Assistant Professor, Integrative Biology
Main Office: PAT 432
Alternate Office: PAT 432
Alt. Phone: 512-475-6424
University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station
Austin ,TX 78712
Research SummaryWe are an ecological genomics lab working predominantly with reef-building corals. Our main research projects are:
(1) Adaptive genetic variation in reef-building corals. We use genetics and genomics to discover molecular determinants of thermal tolerance, dispersal range, and symbiosis specificity, and trace their evolution in natural populations.
(2) Functions of coral fluorescent proteins: an integrative study combining morphological, systems biology, and experimental biology approaches.
(3) Factors affecting coral demography. We look at connectivity patterns and proximal mechanisms regulating larval settlement and survival.
To address these questions, we make heavy use of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies, continuously developing original methods to maximize the benefits from rapidly evolving NGS possibilities.