Dr. Stacey Lance

2012 StaceyZeke

Assistant Research Scientist
University of Georgia
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory


Postdoctoral Fellow - Smithsonian Institution National Zoological Park

Ph.D. - Zoology, University of Maryland

B.S. - Biology, University of Conneticut


I am an Assistant Research Scientist at SREL and run the Molecular Ecology program. Before coming to SREL I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Colby College in Waterville, ME. While there I taught Molecular Ecology, Vertebrate Zoology, Ecology, Evolution, Evolution of Disease, and Molecular Biology. Previously I worked as a postdoctoral fellow and then a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Insititution's National Zoological Park in what is now theCenter for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics. I earned my Ph.D. in zoology at the University of Maryland and my B.S. in Biology at the University of Connecticut (and am still an avid UConn Husky fan).

Research Interests

My research has always been driven by a desire to both preserve variation and to understand the evolutionary factors involved in its maintenance. That interest has led me to study a broad array of questions addressing the evolution of mating systems, conservation genetics, physiological ecology, and phylogeography. More recently, I have been focusing on the impact of environmental and natural stressors on ecology, behavior, and genetics—with a particular interest in sublethal responses and adaptation to stress. I have been fortunate enough to work on a wide variety of species including lots of amphibians, gray foxes, Delmarva fox squirrels, alligators, northern fur seals, milkweed beetles, and cardinal flowers. I am much more focused on the questions than the species. That being said, now that I'm at SREL the diversity of herps is pretty amazing and most of my current projects focus on amphibians and reptiles, but I'm wicked excited to start our gray wolf project in Belarus!

The content and opinions expressed on this web page do not necessarily reflect the views of nor are they endorsed by the University of Georgia or the University System of Georgia. Jason O'Bryhim & Stacey Lance 2013