David Rand joined the Brown faculty in 1991 after receiving a B.A. at Harvard, a PhD at Yale and postdoctoral training at Harvard.  He is currently the Stephen T. Olney Professor of Natural History in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, where he is Chair of the Department.  He teaches undergraduate courses in evolutionary biology, evolutionary genetics, and graduate seminars on ecological, evolutionary and population genetics. His research focuses on the coevolution of nuclear and mitochondrial genomes, the role of mitochondrial mutations in fitness, aging and disease, and the environmental genomics of adaptation in marine organisms. His research is funded by R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIGMS and NIA), and from the National Science Foundation.  He is Director of an NSF IGERT Training Grant in Reverse Ecology bridging graduate programs in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the Center for Computational Molecular Biology, Applied Math and the Marine Biological Laboratories in Woods Hole.  He has served on the editorial boards of Genetics, Molecular Biology and Evolution, BioScience, and as a regular member of the Genetic Variation and Evolution Study Section at NIH, as well as NSF grant review panels.   He is past president of the American Genetic Association and an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. At Brown he has served as Director of the Center for Computational Molecular Biology, and on various university committees including the Tenure, Appointments and Promotions Committee, Academic Priorities Committee, search committees for the Provost, the Dean of Biology and Medicine, and the Dean of Faculty.