Hi, I am Sean Hoban, a genetic scientist working on conservation of endangered species and on preservation of genetic resources for evolutionary potential and ecosystem function.
I am a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), located on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. My main current project is to help optimally plan collections of seed from rare plants for ex situ seed conservation (e.g. for seed banks, agricultural collections, botanic gardens), in order to preserve range-wide neutral and adaptive diversity. My overall research focus is the demographic and genetic dynamics of populations of rare species, and in applying empirical and theoretical conservation genetics to conservation policy. I am also interested in range-edge effects, local and long-distance dispersal, and local adaptation. Here is a visual summary. I am involved in outreach and education activities, including hands-on software training for management applications, and six years' participation in PlantingScience.org.
Details of my research interests, teaching and service experience, news about this site and my work, software resources, and much more are available via the links on the sidebar (left)
My scientific research statement is here. My CV is here. A non-scientific description of what I do is here. Photos from my field work, mostly from graduate school, are here. You can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or find other contact info here. Also, my conservation genetics colleagues and I have a facebook page.