about me

    EJM with Prarie Dancer at the Double Helix Ranch (2010).

    I do phylo-geo-nomics! I'm using genomic data to track geographic population histories and connect spatial and evolutionary patterns.

    Not tied to a taxon, I've worked on cattle - with a focus on Texas Longhorns, frogs, salamanders, simulated data, and chipmunks.

    I'm excited about programming and teaching scientists to be better programmers. I teach for Software Carpentry and highly recommend their videos and workshops!
    I'm also a TA at the Molecular Evolution workshop at Woods Hole. 
      Emily Jane McTavish
       Post Doctoral Researcher
       Department of Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology

    University of Kansas

      Advisor: Mark Holder
      Holder lab

      PhD Advisor: David Hillis
      Hillis lab page

    Current projects:
    • Open tree of life
    • Rapid updating of gene trees with new sequence information
    • Determining impact of ascertainment bias on phylogenies based on SNP data.
    Past projects:
    • Investigating patterns of introgression in the genome of Texas Longhorn Cattle (link)
    • Using spatially explicit simulation (DIM SUM) to assess robustness of phylogeographic methods (link)
    • Comparative morphometics of an invasive damselfly in Hawaii (link)

      Other interests:
    • Herping
    • Bioinformatics
    • Python
    • Phylogenetics and phylogeography
    • Programming pedagogy
    • My pet chickens
    • Playing music