Research themes in the lab

New species evolve when diverging populations accumulate genetic changes that confer ecological differences and, in sexually reproducing organisms, reproductive isolating barriers. We study this process of diversification with a range of research tools and study organisms, and at different levels of biological organization. A long-term goal is to understand the mechanistic — ecological, evolutionary, physiological, and genetic — connections between adaptation and speciation. While there is considerable overlap among our questions and approaches, our research falls into three general areas:

[+] Genetics & evolution of reproductive isolation

[+] Genetics of adaptive & sexually selected variation

[+] Genomics of divergence & speciation

We also use a diverse range of study organisms, some of which you can see here.