Peter C. Wainwright

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Position Title

Department of Evolution and Ecology, College of Biological Sciences
Center for Population Biology
Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute

6330 Storer

Profile Introduction

Evolution and ecology of vertebrate biomechanics.

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.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Ecology
  • Population Biology

Specialties / Focus

  • Behavior, Physiology and Morphology
  • Evolutionary Ecology and Life History Strategies
  • Systematics and Comparative Biology


  • EVE 12 Life in the Sea
  • EVE 105 Phylo Anly/Vrtbrate
  • EVE 211 Applied Phylogenetics
  • PBG 200C Principles of Population Biology

Field Sites

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


  • 1988 PhD Anatomy University of Chicago


Burress, E.D. and P.C. Wainwright. 2019. Adaptive radiation in labrid fishes: a central role for functional novelties during 65 My of relentless diversification. Evolution. 73:346-359.

Martinez, C.M., M.D. McGee, S.R. Borstein and P.C. Wainwright. 2018. Feeding ecology underlies the evolution of cichlid jaw mobility. Evolution. 72:1645-1655. doi:10.1111/evo.13518

Longo, S.J., T. Goodearly and P.C. Wainwright. 2018. Power-amplified feeding mechanics in snipefish (Macroramphosus scolopax). Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 285:20181078.

Wainwright, P.C., F. Santini, D.R. Bellwood, D.R. Robertson, L.A. Rocha, M.E. Alfaro. 2018. Phylogenetics and geography of speciation in New World Halichoeres wrasses. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 121:35-45.