now an MD student at Baylor College of Medicine
Rachel Marren (graduated 2016): Now serving in AmeriCorps
Madeline Adams (graduated 2016): Now a masters of public health student at Harvard
Lab logo: Amazing lab logo created by Zach Weinersmith!