Reptiles and amphibians offer unique opportunities to study genome evolution, exhibiting traits and characteristics that are not found in mammals and birds. If you are interested in using reptiles and amphibians as model systems to study aspects of genome evolution in my lab, please contact me!
Students in our lab will find that the intersection of natural history and genomics requires a diverse skillset, including wet lab, field work, and computational experience. Our datasets are getting bigger and more integrative and complex, which means we always have to think creatively about how to handle, store, and analyze these data. As such, I encourage members of our lab to invest in learning a programming language, which will serve you far as you progress with your research.
Graduate students in both the Masters and Doctoral programs are expected to conduct their own independent research. Students in my lab are likely - but not limited - to pursue two major trajectories with their research: (1) utilize reptiles and amphibians to tackle outstanding questions in genome evolution, and (2) investigate organismal and evolutionary facets of reptile and amphibian biology using genomic tools.
Postdocs in my lab will help explore novel areas in reptile and amphibians genomics, hopefully with the goal of expanding their own research program. Please contact me regarding potential postdoc opportunities and applying for fellowships.
One of the greatest educational experiences a biology undergraduate can have is conducting research. I encourage bright and motivated undergraduates to inquire about research opportunities in the lab. Please contact me if you are interested, and we can discuss the best agenda that fits our expectations and your schedule.