Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics
We investigate patterns of genomic variation in plants and animals, seeking to uncover the evolutionary processes that underlie the origin and diversification of species throughout natural habitats. Our research lies within two areas in evolutionary biology: population genetics in the context of landscapes and phylogenomics. At the population-level, we use traditional genetic and NextGeneration genomic tools to elucidate the role of geographic barriers and contrasting biological traits in shaping spatial and temporal population patterns, including local adaptation. Across multiple-species, we want to understand the relationships of plants and their symbionts, and pests and their hosts. And at the species level and above, 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! Our projects include:
POPULATIONS AND LANDSCAPES
Population genomics of crop wild relatives (maize, avocado)
Population genomics of plants and their symbionts (cycads Dioon and their cyanobacteria)
Use of genomic tools for conservation biology.
Use genomics and phylogenetics to reconstruct relationships above species-leve (evolution of seed plants).Use phylogenomics to identify genes underlying plant evolution (avocado, seed plants in general).
Genomic signatures of natural and artificial selection (maize, avocado).
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