Phylogeography, Landscape and Ecological Genetics

Phylogeography, Landscape and Ecological Genetics
Evolutionary and ecological genetics of Alewives populations Alewife, Alosa pseudoharengus, populations occur in two discrete life history variants, an anadromous form and a landlocked (freshwater resident) form. Landlocked populations display a consistent pattern of life history divergence from anadromous populations, including earlier age at maturity, smaller adult body size, and reduced... Read more
The Owl Monkey Project of Argentina is an international research program that studies Azara’s owl monkey (Aotus azarae), a socially monogamous primate, to better understand the evolution of pair-bonding, monogamy, and paternal care. The project is using genetic and demographic data from owl monkeys to assess patterns of relatedness and natal dispersal and to evaluate how the competition... Read more
Mary Burak’s dissertation research uses a landscape genetics approach to measure the effects of human land use and activity on apex predator populations in the Ewaso Ecosystem of north-central Kenya. Here, tension remains high surrounding tradeoffs between predator conservation and human land development. Mary’s doctoral research asks, “How does human activity and land use affect predator... Read more
This project is funded by an NSF grant in collaboration with the research groups of Bradley Cosentino ( and James Gibbs (   Background: Phenotypic divergence between cities and adjacent rural areas has been well documented but disentangling the roles of adaptive and non-adaptive drivers of divergence for heritable traits has... Read more
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