Dr. Raelynn Deaton Haynes uses an interdisciplinary approach to study the evolution of behavior in fish, reptiles and amphibians. She combines controlled laboratory experiments with molecular biology and fieldwork with the goal of conserving wildlife. She conducts research in Texas and abroad.

Dr. Deaton Haynes teaches courses in evolution, human anatomy, animal behavior, and vertebrate biology. Also, Dr. Deaton Haynes leads a study abroad program in Panama for students enrolled in her evolution course. In Texas, the Deaton Haynes lab conducts research on the evolution of behaviors such as courting rituals and mate choice in live bearing fishes. Other research projects focus on studying the ecology of native fish, reptile and amphibian species in order to help protect these species. Dr. Deaton Haynes and her students uses methods such as behavioral observations, controlled lab experiments, gene sequence analysis and field data collection in her research.


Ph.D. in Zoology at University of Oklahoma, Norman, 2006

M.S. in Biology at University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, 2001

B.A. in Biology at Berea College, Berea, KY, 1995