Martha Muñoz

Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Martha Muñoz is Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. Her research focuses on conceptually and empirically synthesizing pattern and process in evolution. To uncover the mechanisms that cause evolution to accelerate or stall, she investigates how animals currently interact with their environments, and how those interactions scale up to repeatable patterns across deep evolutionary time. She then applies her discoveries to major contemporary issues like global climate change and bioinspired engineering. She recently received the Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Naturalists and her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation. For the past two years she was an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. Prior to joining Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, she conducted postdoctoral research at Duke University and at the Australian National University and was a William J. Fulbright research fellow at the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2014, and her B.A. from Boston University in 2007.