Annette Evans, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Biology Department
Joined USJ:
Academic Degrees Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut
M.S., Biosecurity and Conservation, University of Auckland, New Zealand
B.S., Biological Sciences and Geology, University of Auckland, New Zealand
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Annette E. Evans is a ecologist, herpetologist, and conservation biologist. Her interests focus on the eco-evolutionary dynamics of polymorphic systems (particularly in vertebrate systems) and studying the impacts of invasive species on native communities in America and New Zealand.


Lecturer, Yale University, 2021
Adjunct Professor, University of Connecticut, 2020 – 2021
Teaching Assistant, University of Connecticut, 2014 – 2020
Research technician, University of Auckland, 2014
Ecologist, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, 2013


Research Interests

I am interested in how anthropogenic-driven disturbances affect the eco-evolutionary dynamics, biodiversity, and structure of native communities. Much of my work has focused on population and community responses to climate change and the addition or removal of invasive species. My current work combines invasion ecology and climate change to inform land management by modeling the current and future abundance distributions of invasive plants in eastern North America.

Selected Publications:

Evans, AE, Urban MC, Jockusch EL. 2020. Developmental temperature alters color polymorphism but not hatchling size in a woodland salamander. Oecologia. 1 – 10
doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-020-04630-y

Evans, AE., Forester, BR., Jockusch, E., and Urban, MC. 2018 A widespread salamander does not show predicted morph frequency shifts despite 40 years of climate change. Ecography 41: 1687-1697 doi:10.1111/ecog.03588
Towns, DR., Borelle, S., Thoresen, J., Buxton, RT., and Evans, A. 2016. Mercury Islands and their role in understanding seabird island restoration. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 40.2: 235-249

Evans, AE., Towns, D., Beggs, J. 2015. The relative importance of sugar resources to endemic gecko populations in an isolated island ecosystem. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 39.2: 262