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Biological Sciences

College of Arts & Sciences

Tom Laughlin

Tom  Laughlin 

Associate Professor
423-439-8459 /
Brown Hall, Room 337

Research Interest:

General research interests are in the population biology of vertebrates. Previous studies were largely concerned with population structure in fishes, genome organization in mammals, and amphibian ecology. Recent work has consisted of studies on salamander habitat use, and the mechanism of action of amphibian antimicrobial peptides. Dr. Laughlin's Laboratory Webpage

Selected Publications:

Pokhrel LR, Karsai I, Hamed MK, Laughlin TF. 2013. Dorsal body pigmentation and sexual dimorphism in the marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum). Ethology, Ecology and Evolution. 25(3), 214-226.

Laughlin TF, Ahmad Z. 2010. Inhibition of Escherichia coli ATP synthase by amphibian antimicrobial peptides. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. 46:367–374.

Lyons LA, Laughlin TF, Copeland NG, Jenkins HA, Womack JE, O'Brien SJ. 1997. Comparative anchor tagged sequences (CATS) for integrative mapping of mammalian genomes. Nature Genetics. 15:47-56.

Laughlin TF, Turner BJ. 1994. Multilocus DNA fingerprinting detects population differentation in theoutbred and abundant fish species Poecilia latipinna. Molecular Ecology. 3:263-266.

Turner BJ, Elder JF, Laughlin TF, Davis WP, Taylor DS. 1992. Extreme clonal diversity and divergence in populations of a selfing hermaphroditic fish. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA. 89:10643-10647.


  • Vertebrate Zoology (BIOL 3410)
  • Coastal Biology Field Trip (BIOL 4037)
  • Biogeography (BIOL 4347)
  • Evolution (BIOL 4360)
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