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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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 …

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 …

Principles of resilient coding for plant ecophysiologists

Plant ecophysiology is founded on a rich body of physical and chemical theory, but it is challenging to connect theory with data in …

Climate warming weakens local adaptation

Anthropogenic climate change is generating mismatches between the environmental conditions that populations historically experienced …

Recent Posts

Welcome Justin, Jenna, and Kai!

Welcome Justin, Jenna, and Kai!

Welcome Jacob Watts!

Welcome Jacob Watts!

Welcome McKenna Bonn-Savage!

Welcome McKenna Bonn-Savage!


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

  • BIOL 220: Biostatistics
    Lecture: TR, 12:00-1:20 PM HST
    Kuykendall 209
    Lab: M or W, 12:00-2:30 PM HST
    POST 318A

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

Recent & Upcoming Talks

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. …

Independent evolution of ab-and adaxial stomatal density enables adaptation

Are organisms free to reach their adaptive optima or constrained by hard-wired developmental programs? Recent evidence suggests that …