Tim Mousseau, PI

Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Education

Dean of the Graduate School (Interim)

Professor of Biological Sciences

University of South Carolina, Columbia

Professor Timothy Mousseau received his doctoral degree in 1988 from McGill University and completed a NSERC (Canada) postdoctoral fellowship in population biology at the University of California, Davis. He joined the faculty at the University of South Carolina in 1991 and is currently the Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Education, the Dean of the Graduate School (Interim), and a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Professor Mousseau's past experience includes having served as Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences (2006-10), as a program officer at the National Science Foundation (1997-98), on the editorial board for several journals, and on NSF, USGS, and a variety of international grant foundation advisory panels. He has published over 100 scholarly articles and has edited two books (Maternal Effects as Adaptations, 1998; Adaptive Genetic Variation in the Wild, 2000; both published by Oxford University Press). View Publications

He is currently co-editor of the annual review series, The Year in Evolutionary Biology, published by the New York Academy of Sciences. He was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2008 and a Fellow National of the Explorers Club in 2009.

His books and papers have been cited over 4600 times, and he has been funded since 1988 by NSF, USDA, DOD, CNRS, SCDNR, NFWF, NATO, NSERC (Canada), CNRS (France), the National Geographic Society, the Sea Grant Consortium, the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust, and private foundations. He and his students have worked on a wide diversity of organisms, from bacteria to beetles to birds, and his primary areas of research interest include the genetic basis of adaptive variation, and the evolution of maternal effects.

Since 1999, Professor Mousseau and his collaborators (esp. Dr. Anders Pape Møller, University of Paris-Sud) have explored the ecological and evolutionary consequences of the radioactive contaminants affecting populations of birds, insects and people inhabiting the Chernobyl region of Ukraine. Their research suggests that many species of plants and animals suffer from increased mutational loads as a result of exposure to radionuclides stemming from the Chernobyl disaster. In some species (e.g. the barn swallow, Hirundo rustica), this mutational load has had dramatic consequences for reproduction and survival. Dr. Mousseau's current research is aimed at elucidating the causes of variation among different species in their apparent sensitivity to radionuclide exposure.

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