Department of Geophysical Sciences and the College
Graham Slater is a macro-evolutionary biologist who studies large-scale evolutionary patterns. His specific research interests focus on understanding the evolution of morphological and species diversity in space and time. He works at the intersection of paleobiology and biology, integrating genetic and phenotypic data from living and fossil species to understand how they are related to one another, differences in the rate at which evolution has occurred in different lineages, and the intrinsic and extrinsic factors, such as developmental constraints versus climate-driven trends, that have influenced outcomes of evolutionary processes.
His research has been published in such journals as Evolution, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Slater received a BSc in zoology from University College London and an MSc from Imperial College London. He holds a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received the Robert E. Lasiewski Award for excellence in research. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, he completed a prestigious three-year Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.