Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics

Department of Biological Sciences



Chris Oufiero

Assistant Professor

Office:   Smith Hall, Room No. 253
Phone:   410-704-3743
Fax:   410-704-2405
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Research Interests:

I am broadly interested in evolutionary physiology and functional morphology. My research can be divided into three general areas: 1) The consequences of sexual selection on functional traits (such as the effect of exaggerated morphologies on locomotion in Xiphophorus), integrating sexual selection, physiology, behavior and phylogenetic comparative methods; 2) Diversity and trade-offs in functional traits such as swimming and feeding performance; 3) The effects of climate variability on morphology and physiology, particularly in ectotherms, incorporating a phylogenetic comparative approach. I use a variety of techniques and methods, and have investigated these topics in a variety of organisms, focusing on teleosts and squamates, but have also collaborated on projects working on other taxa such as mammals, arachnids and squid.

Recent Publications:

Oufiero, C.E. and G.E.A. Gartner. 2014. The effect of parity on morphological evolution among phrynosomatid lizards. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 27: 2559-2567.

Oufiero, C.E., R. Meredith, K. Jugo, P.Tran, M.A. Chappell, M. Springer, D.N. Reznick and T. Garland, Jr. 2014. The evolution of the sexually selected sword in Xiphophorus does not compromise aerobic locomotor performance. Evolution. 68: 1806-1823.

Oufiero, C.E., K. Jugo and T. Garland, Jr. Swimming with a sword: Tail beat kinematics in relation to sword length in Xiphophorus. 2014. Functional Ecology. 28: 924-932.

Price, S.A., L. Schmitz, C.E. Oufiero, R.I. Eytan, A. Dornburg, W.L. Smith, M. Friedman, T.J. Near and P.C. Wainwright. Two waves of colonization straddling the K-Pg boundary formed the modern reef fish fauna. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 281: 20140321

Oufiero, C.E., R.A. Holzman, F.A. Young and P.C. Wainwright. 2012. New insights from serranid fishes on the role of trade-offs in suction feeding diversification. The Journal of Experimental Biology 215:3845-3855.

Van Sant, M. J., C.E. Oufiero, A. Muñoz-Garcia, K.A. Hammond and J.B. Williams. 2012. A phylogenetic approach to total evaporative water loss in mammals. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 85: 526-532.

Oufiero, C.E., K. Jugo, P. Tran and T. Garland, Jr. 2012. As the sword grows: individual variation and ontogenetic effects of a sexually selected trait on locomotor performance in Xiphophorus hellerii. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 85:684-93.

Oufiero, C.E., G.E.A. Gartner, S.C. Adolph, and T. Garland Jr. 2011. Latitudinal and climatic variation in scale counts and body size in Sceloporus lizards: a phylogenetic perspective. Evolution. 65:3590-3607 (Cover)





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