Valenzuela Lab

Dr. Nicole Valenzuela Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

Iowa State University

251 Bessey Hall. Ames, IA 50011

(515) 294-1285




I mentor students at different levels at ISU. I have taught undergraduate courses such as Introductory Biology, Environmental Biology, and graduate courses such as Evolutionary Ecology, plus seminars at both levels such as Evolutionary Ecology of Sex. Additionally, I provide skilled, motivated and diligent students with research opportunities in my laboratory through graduate rotations, independent research, honors theses, or summer internships. I am a faculty member in the interdepartmental graduate program of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the interdepartmental graduate program of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology BCB/MGET), and the interdepartmental graduate program in Genetics and Genomics.


Introductory Biology (Biol 101)

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Special Topics Undergraduate Seminar (Biol 495)

Evolutionary Ecology of Sex

PostGenomic Biology

Evolutionary Ecology of Life Histories and Reproduction (Biol 414 / EEOB 514)

Next Offering Fall 2017

Special Topics Graduate Seminar(EEOB 590 NV)

Evolutionary Ecology of Sex

Evolution - The Extended Synthesis

Opportunities for Prospective Students

General Philosophy

Information for Prospective Graduate Students Prospective graduate students interested in evolutionary biology, sex determination, evo-devo, or chromosome evolution are invited to apply, and are encouraged to develop an independent research project within these areas. I expect PhD students to be more involved in designing their own research projects than Master's students.

If you are interested in joining our group, please contact me at to explore possible options. Most interested graduate students could apply to the EEB, BCB, or Genetics programs. For more information regarding the research interests of our lab, please visit our research page.

Internships for Undergraduate Students My lab conducts research in several areas of biology, some which are more involved than others. I am interested in recruiting students to work in the lab who are devoted to learning through hands-on experience. The type of research we do requires people who are applied and meticulous. Undergraduate students can work on smaller modules for research credits (Biol490R or Genet490R), summer internships, or towards an honor’s thesis project on topics closely related to the research areas. Internship oppotunities are available through the Iowa Turtle Army program in my lab and the REU in Molecular Biotechnology and Genomics at ISU.

Iowa Turtle Army Internships for undergraduates and K-12 teachers


The ITA provides internship opportunities for undergraduate students and K-12 teachers. Click here to learn more about the ITA program.

K-12 Educational Material by ITA RET Interns

RET K-12 teacher interns developed curricular material during summer internships with the ITA, including posters and lesson plans. It is intended that this material be shared for their use by peer teachers and institutions. Credit should be given to the authors of the material and the funding sources that enable their development. Funding was provided in part by supplements IOS-0826664, IOS-0924290, and IOS-0924290 to NSF grant IOS 0743284 to Nicole Valenzuela.

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