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Dr. Dean C Adams

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 150 publications, is the primary author of the popular software R-package geomorph, and co-author of the R-package RRPP and the package MetaWin. Adams is a previous recipient of the NSF CAREER award, is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and was a recipient of the Rohlf Medal.

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315 Bessey


  • B.A., Biology, Franklin & Marshall College, 1992
  • M.S. Biology, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, 1994
  • Ph.D. Ecology and Evolution, SUNY at Stony Brook, 1999

Interdepartmental Programs

  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

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Vertebrate Biology (Biol 365)

Advanced Biostatistics (EEOB 590C)

Macroevolution (Biol 465 / EEOB 565)