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Julia B. Saltz
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
 
e-mail:Julia.B.Saltz@rice.edu
 
  • Ph.D. Population Biology (2011) University of California, Davis
  • A.B. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2005) Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
 
Primary Department
   Department of BioSciences
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of BioSciences
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    Websites
     Saltz Lab website
     
    Research Areas
     evolution, development and genetics of social behavior
     

    Research Statement

     

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    My work aims to understand the development and evolution of intra-population individual differences in behavior, with a particular focus on social behaviors. Why do individuals of the same species develop dramatic differences in behavior? How is this diversity maintained in the face of selection and drift? To address these questions, I work to integrate evolutionary ecology and psychology with quantitative, population and functional genetics, using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.


    Pubmed Search for articles by JB Saltz

     
    Teaching Areas
     animal behavior
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Saltz, JB; Dunham, JP; Chang, PL; Cheng, K*; and Nuzhdin, SV. Indirect genetic effects mediate male mating success in groups of Drosophila melanogaster (in progress).

     
     

    Saltz, JB; Lymer, S; and Nuzhdin SV. The G of g: Predicting and testing genetic correlations among learning types and pupation plasticity in Drosophila melanogaster.

     
     

    Foley, BR; Saltz, JB; Nuzhdin, SV; and Marjoram, P. 2015. A Bayesian approach to social structure uncovers cryptic regulation of group dynamics. The American Naturalist 185(6):797-808.

     
     

    Saltz, JB Genetic variation in social preference predicts male behavioural development in Drosophila melanogaster (submitted).

     
     

    Saltz, JB; Geiger, A; Anderson, R*; Johnson, B*; and Marren, R*. What, if anything, is a social niche? Evolutionary Ecology (in press).

     
     

    Saltz, JB; Lymer, S; and Nuzhdin SV. The G of g: Predicting and testing genetic correlations among learning types and pupation plasticity in Drosophila melanogaster (in revision).

     
     

    Saltz, JB; Stamps, JA; and Sih A. Social gene-environment correlation (in progress).

     
     

    Saltz JB, Nuzhdin SV. Genetic variation in niche construction and its implications: response to Shuker. Trends Ecol Evol. 2014; 29(6):304-5. 

     
     

    Saltz JB, Nuzhdin SV. Genetic variation in niche construction: implications for development and evolutionary genetics. Trends Ecol Evol. 2014 Jan; 29(1):8-14.

     
     

    Ardekani R, Biyani A, Dalton JE, Saltz JB, Arbeitman MN, Tower J, Nuzhdin S, Tavaré S. Three-dimensional tracking and behaviour monitoring of multiple fruit flies. J R Soc Interface. 2013 Jan 6; 10(78):20120547.

     
     

    Conrad JL, Weinersmith KL, Brodin T, Saltz JB, Sih A. Behavioural syndromes in fishes: a review with implications for ecology and fisheries management. J Fish Biol. 2011 Feb; 78(2):395-435.

     
     

    Miller PM, Saltz JB, Cochrane VA, Marcinkowski CM, Mobin R, Turner TL. Natural variation in decision-making behavior in Drosophila melanogaster. PLoS One. 2011 Jan 20; 6(1):e16436. 

     
     

    Saltz JB. Genetic composition of social groups influences male aggressive behaviour and fitness in natural genotypes of Drosophila melanogaster. Proc Biol Sci. 2013 Sep 25; 280(1771):20131926.

     
     

    Saltz JB. Natural genetic variation in social environment choice: context-dependent gene-environment correlation in Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution. 2011 Aug; 65(8):2325-34. 

     
     

    Saltz JB, Alicuben ET, Grubman J, Harkenrider M, Megowan N, Nuzhdin SV. Nonadditive indirect effects of group genetic diversity on larval viability in Drosophila melanogaster imply key role of maternal decision-making. Mol Ecol. 2012 May; 21(9):2270-81.

     
     

    Saltz JB, Foley BR. Natural genetic variation in social niche construction:social effects of aggression drive disruptive sexual selection in Drosophila melanogaster. Am Nat. 2011 May; 177(5):645-54

     
     

    Stamps JA, Saltz JB, Krishnan VV. Genotypic differences in behavioural entropy: unpredictable genotypes are composed of unpredictable individuals. Anim Behav. 2013 Sep; 86(3):641-649. 

     
    Presentations
     Invited Talks
     

    "You are who you "friend": What fruit flies tell us about how genes shape the social environment." Rice Science Cafe, Houston, TX. (Jan 5)

     
     

    Saltz, JB. Genetic variation in social niche construction: implications for development, genetics and evolution. Oral presentation during the New Perspectives on Niche Construction Symposium, 2014 meeting of the American Society of Naturalists, Asilomar, CA.

     
     

    "Invited participant and speaker, Frontiers in Niche Construction Workshop, Santa Fe Institute, NM."

     
     

    "Opening talk and research seminar at the New Perspectives on Niche Construction Symposium at the American Society of Naturalists meeting."

     
     

    Saltz, JB. Introduction to the symposium. Oral presentation during the New Perspectives on Niche Construction Symposium, 2014 meeting of the American Society of Naturalists, Asilomar, CA.

     
     

    Saltz, JB; Dunham, J.D.; Chang, P.L.; Cheng, K.; and Nuzhdin, SV. Social rGE predicts plasticity in aggression and reproductive fitness among natural genotypes of Drosophila melanogaster.  Oral presentation, 2014 International Society for Behavioral Ecology meeting, New York, NY.

     
     Seminar Speaker
     

    University of Illinois - Implications of Gene-Environment Interplay for the Evolution of Behavior: Insights from Drosophila melanogaster

     
     

    Invited Seminar.  "Baylor University."

     
     

    Louisiana State University - Implications of Gene-Environment Interplay for the Evolution of Behavior: Insights From Drosophila melanogaster

     
     

    Invited Seminar.  "North Dakota State University."

     
     

    Saltz, JB; Nuzhdin, S; Lymer, S; and Gabrielian, J. Predicting behavioral syndromes a priori using 
    functional information in Drosophila. Oral presentation, 2015 Animal Behavior Society Meeting, Anchorage, AK

     
     

    University of Arizona - Implications of Gene-Environment Interplay for the Evolution of Behavior: Insights From Drosophila melanogaster

     
     

    "Rice University invited seminar, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology ."

     
     

    "University of Georgia invited seminar, Genetics Department."

     
     

    "University of Wisconsin-Madison invited seminar, Zoology Department."

     
    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Brad Ochocki, PhD Does evolution accelerate the speed of biological invasions?. (2017) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Eric Wice, Ph.D. TBD. (Thesis Director)

     Brad Ochoki, Ph.D. TBD. (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jae Hak Son, Ph.D. TBD. (Thesis Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Houston Fly Group Service Award,

    Positions Held
     Member, Animal Behavior Society. (2007 - 2015)

     Member, American Society of Naturalists. (2007 - 2015)