Welcome to David Pfennig’s Lab


Welcome to the Pfennig lab!  Our research explores the interplay between evolutionary, ecological, and developmental processes.  Presently, research in the lab focuses primarily on:

  1. (1)phenotypic (developmental) plasticity;

  2. (2)character displacement (both inter- and intra-specific); and

  3. (3)mimicry.

To learn more about our lab, please click on the various 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 triggered by its environment; a nonvenomous scarlet kingsnake, which mimics venomous coral snakes.