The Nelson Hairston Lab

Cornell University

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology


Research in the Hairston Lab focuses on the interactions within and between microevolutionary, population, community, and ecosystem processes.  We study primarily freshwater organisms (including zooplankton, phytoplankton, insects and fish) because inland aquatic habitats such as lakes, ponds and streams have boundaries and directional inputs that make ecological interactions intense and inescapable. Ecological and evolutionary forces are easily identified and relatively easy to study as patterns in nature, experimentally in field enclosures, and in laboratory microcosms.


Barbara Meyer

Take Yoshida & Randy Wayne