We are interested in the incorporation of genomic data from natural populations to better understand adaptive resilience in response to environmental change.
Probably our largest research focus is on adaptive diversification and speciation in the true crocodiles, genus Crocodylus. We are looking at genomic variation across the genus to better understand patterns of divergence, hybridization, behavioral and physiological adaptation using targeted sequence capture for neutral and coding regions of the genome. Many of our projects take advantage of historical museum collections to examine temporal patterns of variation in the genome.
We have several such projects underway. We are currently using sequence capture on century old specimens from natural history collections to compare baseline phylogeographic patterns across mammals and reptiles in the Congo Basin in Africa
In addition, we have long term research projects in the Tahoe Basin examining temporal patterns of genomic variation in historical and contemporary populations of small mammals (chipmunks and pika) in response to land use patterns and climate change.