Welcome! Our research focuses on using genome-scale data to investigate evolutionary processes of speciation, hybridization, and adaptation. Our goal is not only to explore and expand new genomic data, but also to create new analytic tools and approaches to enable novel research questions and perspectives. We pursue these questions of molecular evolution and genomic sin a variety of organismal systems.
Complex Evolutionary Histories: We are developing new methods and approaches to reveal events in the complex evolution histories of species radiation. These methods require both analysis of genomic data and phylogenetic reconciliation techniques. (Read some example publications in PLoS Biology and Science.)
Genomic Analysis: We also are working towards developing new methods and investigating questions of hybridization, adaption, and functional gene expression using whole-genome and RNA-seq data. This includes not only evolutionary questions, but also functional genomic questions about specific traits including reproductive isolation and ecological adaptations. (Read example publications in Molecular Ecology).
Computational Phylogenetics: Our group is continuing also to question and address fundamental computational approaches and methodologies in phylogenetics and molecular evolution. These involve testing and reconsidering how we approach and interpret data in a multi-genomic world. (Read example publications in Briefings in Bioinformatics and Systematic Biology).
Genomics Locally and Globally: We are involved in ongoing efforts to increase the diversity of plant genomes available, including North Carolina native plants like the Magnolia to tropical trees at the Andean-Amazonian transition zone.