Chris Muir

Chris Muir

Assistant Professor

University of Hawaiʻi

About the Quantitative Evolutionary Physiology Lab

My lab is located in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi in beautiful Mānoa. We study how plants work and why they evolved to work that way using a combination of experimental, comparative, and quantitative approaches. Please check out the Research page for more information on current research. If these types of questions interest you, please contact me about working together!


  • Evolutionary Physiology
  • Adaptation
  • Biostatistics


  • PhD in Evolutionary Biology, 2013

    Indiana University

  • BS in Biology, 2006

    College of William & Mary

Recent Publications

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Selection on early survival does not explain germination rate clines in Mimulus cardinalis (Phrymaceae)

Many traits covary with environmental gradients to form phenotypic clines. While local adaptation to the environment can generate …

Technical comment on 'Negative-assortative mating for color in wolves'

Hedrick et al (2016) reported on ‘negative-assortative mating for color in wolves’ from Yellowstone National Park, the …

The acquisitive–conservative axis of leaf trait variation emerges even in homogeneous environments

The acquisitive–conservative axis of plant ecological strategies results in a pattern of leaf trait covariation that captures the …

Recent Posts

Welcome Max!

Max Gatlin is new technician studying how pathogens colonize leaves

BIOL 499 Project on adaptive plasticity in sea urchins

Summary of Lily's BIOL499 project

Welcome Paul!

Welcome Paul!


I am currently teaching the following course(s) at the University of Hawaiʻi:

  • BOT 470: Evolution
    Lecture: MWF, 10:30-11:20 PM HST
    HIG 110

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Genetic Variation in Ontogenetic Patterns in Leaf Anatomical Traits in a Long-Term Field Experiment

Ontogeny refers to the genetically regulated shifts in phenotypic traits across developmental phases. While ontogenetic variation is …

Finding genes responsible for evolution of complex 3D leaf anatomy using tomographic microscopy

Traits in wild relatives of crop species can help breed sustainable crop varieties that produce more food with fewer resources. To make …

Eons of pore decisions: how selection shapes the stomatal morphospace

The paleontologist David Raup introduced the concept of a morphospace, the theoretical limits on morphological variation among …

How will climate change affect the variance in fitness? An empirical test in the perennial herb Mimulus cardinalis

George Gilchrist's fly lab at the College of William and Mary studied adaptation to climate on ecological time scales. Now a major …

licorer: Software to read and process LI-COR photosynthesis data files in R

Measuring photosynthesis is important in a variety of fields, such as botany and agriculture, as there is much to be learned from it. …