Zach Culumber, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences


301 Sparkman Drive
Shelby Center
Room 369N
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Curriculum Vitae

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  • 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

Recent Publications

  • Culumber, Z. W. 2022. Variation in behavioral traits across a broad latitudinal gradient in a livebearing fish. Evolutionary Ecology.

  • Culumber, ZW. 2020. Thermal stress increases activity and risk-taking behavior but not anxiety in a livebearing fish. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 1-5.

  • Culumber, ZW. 2020. Behavioural response to simulated avian predation varies with latitude and predation intensity of natural populations. Evolutionary Ecology, 34, 1037-1046.

  • Culumber, ZW, Engel N, Travis J, & Hughes KA. 2020. Larger female brains do not reduce male sexual coercion. Animal Behaviour, 160, 15-24.

  • Culumber ZW, Anaya-Rojas JM, Booker WW, Hooks AP, Lange EC, Pluer B., ... & Travis J. 2019. Widespread biases in ecological and evolutionary studies. BioScience, 69(8), 631-640.

  • Culumber ZW, Kraft B, Travis J, and KA Hughes. 2018. Gene-by-social environment interaction and the maintenance of genetic polymorphism in Gambusia holbrooki. Evolution 72(5):1146-1154.

  • Culumber ZW and M Tobler. 2018. Correlated evolution of thermal niches and functional physiology in tropical freshwater fishes. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 31(5):722-734.

  • 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.

Affiliate Faculty

Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology

Dr. Gregory Barsh

Research Faculty

Dr. Josh Clevenger

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Dr. Nick Cochran

HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology

Dr. Sara Cooper

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Dr. Gregory Cooper

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Dr. Jane Grimwood

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Dr. Jian Han

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Dr. Alex Harkess

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Dr. Neil Edward Lamb

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Dr. Elaine Lyon

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Dr. John Mayo

Professor Emeritus, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans

Dr. Richard Myers

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Dr. Le Su

Junior Fellow HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology

Dr. Kankshita Swaminathan

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