Plant Evolutionary Genetics

Our research team is broadly interested in the genetic bases of adaptation and the population and genomic context in which adaptive evolution occurs. We focus much of our research on plant species evolving in agricultural environments and on their close relatives. These novel and highly modified environments have provided the setting for drastic evolutionary change in many plant groups.

We ask questions about the origins and evolution of agricultural weeds, the genetic processes underlying crop domestication, and the mechanisms of trait evolution in crop wild relatives. To address these topics, we use tools from the fields of comparative genomics, population genetics, evolutionary ecology, and molecular biology.



June 2021 – NTID students, Calvin Park and Ryan Krieger have joined the lab for a summer REU. Welcome, Calvin and Ryan!

May 2021 – Xiang has been awarded a Gilgut Fellowship to support his summer research. Congratulations, Xiang!

May 2021 – Maryam has decided to permanently join our lab for her PhD! Welcome, Maryam!

December 2020 – Jake and Xiang have been awarded Lotta Crabtree Fellowships for Spring 2021! This is the third time each has been awarded this prestigious fellowship, which will allow them to fully focus on their research during the spring semester. Congratulations!

December 2020 – Maryam Rashidzade, Plant Biology first year student has joined our lab for a rotation. Welcome, Maryam!

September 2020 – Andrea Marroquin, Plant Biology first year student has joined our lab for a rotation. Welcome, Andrea!