Welcome to the Touchon Lab!

I am an associate professor of biology at Vassar College.  My research focuses primarily on phenotypic plasticity. I aim to understand the causes and consequences of plasticity in many consequences. For example, I study the role of phenotypic plasticity in modifying aquatic food-web ecology and predator-prey interactions. I study the physiological responses of tadpoles when they are developing defensive phenotypes in response to predators. I am also very excited to study the genomic and transcriptomic basis of plasticity. I study the evolution of terrestrial reproduction in a group of Central and South American treefrogs in the genus Dendropsophus. Lastly, here locally in New York, I also study the effects of water mold and other aquatic pathogens on the development of embryos of spring breeding amphibians. Check out the lab news page for updates on current projects!


With Phyllomedusa bicolor (the largest treefrog species in the world) in Madre de Dios, Peru

Check our blog from 2016 when three students and I were studying in Panama!

Check out this news story by Vassar about our research from summer 2017!

Dr. Justin C. Touchon
124 Raymond Ave.
Department of Biology, Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
Email: jutouchon-at-vassar-dot-edu
Phone: 845-437-7419