- Ph.D., Zoology/Statistics, Oregan State University, 1978
Comparative functional genomics; structural organization of genetic material and its relationship to patterns of gene regulation and expression within and among species. Our primary focus is the structure and function of the genome of the gray, short-tailed opossum, Monodelphis domestica, a small South American marsupial that serves as the world’s primary laboratory marsupial model for biomedical, and basic evolutionary research. Topics include linkage and physical map construction, gene discovery, genome annotation, epigenetic determinants in sex-specific patterns of meiotic recombination, and genomic imprinting. Population genomics; genetic and ecological processes that influence the distribution of genetic diversity within and among population subdivisions in nature. Our research in this area involves assessment of population structure, genetic diversity, and hybridization threats for endangered desert fishes in a conservation context.
- Conservation and Population Genetics:
Vertebrate Comparative and Population Genomics: Imprinted autosomal and X-linked gene expression; Population genetic structure of desert and reef fishes