Dr. Zach Culumber Assistant Professor, Biology, Biological Sciences Department Biography View Dr. Zach Culumber's Curriculum Vitae Visit Dr. Zach Culumber's Personal Website Education Ph.D. Biology, Department of Biology & Program in Applied Biodiversity Science (NSF-2011 IGERT), Texas A&M University, 2011 B.S. Integrative Biology, High Distinction Honors, Department of Biology and 2007 Environmental Fellows Program, University of Illinois, 2007 Publications Culumber ZW, Kraft B, Travis J, and KA Hughes. Accepted. Gene-by-social environment interaction and the maintenance of genetic polymorphism in Gambusia holbrooki. Evolution. Culumber ZW and M Tobler. Accepted. Correlated evolution of thermal niches and functional physiology in tropical freshwater fishes. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. ZW Culumber and M Tobler. 2017. Sex-specific evolution during the diversification of livebearing fishes. Nature Ecology and Evolution 1:1185-1191. M Tobler and ZW Culumber. 2016. Perspective: Swimming in polluted waters. Science 354(6317):1232-1233. Culumber ZW and M Tobler. 2016. Ecological divergence and conservatism: spatiotemporal patterns of niche evolution in a genus of livebearing fishes (Poeciliidae: Xiphophorus). BMC Evolutionary Biology 16:44. Culumber ZW and M Tobler. 2016. Spatiotemporal environmental heterogeneity and the maintenance of the tailspot polymorphism in the variable platyfish (Xiphophorus variatus). Evolution 70(2):408-419. Culumber ZW, G Hopper, N Barts CN Passow, S Morgan, A Brown, L Arias-Rodriguez and M Tobler. In press. Habitat use of two extremophile, highly endemic, and critically endangered fish species (Gambusia eurystoma and Poecilia sulphuraria; Poeciliidae). Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. Online early. Culumber ZW. 2016. Variation in the evolutionary integration of melanism with behavioral and physiological traits in Xiphophorus variatus. Evolutionary Ecology 30(1):9-20. Culumber ZW. 2015. Poeciliid fry responses to conspecific, heterospecific, and predator visual cues. Behaviour 152:1463-1479. Culumber ZW, M Schumer, S Monks, and M Tobler. 2015. Environmental heterogeneity generates opposite gene-by-environment interactions for two fitness-related traits within a population. Evolution 69(2):541-550. Johnson JB, ZW Culumber, R Easterling and GG Rosenthal. 2015. Boldness and predator evasion in naturally hybridizing swordtails (Teleostei: Xiphophorus). Current Zoology 61(4):596-603. Culumber ZW and S Monks. 2014. Does fin coloration signal social status in a dominance hierarchy of the livebearing fish Xiphophorus variatus? Behavioural Processes 107:158-162. Culumber ZW, CE Bautista-Hernández, S Monks, L Arias-Rodriguez and M Tobler. 2014. Variation in melanism and female preference in proximate but ecologically distinct habitats. Ethology 120 (11):1090-1100. Culumber ZW, OM Ochoa and GG Rosenthal. 2014. Assortative mating and the maintenance of population structure in a natural hybrid zone. American Naturalist 184(2):225-232. Culumber ZW. 2014. Pigmentation in Xiphophorus: an emerging system in ecological and evolutionary genetics. Zebrafish 11(1):57-70. Culumber ZW and S Monks. 2014. Resilience to extreme temperature events: acclimation capacity and body condition of a polymorphic fish in response to thermal stress. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 111(3):504-510. Culumber ZW, CE Bautista-Hernández and S Monks. 2014. Physiological stress and the maintenance of adaptive genetic variation in a livebearing fish. Evolutionary Ecology 28 (1):117-129. Culumber ZW, R Miranda and S Monks. 2013. First report of Xiphophorus hellerii in the arid Metztitlán Canyon Biosphere Reserve in Mexico. Environmental Biology of Fishes 97 (2):157-161. Culumber ZW and GG Rosenthal. 2013. Mating preferences do not maintain the conspicuous tailspot polymorphism in the platyfish, Xiphophorus variatus. Behavioral Ecology 24 (6):1286-1291. Culumber ZW and GG Rosenthal. 2013. Population-level mating patterns and fluctuating asymmetry in swordtail hybrids. Naturwissenschaften 100 (8):801-804. Culumber ZW, DB Shepard, SW Coleman, GG Rosenthal and M Tobler. 2012. Physiological adaptation along environmental gradients and replicated hybrid zone structure in swordtails (Teleostei: Xiphophorus). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25 (9): 1800-1814. Verzijden MN, ZW Culumber and GG Rosenthal. 2012. Opposite effects of learning cause asymmetric mate preferences in hybridizing species. Behavioral Ecology 23 (5): 1133-1139. Plath M, R Riesch, ZW Culumber, B Streit and M Tobler. 2011. Giant water bug (Belostoma sp.) predation on a cave fish (Poecilia mexicana): effects of female body size and gestational state. Evolutionary Ecology Research 13:133-144. Culumber ZW, HS Fisher, M Tobler, M Mateos, MD Sorenson, PH Barber and GG Rosenthal. 2011. Replicated hybrid zones of Xiphophorus swordtails along an elevational gradient. Molecular Ecology 20 (2):342-356. Tobler M, ZW Culumber, M Plath, KO Winemiller and GG Rosenthal. 2011. An indigenous religious ritual selects for resistance to a toxicant in a fish (Poecilia mexicana, Poeciliidae). Biology Letters 7 (2): 229-232. Coleman SW, ZW Culumber, A Meaders, J Henson and GG Rosenthal. 2009. Inducible molecular defenses, ultraviolet radiation, and melanomagenesis in natural Xiphophorus hybrids - a field-based investigation of lab-based cancer models. Environmental Biology of Fishes 86 (2): 279-84. Purdy Drew KR, LK Sanders, ZW Culumber, O Zribi and GCL Wong. 2008 Cationic amphiphiles increase activity of aminoglycoside antibiotic tobramycin in the presence of airway polyelectrolytes. Journal of the American Chemical Society 131 (2):486-93.