Noëlle Bittner


    Integrative Biology / Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
    3172 VLSB


    Fundamentally, I am interested in the genomic basis of adaptation and the forces that contribute to and maintain adaptive phenotypes in natural populations. I am especially interested in the extent of the genetic “toolbox” and the pathways available to evolutionary. My graduate work has focused on many facets of adaptation in the rock pocket mouse, Chaetodipus intermedius, from fine scale dissections of the genetic basis of a relatively simple trait, color polymorphism, to understanding the genomic architecture of complex traits associated with thriving despite drinking no free water.

    Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, 2016
    Rosemary Grant Award in Aid of Research, Society for the Study of Evolution, 2013
    IGERT Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2011-2013
    Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation, 2011, 2012
    Margaret Walsh Grantham Fund Award, Smith College, 2008
    Graduate student instructor:
    IB104: Vertebrate Natural History (Spring 2014, 2015, 2016)
    Bio1B: Introductory Biology (Fall 2013, 2014, 2015)


    University of California, Berkeley, CA
    Ph.D. Candidate, Integrative Biology, 2013-present

    University of Arizona, Tucson AZ,
    M.A., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2013

    Smith College, Northampton, MA
    B.A., Biological Sciences, 2009