Ted Garland did his PhD at the University of California, Irvine, working on exercise physiology of lizards. His main research interests concern the evolution of complex behavioral and physiological adaptations, especially related to locomotor performance of terrestrial vertebrates. He has promoted use of two major approaches in modern evolutionary physiology: quantitative genetics combined with experimental evolution, and phylogenetically informed comparative analyses. The former approach has led him to develop a unique study system – mice selectively bred for increased voluntary exercise on wheels. The experiment started in 1993 and has so far resulted in more than 120 research papers. His co-edited book, Experimental Evolution (2009), is a benchmark in the field. Methods and statistical software developed by Ted and his collaborators to consider phylogenetic information in the analysis of comparative data are now popular tools in a wide range of research areas.
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