Michael Blum



The Molecular Ecology Laboratory at Tulane University, led by Dr. Michael Blum, pursues research on contemporary & emerging environmental issues including land use impacts on aquatic ecosystems, the spread of non-native species, and climate change. By addressing fundamental and applied questions in ecology and evolutionary biology, members of the lab aim to improve natural resource management and biological conservation. His early work examined how land use and landscape change destabilize hybrid zones, and how unstable hybrid zones relate to models of evolutionary diversification. This research focused on Neotropical butterflies that serve as model systems for the study of hybridization, speciation and adaptive radiations.