Edmund D. Brodie III

B.F.D. Runk Professor in Botany
071D Gilmer Hall
(434) 243-1068
Lab: (434) 243-4338


  • B.A., Princeton University (honors), 1985
  • M.S., University of Chicago, 1987
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1991

Research Interests

I strive to understand both the selective forces shaping biodiversity and the genetic processes that translate natural selection into evolutionary changes. My research focuses on interactions at different levels of biological organization that promote phenotypic and genetic integration, from epistasis between loci within individuals to ecological interactions between different species. The results of interaction can range from genetic coadaptation (the evolution of coadapted gene complexes), to developmental integration, to phenotypic coadaptation of species engaged in coevolutionary interactions. My lab employs a wide variety of approaches to addressing these problems, including quantitative genetics, basic fieldwork, behavioral observations, manipulative experiments, mathematical modeling, and molecular genetics. Much of my work concentrates on the predatory and antipredator adaptations of reptiles and amphibians and the coevolutionary arms races between them. I also explore the evolutionary importance of interactions among conspecifics through studies of indirect genetic effects and social selection, primarily using insect systems.

For more information on research interests, see my lab website.

Representative Publications

  • Formica, V. A., C. W. Wood, P. Cook, E. D. Brodie III. (2016). Consistency of animal social networks after disturbance. Behavioral Ecology, doi:10.1093/beheco/arw128.
  • McGlothlin, J. W. , M. E. Kobiela, C. R. Feldman, T. A. Castoe, S. L. Geffeney,  C. T. Hanifin, G. Toledo, F. J. Vonk, M. K. Richardson, E. D. Brodie, Jr.,  M. E. Pfrender, and E. D. Brodie III. (2016). Historical Contingency in a Multigene Family Facilitates Adaptive Evolution of Toxin Resistance. Current Biology, 26:1616-1621.
  • Wood, C. W. and E. D. Brodie III. (2016). Evolutionary response when selection and genetic variation covary across environments. Ecology Letters, doi: 10.1111/ele.12662.
  • Brodie, E. D., III, and E. D. Brodie, Jr. (2015). Predictably convergent evolution of sodium channels in the arms race between predators and prey. Brain, Behavior and Evolution, 86: 48-57. DOI: 10.1159/000435905.
  • McGlothlin, J. W., J. P. Chuckalovcak, D. E. Janes, S. V. Edwards, C. R. Feldman, E. D. Brodie, Jr., and E. D. Brodie III. (2014). Parallel evolution of tetrodotoxin resistance in three voltage-gated sodium channel genes in the garter snake Thamnophis sirtalis. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 31:2836-2846.
  • Wood, C. W., H. Marti*, E. D. Brodie III. (2014). The effect of ecological context and relatedness on larval cannibalism in a fungus-associated beetle. Behavioral Ecology, 25, 951–959. doi:10.1093/beheco/aru038.