Michael Tobler
Postdoctoral Fellow

Michi Tobler

Now: Assistant Professor

Department of Zoology,
Oklahoma State University

501 Life Sciences West,
Stillwater, OK 74078

Tel: 405-664-4820 


Ph. D.
University of Zürich, Institute of Zoology 

Curriculum Vitae (updated August 2010)

Michi Tobler

I am an evolutionary ecologist. I see the field of evolutionary ecology as the integrated science of evolution, ecology, genetics, and animal behavior. Overall, my research seeks to understand patterns and mechanisms in the evolution of biological diversity. Specifically, I am interested in how ecological and evolutionary processes lead to (i) genetic and phenotypic variation within and among populations, (ii) adaptation to complex selective environments, and (iii) reproductive isolation and the formation of new species.

My approach to these problems is necessarily integrative and relies on a comparative analysis among closely related species or populations. Conceptually and methodologically, my projects are rooted in various disciplines including ecology, evolution, morphology, behavior, molecular genetics, and geochemistry. I attach great importance to combining field-based studies with analytical and experimental approaches in the laboratory. Currently, my main research project focuses on local adaptation and ecological speciation in fish living in extreme environments.

Dr. Tobler's webpage is now maintained at


  1. Z.W. Culumber, D.B. Shepard, S.W. Coleman, G.G. Rosenthal and M. Tobler, 2012. Physiological adaptation along environmental gradients and replicated hybrid zone structure in swordtails (Teleostei: Xiphophorus). J. Evol. Biol. [PDF]
  2. Z.W. Culumber, H.S. Fisher, M. Tobler, M. Mateos, P.H. Barber, M.D. Sorenson and G.G. Rosenthal, 2011. Replicated hybrid zones of Xiphophorus swordtails along an elevational gradient. Mol. Ecol. [PDF]
  3. M. Tobler, Z.W. Culumber, M. Plath, K.O. Winemiller and G.G. Rosenthal, 2010. An indigenous religious ritual selects for resistance to a toxicant in a livebearing fish. Biol. Lett. [PDF]
  4. M. Tobler, S.W. Coleman, B.D. Perkins and G.G. Rosenthal, 2010. Reduced opsin gene expression in a cave-dwelling fish. Biol. Lett. 6:98-101 [PDF]