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Jennifer Brisson –Research in the laboratory investigates the molecular genetic basis of morphological evolution. We’re interested in the interplay of nature and nurture in affecting final adult morphology. We use a variety of approaches including genetics, genomics, and developmental biology. – Lab webpage


Nancy Chen – Our lab develops pedigree-based population genetic inference methods and apply them to long-term demographic studies to answer two main questions: what evolutionary forces shape patterns of genetic variation through space and time, and what are the genomic consequences of population decline? Chen Lab


Justin Fay – We are broadly interested in the genetic basis of evolutionary change and specifically interested in the role of changes in gene regulation. We combine analysis of gene expression with population genetic and molecular evolution models to understand when changes in cis-regulatory sequences matter. – Lab webpage


Jim Fry – We use dietary ethanol in Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly, as a model system for studying the genetics of adaptation.

Dave Lambert – We are interested in the roles of basic cellular behaviors in embryonic patterning. At the same time, we examine how the structures of developmental and cellular processes influence patterns of evolutionary change. We address these questions using the embryos of the snail Ilyanassa. – Lab webpage

Amanda Larracuente – Our lab integrates genomic, cytological and molecular approaches to study selfish DNA and its impact on genome evolution. Our primary interest is in satellite DNA (repetitive DNA typically found at centromeres and telomeres) and meiotic drive. – Lab webpage

Bob Minckley – Our lab is interested in bee biogeography and diversity, bee-plant succession, patterns of host use in desert bees, the ecological and evolutionary advantages of pollen specialization in bees, and conservation of pollinators.

Allen Orr – Our work focuses on speciation, adaptation, and extinction. We study these topics with both theory and experiment. In theory work, we are interested in adaptation in phenotypic and molecular models. In experimental work, we are primarily interested in the genetic basis of speciation. – Lab webpage

Daven Presgraves – Our lab studies a variety of questions in evolutionary genetics using Drosophila as a model system. We combine classical, molecular, and population genetics to study the genetics of speciation, the evolution of recombination, and the selfish meiotic drive gene complex Segregation Distorter. – Lab webpage

Albert Uy – Our team studies a diverse set of questions in evolutionary ecology and genetics using birds as the primary study system. We combine long-term field observations and experiments with genomic tools to explore the origin and maintenance of biological diversity in the tropics. – Lab webpage

Floria Uy – Our research aims to understand the evolution of social behavior and the selective pressures that favor cooperative group living. We combine field and lab behavioral experiments with molecular and neural approaches to study cooperation and conflict in social insects, and how parasites exploit these social hosts. – Lab webpage

Jack Werren – Our areas of interest are evolutionary and functional genetics. We combine genetic, genomic, molecular, and population approaches to investigate basic questions in biology using Nasonia as a model system. – Lab webpage


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