Dr. Eric Lewallen received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto where he investigated the ecology and evolution of flyingfishes. He earned a Master's degree at San Diego State University studying the population structure of leopard sharks. Dr. Lewallen received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado - Boulder, where he explored the evolutionary patterns of hammerhead sharks. His research integrates bioinformatics, phylogenetics, population genetics, and geographical information systems to study how cells and organisms interact with their environment. In particular, Dr. Lewallen examines big data (e.g., RNA-seq, remote sensing) for the purpose of better understanding the mechanisms that influence patterns of genetic diversity and phenotypic heterogeneity. In addition to applying molecular biology and bioinformatics techniques to study fishes, Dr. Lewallen conducts research projects in a variety of human systems, having received his post-doctoral training at the Mayo Clinic.
He serves as a member of the editorial board for Gene, mentors undergraduate and graduate students in field- and laboratory-based research, and has published nearly 40 scientific papers.