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Windsor Aguirre

  • waguirre@depaul.edu
  • Associate Professor, Evolutionary Biology
  • ​PhD​
  • Biological Sciences
  • (773) 325-8005
  • ​McGowan South, Room 221A       

Classes Taught
  • 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)
  • Biology Capstone (BIO 395)
  • Vertebrate Diversity and Evolution (BIO 124)
Research Interests

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.


Select Publications

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. 

Aguirre, W.E., R. Navarrete, G. Malato, P. Calle, M.K. Loh, W.F. Vital, G. Valadez, V. Vu, V.R. Shervette, and J.C. Granda. 2016. Body Shape variation and population genetic structure of Rhoadsia altipinna (Characidae: Rhoadsiinae) in Southwestern Ecuador. Copeia 104:554–569.


Professional Activities
  • Vice-Chair of the IACUC Committee
  • Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences Web Page Committee
  • Member of the Department of Biological Sciences Graduate Committee
  • Member of the Steering Committee for the Center for Latino Research at DePaul University
  • Member of the External Advisory Board for the AGEP-T FRAME Program at Stony Brook University
  • Research Associate, Museo Ecuatoriano de Ciencias Naturales
  • Research Associate, Field Museum of Natural History
Professional Society Memberships
  • Fellow of the Linnean Society of London
  • Society for the Study of Evolution
  • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists