Samantha Coisman, the artist of this watercolor studied guppy coloration as a CSU undergraduate

Welcome to the Fitz Lab!

We are based at Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station ( KBS ) in the Dept. of Integrative Biology. We are affiliated with the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior ( E2B2 ) program at MSU. 

Our lab conducts ecological and evolutionary research on wide-ranging effects of global change on biodiversity. We combine a strong understanding of organisms in nature with a variety of molecular tools to answer fundamental and applied questions in evolution, ecology, and conservation .  Learn more about the research in our lab!

We celebrate and strongly encourage creativity and diversity in our lab.  
The Fitzpatrick Lab is currently recruiting
undergraduates, graduate students,
and postdocs! Contact Sarah if you are 
interested in joining!

Contact information:


Physical location:
W.K. Kellogg Biological Station
Stack Building 238 (office)
Stack Building 243 (molecular lab)
3700 E. Gull Lake Dr.
Hickory Corners, MI 49060

Lab updates...


Feature article in Animal Conservation
Our mini-mesocosm experiment showed that the addition of adaptively similar but genetically divergent individuals was most beneficial, but any immigration at all improved population fitness compared to the control. This paper was selected as the featured article of the month and had great commentaries written about it by Scott Mills , Catherine Grueber , and Dave Tallmon . More exciting results in the works from lead author and CSU grad student  John Kronenberger

 ASN Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigator Award
I am extremely honored to recieve the ASN YI Award this year! Thank you to ASN and to the many people who have supported my work in the field, in the lab, and elsewhere. Looking forward to presenting at the YI Symposium at ASN/SSE 2017 in Portland along with the 3 other awardees (all women, go ASN!). 
REU position open in Fitz Lab for Summer 2017

We are looking for a highly motivated undergraduate to join the lab as an REU student this summer. This is an exciting opportunity to conduct independent research and be a part of the active KBS summer community!

New KBS Molecular Ecology & Genomics Lab  is underway 

Many resident and visiting KBS faculty incorporate molecular work in their research. We have a new and updated shared molecular lab facility that accommodates a diverse set of molecular technologies in this growing field.

Fitz Lab launches at Kellogg Biological Station! 


Heather Kittredge (PhD student in Evans Lab) working on horizontal gene transfer in microbes in the new MEG lab.