Welcome! Our research focuses on the evolutionary process at the molecular level. In particular, we investigate how a mixture of natural selection and non-adaptive forces create and maintain the amazing diversity in genome size, structure, and function that exists across the tree of life. Much of our research pertains to the evolution of endosymbiont or organelle genomes and how the multiple genomic compartments that co-exist within eukaryotes interact to define basic cell function. This work has involved a variety of organisms, including plants, insects, and bacteria, and we are always interested in expanding the taxonomic breadth of our research, often with the help of collaborators. 

Our methods typically involve field sampling of natural populations and a combination of molecular genetic wet lab techniques and computational genomic analysis. We make extensive use of current DNA sequencing technologies and draw on multiple disciplines including population genetics, phylogenetics, molecular biology, and functional genomics to develop and address evolutionary questions.

To learn more about recent and ongoing projects, please explore our research and publications pages.