Our lab studies the evolution, ecology, and the origins of biodiversity in marine fishes. We are highly collaborative and have a number of ongoing projects with researchers from across the globe. In our work we combine population genetics, phylogenetics, RADSeq, whole genome sequencing, and field-based studies to understand how populations are connected via gene flow, to disentangle the roles of selection, ecology, and behavior in meta-population dynamics and to define independent management units.
Our lab is also investigating the utility of eDNA as a biogeographic tool to identify patterns of biodiversity, study species distributions, and evaluate anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems.
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