Who we are

Jonathan P. Velotta, PhD, Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator

Jon is an evolutionary biologist whose research merges physiological ecology and genomics. He is driven by a desire to understand how animals work, and the mechanisms by which they adapt to their environment. He loves vertebrates, and studies both mammals and fish.

Jon got his PhD from the University of Connecticut with Eric Schultz. He was an NIH postdoctoral fellow with Zac Cheviron at the University of Montana, before he arrived at DU in September 2020.

Peter Ducey, Masters Student

Peter is thrilled to join the Velotta lab group in Fall 2021. He has an undergraduate background in physiology, and recently completed a canine behavior internship at Wolf Park. He now looks forward to researching the genomics and evolutionary convergence of deer mice in high altitude environments. After graduating from DU, Peter plans on pursuing either a PhD or a research-based career in wildlife ecology. When not on campus, you can find him biking, hiking, or skiing in the Colorado mountains

Undergraduate researchers

Nicole Choi – convergent evolution in hypoxia adaptation in deer mice

Jill Lewis – Gene expression responses to hypoxia acclimation in deer mice


If you are a student or postdoc interested in joining the lab, please contact me! We are recruiting!