The discoveries made in the center’s molecular laboratory inform work in the fields of systematics, evolutionary biology, ecology, paleontology, invasion and conservation biology, and epidemiology. They provide genetic, geographic, and often historical answers to biological questions. Researchers have explored subjects as wide-ranging as vocal learning in birds, climatic influence on genetics, the geographic origins of invasive species, genetic diversity in endangered species, and the evolution of disease-spreading parasites. One-on-one training and annual workshops teach students how to select and use genetic markers and analytical tools. Students participate in faculty-sponsored projects or conduct their own. Over two decades, the Center for Genetic Analyses of Biodiversity has trained more than two hundred researchers, from high school students to post-doctorates.

The Center for Genetic Analyses of Biodiversity is located within the Environmental Science Center on Sachem Street. To collaborate on a project or inquire about research opportunities please contact the Director, Dr. Adalgisa Caccone.


February 3, 2016
The story of the 1951 annual Explorers Club dinner is famous, at least among explorers, paleontologists and connoisseurs of exotic cuisine. In brief, mammoth was served.  A...
January 7, 2016
The Galápagos Islands, 1,000 kilometres off the coast of South America, are probably most famous as the place that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. They are...
December 15, 2015
A Yale team spent the last part of November in the Galapagos gathering dozens of giant tortoises that carry the DNA of extinct species that used to roam two islands in the...