Paul G Nelson

Ecology, Evolution, and behavior
Office: 304 Life Sciences South

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I am an evolutionary biologist interested in a variety of topics including the factors which constrain evolution, the sex lives of insects, fungi, and parasites in general. For my PhD I developed models of the evolution of host-symbiont interactions in a community context at the University of Minnesota. I also worked on the evolution of symbiont defense of the host and examined the evolution of virulence empirically using the smut fungus Ustilago maydis. I am currently researching the evolution of errors in gene expression in and evolvability and the role of somatic mutations in aging and cancer. I use modeling and molecular data to investigate question ranging from the evolution of cooperation to the inevitability of death