acahill [at] albion.edu
Office: 254 Putnam Hall
Dr. Abigail E. Cahill
My research interests center around evolutionary ecology of early life stages of marine species. I am interested in questions relating dispersal of marine invertebrates to other ecological and evolutionary processes, especially how dispersal type can influence local adaptation to temperature regimes and ultimately how these species may or may not evolve in response to global climate change. I am also interested in how marine invertebrate population dynamics are driven by recruitment and subsequent survival, and how these crucial processes are affected by environmental, phenotypic, and genetic variation.
Now that I live in Michigan, I am expanding my research program to ask similar questions of terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates.
I recently finished a post-doc position in the Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d'Ecologie marine et continentale (IMBE), working at the Station Marine d'Endoume (Marseille, France) to understand population genetics, connectivity, and dispersal in marine systems.
I obtained my Ph.D. in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University, working in the lab of Jeffrey Levinton on the evolutionary ecology of gastropods in the genus Crepidula.
I am looking for undergraduate collaborators to join the lab. Please see the Research Opportunities page if you are interested in joining us.