Welcome to the Earley Lab!


It’s not all lab work! Much of our research goes beyond the lab and takes us to places like the Florida mangrove ecosystems (pictured above) where we can encounter the rivulus in its natural habitat!

In Dr. Ryan Earley’s integrative animal behavior lab we fuse mechanistic and evolutionary approaches to understand behavior, phenotypic plasticity, and physiology. We strive to achieve a balance between field and laboratory work in order to better understand the selection pressures that might guide behavioral variation within and among species, as well as the environmental conditions that might promote plasticity. In the laboratory, our work centers around the mangrove rivulus found in the mangrove ecosystems of south Florida, the Caribbean, and Central America. Our research goes beyond laboratory studies of hormones, metabolism, and gene expression to integrate field observations and collections. Our laboratory is a collaborative enterprise that involve undergraduates, graduates and Dr. Earley, all of whom interact with other laboratories globally, with the hopes of shedding some light on the mechanisms underlying phenotypic variation, and the ecological and evolutionary forces that maintain (or cull) such variation in natural populations!

Dr. Ryan Earley received a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Louisville and completed his postdoctoral research at the NSF Center for Behavioral Neurosciences. He is now an associate professor and our research director at the University of Alabama!