College of Science
Researcher of the Year
Zach Gompert is an evolutionary biologist and assistant professor in the Biology department within the College of Science. His research combines field studies, lab experiments, genomics, and computational methods to explore the ways in which populations adapt and new species evolve. Since joining Utah State in 2013, he has developed an internationally recognized research program and published 65 peer-reviewed journal articles, which have been cited over 3,000 times, and been featured in news outlets such as the New York Times and Salt Lake Tribune. His current project, funded by the National Science Foundation’s Dimensions of Biodiversity program, investigates the relationship between multiple components of biodiversity and the evolution of novel interactions among plants, insects, and microbes.