Corinne Richards-Zawacki

  • Associate Professor and PLE Director
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


Office: (412) 624-0447
Lab: (412) 624-0446
105A Clapp Hall
4249 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

My research lies at the intersection of ecology and evolutionary biology, in that I approach questions about how changes in climate and habitat shape organisms and communities in a way that considers their evolutionary implications. My work integrates studies of molecular, morphological, ecological, and behavioral variation, and I focus mainly on amphibians because their diversity provides an exciting backdrop for exploring the interplay between ecology and evolution across a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. The questions I ask address:

  1. How climate and host/pathogen evolution shape the dynamics of wildlife diseases
  2. The effects of changes in climate on species distributions and diversity
  3. How reproductive isolation evolves during speciation
  4. The natural history and conservation of endangered amphibians.
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Dr. Richards-Zawacki received her PhD with L. Lacey Knowles in 2007 from the University of Michigan, performed her post-doctoral research at the Smithsonian Institute, and joined the department in 2015.