- General Biology II for Science Majors (BIO 192)
- Biostatistics (BIO 206)
- Evolution (BIO 235)
- Molecular Methods in Ecology and Evolution (BIO 321/421)
- Concepts in Evolution (BIO 335/435)
- Evolution in Health and Medicine (BIO 110)
Aguirre's lab is broadly interested in studying the early stages of evolutionary diversification and how different factors facilitate or constrain evolution. Most of the research in the lab involves fishes, with projects taking place in a variety of geographic locations from tropical (e.g., Ecuador) to temperate (e.g., Alaska, Chicago) ecosystems. Many different tools are used to tease apart the complexity of biological systems, including geometric morphometrics to study morphological variation and molecular markers to study genetic variation.
Research projects in the lab are quite diverse and include studies of the evolution of body form of closely related fishes adapting to different habitats, the impact of human-mediated habitat transformation on fishes, and the evolutionary history and population genetic structure of Neotropical fish species. A major focus of the lab involves studying how the axial skeleton responds to the evolution of body form as populations adapt to different habitats, the functional significance of these changes, and the underlying developmental mechanisms. The lab is also conducting basic research on the ecology and evolution of freshwater fish species in western Ecuador.
Aguirre, W.E., A. Young, R. Navarrete Amaya, J. Valdiviezo Rivera, P. Jiménez Prado, R. Cucalón Tamayo, T. Borders, F. Nugra Salazar, P. Calle Delgado, and V. Shervette. 2019. Vertebral number covaries with body form and elevation along the Western Slopes of the Ecuadorian Andes in the Neotropical fish genus Rhoadsia (Teleostei: Characidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.
Malato, G., V.R. Shervette, R. Navarrete Amaya, J. Valdiviezo Rivera, F. Nugra Salazar, P. Calle Delgado, K.C. Karpan, and W.E. Aguirre. 2017. Parallel body shape divergence in the Neotropical fish genus Rhoadsia (Teleostei: Characidae) along elevational gradients of the Western Slopes of the Ecuadorian Andes. PLoS One 12(6):e0179432.
Aguirre, W.E., S.E. Contreras, K.M. Carlson, A.J. Jagla, and L. Arellano. 2016. Evolutionary diversification of body form and the axial skeleton in the Gasterosteoidei — the sticklebacks and their closest relatives. Evolutionary Ecology Research 17:373-393.