Uyeda researches the connection between micro-evolutionary processes and macro-evolutionary patterns in shaping trait diversity with the goal of understanding why some species adapt and change, while others stay the same. His work involves building statistical and computational modeling tools in an attempt to connect big patterns of evolutionary change from across a wide range of species to studies of natural populations and the fossil record.
He earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in biology from Oregon’s Willamette University in 2006 and a doctoral degree in zoology in 2012 from Oregon State University. Prior to arriving at Virginia Tech, he served as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Idaho.
Uyeda is one of 22 tenured and tenure-track faculty members to join the College of Science and the Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience this year.
Written by Mari Botha, of Ashburn, Virginia, a junior majoring in economics and professional and technical writing at Virginia Tech.