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Windsor Aguirre

  • Professor, Evolutionary Biology
  • ​​​​​​​​​PhD​​​​
  • Biological Sciences
  • (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
Fuentes-Montejo, C.E., Aguirre, W.E., Elías, D.J., Barrientos, C., McMahan, C.D. 2023​. Niche overlap between sympatric cichlid species of the genus Rocio (Teleostei: Cichlidae) in Guatemala. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. ​​

Santangelo, J.S. et al. 2022. Global urbanization drives adaptation in the plant white clover. Science 375:1275-1281.​

Aguirre, W.E., K. Reid, J. Rivera, D.C. Heins, K.R. Veeramah, and M.A. Bell. 2022. Freshwater colonization, adaptation, and genomic divergence in threespine stickleback fish: ancient and current events. Integrative and Comparative Biology, icac071.​

Cucalón, R.V., P. Jimé​nez-Prado, R. Navarrete-Amaya, J. Valdiviezo-Rivera, A. Torres-​Noboa, N. Wierzal, K. Karpan, T. Borders, P. Calle, N. Lujan, and W.E. Aguirre. 2022. Phylogeography of the Chocó endemic Rainbow Characin (Teleostei: Rhoadsia). Ichthyology and Herpetology 110: 138-155.​​

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 99: 1158-1189.​

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Professional Activities
  • Academic Editor PLoS One
  • Research Associate, Field Museum of Natural History​
  • Research Associate, Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, Ecuador 

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