Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics
We investigate patterns of genomic variation in plants seeking to
uncover the evolutionary processes that underlie the diversification
of species throughout natural habitats. In particular, we want to know - how do plants adapt to their local environment? We work within two areas in
evolutionary biology to answer this question: population
genetics and phylogenomics. At
the population-level, we use traditional genetic and NextGen genomic tools to elucidate the role of geographic barriers and biological traits in shaping spatial and temporal population patterns. At the species level we combine phylogenetics
and genomics to reconstruct species relationships and understand how gene
innovations enabled species to adapt and evolve.
We are a new lab, new students and postdocs are welcome to apply!
CURRENT PROJECTS and PEOPLE, in a nutshell:
- Population genomics of crop wild relatives: reconstructing the domestication history of pumpkin (Cucurbita) and chile pepper (Capsicum).
- Comparative genomics of ancient and modern genomes (pumpkin and chile pepper).
- Conservation genomics of endangered species.
- Population genomics of cycads (Dioon) and their cyanobacteria: unraveling the genomic basis of local adaptation.
- Comparative genomics of symbiont cyanobacteria.
- Phylogenomics to
identify genes underlying plant evolution.
We were granted a DEANN Marie Curie fellowship to exchange students and postdocs in Europe: http://hdopazolab.com/2013/11/22/deann-project-approved/
We collaborate closely with the Barona Lab,
We share the LANGEBIO POSTDOC 2014 winner Antonio Hernandez
, working on ecological genomics of cyanobacteria, and we teach each other link between evolution and biological chemistry.
Other collaborators include Ruairidh Sawers
, Rob Dunn
, Dennis Stevenson
, Sergios Kolokotronis
, Rob DeSalle
. We are also part of the Montgomery Botanical Center
. Our conservation work in Mexico includes collaborations with the CONAPN
, and Danae Cabrera Toledo, Miguel Angel Farrera, Jorge Gonzalez-Astorga
and Andrew Vovides
, all cycad specialists.
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As part of our Scientific Outreach, a little paper on phylogenomics here for the Guanajuato community in Ide@s
(check out our Lab Members page for details):
Antonio Hernandez (Postdoc) -- Cyanobacteria -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Perez (Postdoc) -- Capsicum -- email@example.com
Pablo Cruz (Postdoc) -- Cyanobacteria -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Covarrubias (PhD) Pumpkin -- email@example.comFernanda Guízar (MSc) -- Capsicum -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Josian Corona (Undergrad) -- Cyanobacteria -- email@example.com