Molecular ecology

Molecular ecology research in my lab focuses on the population genetic patterns underlying species diversification and hybridization. My current work utilizes neutral genetic markers (AFLP, microsatellite, and DNA sequence data) to investigate (1) the relationship between chromodome diversification, gene flow within species, and speciation; and (2) patterns of hybridization and introgression. These studies comprise an essential backdrop to ecological and genomic investigations of species diversification and ecological specialization. Recent collaborations have included population genetic studies in the disjunct shrub Croton alabamensis and development of microsatellite markers for the wetland sedge Carex scoparia.

Current projects in molecular ecology