Elizabeth Everman

Elizabeth Everman
  • Postdoc, Macdonald Lab

Contact Info

4043 Haworth Hall


PhD in Biology, Kansas State University, 2017


Organisms experience a wide range of stressors that influence their ability to reproduce, survive, and adapt over time. My research focuses on the roles that genetic variation, phenotypic plasticity, and behavior play in response to anthropogenic sources of stress. Current areas of research include characterizing the genetic control of resistance to copper toxicity and dissecting the genetic relationship between physiological and behavioral responses to heavy metal stress. My work leverages the Drosophila melanogaster model system through a combination of large mapping populations and wild-collected populations to determine the genetic and evolutionary factors that influence physiological and behavioral copper stress resistance.

Selected Publications

  • Everman ER, KM Cloud-Richardson, and SJ Macdonald, 2021 Characterizing the genetic basis of copper toxicity in Drosophila reveals a complex pattern of allelic, regulatory, and behavioral variation. Genetics 217: 1–20. PMID: 33683361. PMCID: PMC8045719.
  • Gleason JM, RR Roy, ER Everman, TC Gleason, and TJ Morgan, 2019 Phenology of Drosophila species across a temperate growing season and implications for behavior. PLoS One 14: e0216601. PMID: 31095588. PMCID: PMC6521991.
  • Everman ER, CL McNeil, JL Hackett, CL Bain, and SJ Macdonald, 2019 Dissection of complex, fitness-related traits in multiple Drosophila mapping populations offers insight into the genetic control of stress resistance. Genetics 211: 1449–1467. PMID: 30760490. PMCID: PMC6456312.
  • Everman ER, PJ Freda, M Brown, AJ Schieferecke, GJ Ragland, and TJ Morgan, 2018 Ovary Development and Cold Tolerance of the Invasive Pest Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) in the Central Plains of Kansas, United States. Environ Entomol. 47: 1013–1023. PMID: 29846535.
  • Everman ER, JL Delzeit, FK Hunter, JM Gleason, and TJ Morgan, 2018 Costs of cold acclimation on survival and reproductive behavior in Drosophila melanogaster. PLoS One 13: e0197822. PMID: 29791517. PMCID: PMC5965859.
  • Everman ER, and TJ Morgan, 2018 Antagonistic pleiotropy and mutation accumulation contribute to age-related decline in stress response. Evolution 72: 303–317. PMID: 29214647.
  • Noh S, ER Everman, CM Berger, and TJ Morgan, 2017 Seasonal variation in basal and plastic cold tolerance: Adaptation is influenced by both long- and short-term phenotypic plasticity. Ecol Evol 7: 5248–5257. PMID: 28770063. PMCID: PMC5528237.