showing red blush on body and mouth
present in about 15% of males in populations
Job Title: Associate Professor
Employer: Simon Fraser University
Place of Birth: Evanston, Illinois, USA.
High School attended: Marmion Military Academy
Further Education: University of South Florida (B.Sc.), University of Georgia (M.Sc.), University of Chicago(Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Surinam, Guyana, French Guyana, Brazil
Brief synopsis of current research:
|Red melanzona morph and less colorful parae morph
male Poecilia parae
My main research is on the molecular sytematics and sexual selection in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata) and closely related species (Poecilia parae, Poecilia picta, and undescribed species), from northeast South America. The guppy is the common aquarium guppy, with multicolored males. The closely related species also show interesting morphs, as shown in photographs. My lab is also funded by National Geographic Society to look at conservation biology and conservation genetics of these species.
|Blue melanzona morph of Poecilia parae|
Taylor, J.S., Durkin, J.M.H., and F. Breden. 1999. The death of a microsatellite: A phylogenetic perspective on microsatellite interruptions. Molecular Biology and Evolution 16:567-572.
Breden, F., Ptacek, M.B., Rashed, M., Taphorn, D., and C.A. Figueiredo. 1999. Molecular phylogeny of a live-bearing fish genus Poecilia (Poeciliidae: Cyprinodontiformes). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 12:95-104.
Breden, F. and M. Bertrand. 1999. A test for female attraction to male orange coloration in Poecilia picta. Environmental Biology of Fishes 55:449-453.
Taylor, J.S. and F. Breden. Slipped-strand mispairing at non-contiguous repeats: A model for the formation of minisatellites. Genetics (Accepted, October 1999).