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I have been fascinated with the sciences, logical inference to see beyond the surface of the world around us, and the process of evolution, since an early age. While most of our work is focused on the interface of genetics and evolution I also have an interest in other forms such as cultural evolution, language/communication evolution, and hardware evolution. Since college I have also been attracted to the power of genetics and genetic inference. Genetics lies at the crossroads of very diverse fields (adaptation, human history, anthropology, forensics, species conservation, personalized medicine, family history, taxonomy, natural history, chemical synthesis, molecular biology, cell biology, behavior, etc.) and is rapidly changing and extremely productive in moving these fields forward. My work is split between pure research focused on natural history and applied research focused on conservation and human health with population genetics and genetic engineering as a common theme.

More recently I have developed an interest in the history of science, the interaction of science and public opinion, and how our perspectives influence our view and interpretation of the world around us.


  • 2004, Ph.D., Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University
  • 1996, B.A. (hons), Department of Biology & Department of Chemistry (double major), Warren Wilson College


Current Position

  • 2016–present, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Past Positions

  • 2011–2016, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
  • 2008–2011, Independent Group Leader (equivalent to assistant professor), Department of Evolutionary Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
  • 2006–2008, Research Associate (postdoc), Department of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park
  • 2004–2006, Faculty Research Assistant (postdoc), Department of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park
  • 1996–2004, Various Teaching Assistant (TA) and Research Assistant (RA) positions, Cornell University
  • 1993–1996, Dark Room and Printing Press Operator, Warren Wilson College Print Shop
  • 1993, Warren Wilson College, Campus Security
  • 1993, Outdoor Living Skills (OLS) cluster leader, Gwynn Valley summer camp
  • 1992–1993, Custodian janitor, Western Carolina University
  • 1992, Day Camp Counselor and Assistant Farm Manager, Gwynn Valley summer camp
  • 1991–1992, Warren Wilson College, Landscaping
  • 1990–1991, After school day care, Transylvania County Public Schools
  • 1989, Cafeteria dishwasher, The Wilds summer camp
  • 1978–1988, family farm work



  • F. A. Reed, T. G. Aquino-Michaels, M. S. Costantini, Á. J. Láruson, & J. T. Sutton. RPM-Drive: A robust, safe, and reversible gene drive system that remains functional after 200+ generations. arXiv preprint,
  • Á. J. Láruson, S. E. Coppard, M. H. Pespeni, F. A. Reed. Gene expression across tissues, sex, and life stages in the sea urchin Tripneustes gratilla [Toxopneustidae, Odontophora, Camarodonta]. Marine Genomics 41: 12–18. doi:10.1016/j.margen.2018.07.002
  • S. E. Kingston, P. Martino, M. Melendy, F. A. Reed, and David B. Carlon. Linking genotype to phenotype in a changing ocean: inferring the genomic architecture of a blue mussel stress response with genome-wide association. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 31(3): 346–361. doi:10.1111/jeb.13224