Christopher Oufiero

Associate Professor


Contact Information

Smith Hall, Room No. 253


B.S., Biology
Montclair State University

M.S., Life Sciences
Indiana State University

Ph.D., Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
University of California, Riverside

Areas of Expertise

Evolutionary physiology, sexual selection, functional morphology


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.


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)

Courses Taught

  • Spring: BIOL 325 Animal Physiology