Welcome to David Pfennig’s Lab


Welcome to the Pfennig lab!  Our research explores the interplay among evolutionary, ecological, and developmental processes and how this interplay shapes the astonishing diversity of life forms.   We utilize a variety of model systems––from viruses to vertebrates––and employ a wide array of approaches––from experiments in the wild to analyses of patterns of gene expression. 

Presently, research in the lab focuses primarily on the following topics:

  1. (1)the proximate and evolutionary causes and consequences of phenotypic plasticity;

  2. (2)the evolutionary and ecological implications of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance;

  3. (3)competition’s role in diversification;

  4. (4)the evolution and development of mimicry.

To learn more about our lab, please click on the links at the top of this page.

Overview of Research

Two model systems studied in the Pfennig lab (left): a carnivore-morph spadefoot toad tadpole, whose distinctive features are induced by its environment; a nonvenomous scarlet kingsnake, which mimics venomous coral snakes.

Return to David Pfennig’s UNC Biology Department homepagehttp://www.bio.unc.edu/Faculty/Pfennig/