06/2023 Mehrnaz's is available as a pre-print on
05/2023 Azom receives the Robert E. and Mary B. Sturgis Endowed Scholarship from the Dodge Family College of Arts
and Sciences and the Cleo Cross Scholarship from the College of International Studies!
04/2023 Azom receives an Adams Summer Scholarship from the Department of Biology!
09/2022 Harriet Lumula, Ashley Bentz, and Ivy Broughton join the lab!
Evolution of Development
Genetics of Complex Traits
The primary goal of our research is to understand the mechanisms that generate biodiversity. We use molecular and genomic technologies to study how genetic change directs the development of differences between species and ultimately gives rise to two important evolutionary processes— speciation and phenotypic evolution. We study two powerful systems to address questions at the interface of evolution, genetics, and development: the Drosophila melanogaster species complex (D. melanogaster, D. simulans, D. sechellia, D. mauritiana) and several closely related species of Enallagma damselflies.