Scientist Spotlight: Dr. Shane Campbell-Staton

Dr. Shane Campbell-Staton is an assistant professor of biology at University of California, Los Angeles. His research combines environmental niche modeling, field biology, experimental physiology, and genomic techniques to understand how changing climates affect evolutionary history and lead to adaptive innovation.  When this interview took place in September of 2017, he was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow working in the Catchen Lab at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and the Cheviron Lab at University of Montana, Missoula. He completed my graduate work at Harvard University under Dr. Jonathan Losos and Dr. Scott Edwards.

February 2019 UPDATE: Dr. Campbell-Staton was interviewed on the Ologies podcast about his thermophysiology research, how different organisms have evolved different strategies to deal with thermal stresses, the challenges of adjusting to life as a new professor (some great productivity and time management strategies), his Biology of Superheroes Podcast (which is just awesome), and more! Its a long interview, but well worth a listen!

When Dr. Campbell-Staton was a grad student he was a Harvard Horizons scholar. Below is a video of the talk he gave at the culmination of that project in May of 2015.