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Windsor Aguirre

  • Associate Professor, Evolutionary Biology
  • ​​​​​​​​​PhD​​​​
  • Biological Sciences
  • ​Evolutionary Biology, Ichthyology

  • (773) 325-8005
  • ​McGowan South, Room 221A       

Classes Taught
  • Concepts in Evolution (BIO 335/435)
  • Molecular Methods in Ecology and Evolution (BIO 321/421)​
  • Evolution (BIO 235)
  • Biostatistics (BIO 206)
  • General Biology II for Science Majors (BIO 192)
  • Biodiversity and the Modern Extinction Crisis (LSP 112) - Focal Point Seminar and​​ part of a first year Short-Term Study Abroad Program
  • Evolution and Society (BIO 104) - Part of the Short-Term Study Abroad Program Galapagos: Evolution and Society 
  • Evolution in Health and Medicine (BIO 110)

Research Interests
Windsor 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
Cucalon, R.V., P. Jimenez-Prado, R. Navarrete-Amaya, J. Valdiviezo-Rivera, A. Torres-Noboa, N. Wierzal, K. Karpan, T. Borders, P. Calle, N. Lujan, and W.E. Aguirre. In press. Phylogeography of the Chocó endemic Rainbow Characin (Teleostei: Rhoadsia). Ichthyology and Herpetology.​

Aguirre, W.E., G. Alvarez-Mieles, F. Anaguano-Yancha, R. Burgos Morán, R.V. Cucalón, D. Escobar Camacho, I. Jácome Negrete, P. Jiménez Prado, E. Laaz, K. Miranda, R. Navarrete Amaya, F. Nugra Salazar, W. Revelo, J.F. Rivadeneira, J. Valdiviezo Rivera, E. Zárate Hugo. 2021. Conservation threats and future prospects for the freshwater fishes of Ecuador: a hotspot of neotropical fish diversity. Journal of Fish Biology. 

Roberts Kingman, G.A., D.N. Vyas, F.C. Jones, H.I. Chen, K. Reid, M. Milhaven, T. Bertino, D.C. Heins, F.A. von Hippel, P.J. Park, W.E. Aguirre, S.D. Brady, M. Kirch, F. Di Palma, M.A. Bell, D.M. Kingsley, K.R. Veeramah. 2021. Predicting future from past: The genomic basis of recurrent and rapid stickleback evolution.​ Science Advances 7(25): eabg5285.​ ​DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abg5285​

Jiménez-Prado, P., and W.E. Aguirre. 2021. Parallel body shape variation in fishes from two coastal rivers of the Ecuadorian Chocó​. Revista de Biologia Tropical 69(1):45-59. DOI 10.15517/RBT.V69I1.41814​

 Alava, J.J., Calle, P., Tirape, A., Biedenbach, G., Alvarado Cadena, O., Maruya, K., Lao, W., Aguirre, W., Jimenez, P.J., Dominguez, G.A., Bossart, G.D., Fair, P.A. 2020. Persistent organic pollutants and mercury in genetically identified inner estuary bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) residents of the Guayaquil Gulf, Ecuador: Ecotoxicological science in support of pollutant management and cetacean conservation. Frontiers in Marine Science 7:122.

Professional Activities
  • Academic Editor PLoS One
  • Research Associate, Field Museum of Natural History​
  • Research Associate, Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, Ecuador
  • Director of Graduate Studies and Chair of the Graduate Committee for the Department of Biological Sciences 

Professional Society Memberships
  • Fellow of the Linnean Society of London
  • Life Member of the Society for the Study of Evolution
  • Member of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists