Dylan Dittrich-Reed

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

134 Long Hall
Phone: 864-656-1440
Fax: 864-656-0435
Email: ddittri@clemson.edu


  • Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2013
  • B.S. Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis, 2005

Research Interests

My research focus is mainly pedagogical. I am interested in how student-led research in teaching laboratories affects student attitudes toward and retention in the biological sciences. Additionally, I am interested in whether there is a student learning trade-off between gains in analytical thinking skills and factual knowledge when students are taught using inquiry-based pedagogical methods.

From a biological perspective, I am interested in how genetic exchange affects the processes of adaptation to and speciation in novel environments. I use Tribolium castaneum as a model system.

      Selected Publications

      • Kendall, KD, M Niemiller, D Dittrich-Reed, LD Chick, L Wilmoth, A Milt, M Burt, N Lopes, L Cantwell, L Rubio, A Allison, and EE Schussler. 2013. Departments can develop teaching identities of graduate students. CBE Life Sciences Education 12: 316-317.
      • Dittrich-Reed, DR, BM Fitzpatrick. 2012. Transgressive hybrids as hopeful monsters. Evolutionary Biology. DOI 10.1007/s11692-012-9209-0.
      • Pruitt, JN, KW Demes, DR Dittrich-Reed. 2011. Temperature mediates shifts in individual aggressiveness, activity-level, and social behavior in a spider. Ethology 117 (4): 318-325.
      • Strauss, SY, ML Stanton, NC Emery, CA Bradley, A Carleton, DR Dittrich-Reed, OA Ervin, LN Gray, AM Hamilton, JH Rogge, SD harper, KC Law, VQ Pham, ME Putnam, TM Roth, JH Theil, LM Wells, EM Yoshizuka. 2009. Cryptic seedling herbivory by nocturnal introduced generalists impacts survival, performance of native and exotic plants. Ecology 90 (2): 419-429.



      Recent Courses

      •  BIOL 1100 – Principles of Biology I

          Professional Affiliations

            • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
            • Society for the Study of Evolution