I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of South Florida. My research focuses on genotype-phenotype associations in mammals. I have examined immune response in deer mice, color vision variation in macaques, and fur color differences in lorises.
I am interested in the processes that drives mammalian adaptations and speciation, with a particular interest in the evolution of their coat color & patterns for species delineation & as adaptive mechanisms, such as trichromacy in primates or venom evolution in mammals. To do this I incorporate phenotypic and genotypic data to shed light on how mammals have evolved and adapted over time.
My research has resulted in the recognition of several species of slow lorises (Nycticebus), aided in the conservation of nocturnal primates (Tarsius and Nycticebus), and informed us of the potential adaptive mechanisms influencing coat color variation in a nocturnal primate family (Lorisidae) & color vision variation in macaques.
Rachel A. Munds, PhD
Molecular Biologist & Researcher