The Carter lab at CSULB studies a number of different aspects of evolutionary biology as well as biology in general.
The main evolutionary question we are interested in is what influences the EVOLVABILITY, the capacity to evolve, of organisms and species. Evolvability can be influenced by characteristics of populations (e.g., population size) or individuals (e.g., developmental stability) and we study both. Investigating evolvability can be done in many ways; members of the lab use both theoretical (using math and computer simulations) and empirical (using the Drosophila model organism) approaches. Some members also use data from the literature to study specific aspects of evolution in all sorts of other organisms.
Some members of the lab study other aspects of biology. Students in the lab have conducted epidemiological medical studies based on published data and educational studies.
Dr. Carter is always looking for interested students. Curiosity, responsibility, organization and self-motivation are the essential requirements; experience is less important since techniques and information can be learned in the lab. If you are an undergraduate at CSULB or thinking about studying for a masters degree at CSULB, Dr. Carter can be contacted with the information available via the "Contact Information" tab to the left.
The links to the left have information about Carter Lab students and their projects, contact information and Dr. Carter's CV and publications.