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P: 864-656-2328
E: biolsci@clemson.edu

Campus Location

132 Long Hall, Clemson, SC 29634

Hours

Monday - Friday:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Margaret Ptacek

Biological Sciences

Professor

Director of Clemson TIGERS Advance

Jordan Hall 213 [Office]

mptacek@clemson.edu

Educational Background

B.S., Biology, Emporia State University, 1981
M.S., Biology, Emporia State University, 1984
Ph.D., Biology, University of Missouri, 1991

Profile/About Me

Dr. Ptacek is a Professor in Biological Sciences and an evolutionary biologist. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri and was a postdoctoral associate at the Florida State University. She has worked in the department since 2001.

Research Interests

Dr Ptacek studies the evolution of mating signals and locally adaptive traits in a variety of fish species to better understand the mechanisms of divergence and speciation.

Courses Taught

Evolutionary Biology (BIOL 3350)

Honors Evolutionary Biology (BIOL H3350)

Understanding Genetics and Evolution (BIOL 8430)

Selected Publications

Booker, W.W., Lemmon, E.M., Lemmon, A.R., Ptacek, M.B., Hassinger, A.T.B., Schul, J. and Gerhardt, H.C. In Press. The complex history of genome duplication and hybridization in North American gray treefrogs. Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Lange, E.C., Ptacek, M.B., Travis, J., and Hughes, K.A. 2021. Sex differences in the plasticity of life history in response to social environment. Evolution. DOI: 10.1111/evo.14186

Moody, K.N., Wren, J.L.K., Kobayashi, D.R., Blum, M.J., Ptacek, M.B., Blob, R.W., Toonen, R.J., Schoenfuss, H.L., and Childress, M.J. 2019. Evidence of local adaptation in a Hawaiian waterfall-climbing goby fish derived from biophysical modeling of larval dispersal and post-settlement selection. BMC Evolutionary Biology

Memberships

Society for the Study of Evolution
Animal Behavior Society

Honors and Awards

2018 Outstanding Women Faculty Award, Clemson University Commission on Women

Outreach

Dr. Ptacek is involved in K-12 Science Teacher training in evolution and genetics.

Contact Information

P: 864-656-2328
E: biolsci@clemson.edu

Campus Location

132 Long Hall, Clemson, SC 29634

Hours

Monday - Friday:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.