Robert Drew


Robert Drew, PhD

Associate Professor




Violette Research 215


2006Washington State UniversityPhD in Biology
1997Washington State UniversityMS in Biology
1994Purdue UniversityBS in Biology


  • General Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Biology of Populations





Introduction to the science of heredity. The lectures present an integrated concept of the gene provided from the study of Mendelian and molecular genetics. Selected topics in quantitative inheritance and human genetics are included.

Students with senior standing (or others with consent of the instructor) report on and discuss current biological problems as presented in principle journals, abstracts and reviews. The work of each seminar is usually built upon a single unifying content area.

Continuation of BIO 440. An advanced research project in an advanced student's field of general interest conducted under the supervision of an appropriate staff member, in the form of independent research leading to the solution of a problem.

One to four hours in varied formats Selected topics in Biology. In recent years these have included physiology and biochemistry of marine animals, evolutionary ecology, biology of marine mammals, morphometrics and phylogenetic systematics, and extremophiles.

Terms and hours to be arranged. Graded A-F.

Terms and hours to be arranged. Graded A-F.


Research activities

  • Genomic analysis of symbioses between clownfish and sea anemones
  • Quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis of growth under stress in rainbow trout
  • Investigation of plant root competition using DNA markers


Research interests

  • Genomic and quantitative genetic approaches to investigate adaptations in fish
  • Fish domestication
  • Physiological and genetic changes underlying domestication

Select publications

  • Drew RE, Settles ML, Churchill EJ, Williams SM, Balli S, & Robison BD (2012).
    Brain transcriptome variation among behaviorally distinct strains of zebrafish (Danio rerio)
    BMC Genomics, 13, 323.
  • Oswald ME, Drew RE, Racine M, Murdoch GK, & Robison BD (2012).
    Is behavioral variation along the bold-shy continuum associated with variation in the stress axis in zebrafish?
    Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 85, 718-728.
  • Kanuga MK, Drew RE, Wilson-Leedy JG, & Ingermann RL (2012).
    Subpopulation distribution of motile sperm relative to activation medium in steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
    Theriogenology, 77, 916-925.