We study the processes that generate and maintain biodiversity, with a focus on spatiotemporal variation in high-dimensional systems. In particular, we study the drivers of genomic variation among populations and compositional variation in diverse communities.
Similar questions, such as when environmental versus dispersal constraints are more important, challenge both evolutionary biologists and ecologists. Answering these questions is essential for predicting biodiversity responses to global change.
Currently we focus on understanding the genetic, physiological, and ecological mechanisms of local adaptation to environment.
Study organisms include a variety of temperate and tropical tree species, Arabidopsis thaliana, Sorghum bicolor, and Striga hermonthica.
Congratulations to graduating Biology senior Grace Spellacy, shown here presenting our work on diversity in a common garden of black walnut (Juglans nigra).
Fieldwork started early this year (photo at left). Unseasonably warm weather has made for pleasant work measuring trees in common gardens on campus here at PSU (Juglans nigra, black walnut, shown here).
There has been a flurry of interest in our 2011 paper on potential threats of US-Mexico border barriers to animals. Recent coverage: Washington Post, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Texas Tribune, KJZZ Phoenix Public Radio, Fusion, Seeker, SciDev.net, Inverse, Live Science, E&E News, Ecoaméricas.
I am recruiting PhD students to the lab to start fall 2017 - contact me firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome new lab members today! Lúa López (Postdoc) and Claire Lorts (Research technologist).
I am hiring a lab technician, posting here.
PhD student Victoria DeLeo is celebrating the 4th on a collecting trip in Dominican tropical dry forests with collaborator Tomás Carlo.
We are excited that Lúa López, currently at Heidelberg University, will be joining the lab as a postdoc in the fall.
The lab is growing: Victoria DeLeo has joined. She is seeking a PhD in Plant Biology. I am also recruiting a postdoc and PhD students for next year.
Cassie Stoddard, Marjorie Webber, and I are organizing a Spotlight Session for ASN at the Evolution meeting in Austin in June. The topic is "The Evolution of Species Interactions." We are taking direct submissions for the session, email me email@example.com.
Our project to study Arabidopsis response to climate is now up on DigiVol. You can participate as a citizen scientist to help the vital work of transcribing and georeferencing herbarium specimens.
'Tis the season for special issues. Look for my contributions to new special issues on Detecting Selection in Natural Populations in Molecular Ecology, Epigenetic Studies in Ecology and Evolution in Molecular Ecology, and Demography Beyond the Population in Functional Ecology.
I spoke at Evolution in Brazil about our new paper (out today!) on using genome-environment associations to predict genotype by environment interactions in response to abiotic stress.