Dr. Dean C Adams

Distinguished Professor

Dean Adams is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University. He is a theoretical evolutionary biologist interested in the macroevolution of multivariate phenotypes. He develops new analytical tools for quantifying multivariate phenotypes (geometric morphometrics), new statistical permutation approaches for high-dimensional data, and new phylogenetic comparative methods for multivariate phenotypes. His empirical work focuses largely on morphological evolution in vertebrates. He has authored over 140 publications, is the primary author of the popular software R-package geomorph, and co-author of the R-package RRPP. Adams is a previous recipient of the NSF CAREER award, was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2018, and was awarded the Rohlf Medal in 2019.

Area of Expertise: 
Evolutionary Biology
B.A., Biology, Franklin & Marshall College, 1992
M.S. Biology, University of Lousiana, Lafayette, 1994
Ph.D. Ecology and Evolution, SUNY at Stony Brook, 1999