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Department of Zoology



My research focuses on the intersection of evolution, ecology, and behaviour. Broadly, I seek to understand how variation in selective pressures affects the origins and evolution of biological diversity. More specifically, I focus on adaptation and how it is affected by spatial and temporal variation in selection. Understanding such processes is critical in contemporary times due to humans having an unprecedented influence on the environment.


Key publications: 

Gotanda, K. M. (accepted) Human influences on antipredator behaviour in Darwin's finches. Journal of Animal Ecology

Montiglio, P. O.*, Gotanda, K. M.*, Kratochwil, C.F.*, Laskowski, K. L.*, Farine, D. R.* (2019) Nested interaction networks represent a missing link in the study of behavioural and community ecology. Behavioural Ecology

Gotanda, K. M., Pack, A. §, Leblond, C., Hendry, A. P. (2019) Do replicates of independent guppy lineages evolve similarly in a predator-free laboratory environment? Ecology and Evolution 9: 36–51 

De León, L. F., Sharpe, D. M. T., Gotanda, K. M., Raeymaekers, J. A. M., Chaves J. A., Hendry, A. P., Podos, J. (2018) Urbanization erodes niche segregation in Darwin’s finches. Evolutionary Applications

Hendry, A. P., Gotanda, K. M., Svensson, E. I. (2017). Human influences on evolution, and the ecological and societal consequences. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society – B.

Berger-Tal, O., Greggor, A. L., Macura, B., Adams, C., Blumenthal, A., Bouskila, A., Candolin, U., Doran, C., Gotanda, K. M., Price, C., Putman, B., Segoli, M., Snijders, L., Wong, B. B. M., Blumstein, D. T. (2018) Making the case for systematic evidence syntheses as a tool for applying animal behaviour to management and policy. Behavioral Ecology

Siepielski, A. M.*, Gotanda, K. M.*, Morrissey, M. B., Diamond, S. E., DiBattista, J. D., Carlson, S. M. (2013). The spatial patterns of directional phenotypic selection. Ecology Letters. 16(11): 1382-1392. doi : 10.1111/ele.12174 *Authors contributed equally to this work. **F1000 Prime recommended.

Gotanda, K. M., Turgeon, K., and Kramer, D. L. (2009). Body size and reserve protection affect flight initiation distance in parrotfishes. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 63(11):1563-1572. doi: 10.1007/s00265-009-0750-5

Other publications: 

Carvajal-Endara, S., Hendry, A. P., Emery, N. C., Neu, C. P., Carmona, D., Gotanda, K. M., Davies, T. J., Chaves, J., Johnson, M. T. J. (in press) The ecology and evolution of seed predation by Darwin's finches on Tribulus cistoides in the Galápagos Islands. Ecological Monographs

Knutie, S. A., Chaves, J. A., Gotanda, K. M. (2019) Human disturbances can influence the body mass and gut microbiota of Darwin’s finches. Molecular Ecology

Pringle. R. M., Kartzinel, T. R., Palmer, T. M., Thurman, T. J., Fox-Dobbs, K., Xu, C. C. Y., Hutchinson, M. C., Coverdale, T. C., Daskin, J. H., Evangelista, D. A., Gotanda, K. M., Man in ‘t Veld, N., Wegener, J. E., Kolbe, J. J., Schoener, T. W., Spiller, D. A., Losos, J. B., Barrett, R. D. H. (2019) Predator-induced collapse of niche structure and species coexistence. Nature 570: 58-74
Knutie, S. A.* and Gotanda, K. M.* (2018) A non-destructive method to collect fecal samples from wild birds for microbiome studies. Microbial Ecology 76(4): 851-855

Theodosopoulos, A. N. § and Gotanda, K. M. (2018) Death of a Darwin’s Finch: a consequence of anthropogenic debris? The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 130(4): 1023-1028 

Michel, A. J., Ward, L. M., Goffredi, S. K., Dawson, K., Baldassarre, D. T., Brenner, A., Gotanda, K. M., McCormack, J. E., Mullin, S., O’Neill, A., Tender, G., Uy, J. A. C., Yu, K., Orphan, V. J., Chaves, J. A. (2018) The gut of the finch: uniqueness of the gut microbiome of the Galápagos vampire finch. Microbiome 6(167): 1-14

De Lira, J. J. P. R., Peréz-Jvostov, F., Gotanda, K. M., Kou-Giesbrecht, S. §, Pease, S. K. §, Jackson, M. §, Jersch, S. §, Hendry, A. P. (2018) Testing for whole-organism trade-off between natural and sexual selection: are the male guppies preferred by females more likely to be consumed by predators? Evolutionary Ecology Research 19: 441-453

Siepielski, A., Morrissey, M. B., Buoro, M., Carlson, S. M., Caruso, C. M., Clegg, S. M., Coulson, T., DiBattista, J., Gotanda, K. M., Francis, C. D., Hereford, J., Kingsolver, J. G., Augustine, K. E., Kruuk, L. E. B., Martin, R. A., Sheldon, B. C., Sletvold, N., Svensson, E. I., Wade, M. J., MacColl, A. D. C. (2017). Precipitation drives global variation in natural selection. Science 355(6328): 959–962. doi: 10.1126/science.aag2773

Alberti, M., Correa, C. Marzluff, J. Hendry, A. P., Palkovacs, E. P., Gotanda, K. M., Hunt, V. Apgar, T. M., Zhou, Y. (2017). Global urban signatures of phenotypic change in animal and plant populations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences doi: 10.1073/pnas.1606034114 

Gotanda, K. M., Sharpe, D. M. T., De León, L. F. (2015). Galapagos Mockingbird preys on an invasive mammal. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 127(1): 138-141. doi: 10.1676/14-055.1

Gotanda, K. M., Correa, C., Turcotte, M. M., Rolshausen, G., Hendry, A. P. (2015) Linking macro-trends and micro-rates: re-evaluating micro-evolutionary support for Cope’s Rule. Evolution 69(5): 1345-1354. doi: 10.1111/evo.12653

Gotanda, K. M. and Hendry, A. P. (2014). Using adaptive traits to consider potential consequences of temporal variation in selection: male guppy colour through time and space. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 112(1): 108-122. doi: 10.1111/bij.12261

Gotanda, K. M., Delaire, L. C., Raeymaekers, J. A. M., Pérez-Jvostov, F., Dargent, F., Bentzen, P., Scott, M. E., Fussmann, G. F., Hendry, A. P. (2013). Adding parasites to the guppy-predation story: insights from field surveys. Oecologia. 172(1): 155-166. doi: 10.1007/s00442-012-2485-7

Gotanda, K. M., Reardon, E. E., Murphy, S. M. C. and Chapman, L. J. (2012). Critical swim speed and fast-start response in an African Cichlid: convergent performance in divergent oxygen regimes. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 90(5): 545-554. doi: 10.1139/z2012-019

Haller, B. C., De León, L. F., Rolshausen, G., Gotanda, K. M., Hendry, A. P. (2012). Magic traits: distinguishing the important from the trivial. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 27(1): 5-6. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2011.09.005

Gotanda. K. M., Reardon, E. E., Chapman, L. J. (2011). Hypoxia and behaviour in a male African cichlid. Journal of Fish Biology. 78(7): 2085-2092. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2011.02996.x