We are ultimately interested in inferring the balance of forces that contribute to evolutionary change. Historically the lab has focused on the evolutionary genetics and comparative genomics of plant systems, including the genetics of domestication. Recently we have also been studying the evolution of transposable elements and experimental evolution of E. coli. We take a multifaceted approach to study these problems, using the tools of genetics, population genetics, molecular evolution and bioinformatics.

In addition to Evolutionary Genetics, the department has foci in Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology and Global Change Biology.

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