Peter C. Wainwright

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Center for Population Biology
Evolution and Ecology

Offices and Labs

6330 Storer
(530) 752-6782

Profile Introduction

Evolution and ecology of vertebrate biomechanics.


1988 PhD Anatomy University of Chicago

Research Interests

Evolution and ecology of functional morphology, especially feeding mechanisms of fishes and other vertebrates; locomotion; phenotypic plasticity; complexity; diversity.

Evolution and ecology of vertebrate biomechanics.

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Population Biology

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS


Field Sites

Great Barrier Reef, Palau, Belize, Bahamas, Bonaire, Florida

Teaching Interests

Animal diversity and evolution. Vertebrate evolution. Functional morphology/biomechanics.


EVE 105 Phylo Anly/Vrtbrate
EVE 211 Applied Phylogenetics
PBG 200C Principles of Population Biology


7/25/2012 12:10:31 PM
  • Wainwright, P. C., W. L. Smith, S. A. Price, K. L. Tang, L. A. Ferry-Graham, J. S. Sparks and T. J. Near. In Press. The evolution of pharyngognathy: a phylogenetic and functional appraisal of the pharyngeal jaw key innovation in labroid fishes and beyond. Systematic Biology.
  • Holzman, R., Collar, D. C., Mehta, R. S. & P. C. Wainwright. 2012. An integrative approach to elucidate suction feeding performance. Journal of Experimental Biology. 215:1-13.
  • Holzman, R. S., D. C. Collar, R. S. Mehta & P. C. Wainwright. 2011. Mechanical complexity can mitigate evolutionary trade-offs. American Naturalist. 177:E69-E83.
  • Price, S. A., Holzman, R., Near, T. J. & Wainwright, P. C. 2011. Coral reefs promote the evolution of morphological diversity and ecological novelty in labrid fishes. Ecology Letters. 14:462-469.