Janette Boughman

Professor of Integrative Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing

Janette Boughman is currently affiliated with the Department of Integrative Biology; the Ecology,
Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior program; and the Beacon Center for the Study of Evolution
in Action at the Michigan State University. She earlier held the position of Visiting Scientist at the
Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology and was Assistant Professor of Zoo-
logy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Lecturer
at the University of British Columbia. She has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in Arctic
Research in Iceland, is the Vice President of the Society for the Study of Evolution, and has been
an NSF International Research Fellow, a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow,
and a Smithsonian Fellow. She earned a Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Maryland and an
MA in Linguistics from the University of New Hampshire.

Boughman’s research uses an integrative approach to investigate the evolution of behavior and the
process of speciation. She has authored sixty scientific research papers in leading international
scientific journals. She has been continuously funded by major grants from the US National
Science Foundation for twenty-three years and currently leads an NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity
collaborative research program on rapid evolution in response to changing environments.

At SCAS, Boughman will work with Dr. Maria Servedio on joint projects that use a theoretical
approach to understand how a particularly powerful form of sexual selection affects the
speciation process.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2017-18.