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Hi, I am Sean Hoban, a conservation geneticist and plant evolutionary ecologist.  I use mathematical and computational tools to solve challenges such as the preservation of genetic resources and the management of species and communities during environmental change.  I also seek to answer questions such as how do species change over time in response to environmental change.

NOTE: All pages on this site have mostly not been updated since mid 2015!

Since January 2016 I have been a Conservation Biologist at The Morton Arboretum (See my page here).  My main current interests include
  • optimally planning of collections of seed from plant populations (e.g. for seed banks, agricultural collections, botanic gardens), in order to preserve range-wide neutral and adaptive diversity, for use in conservation, restoration, research, or crop improvement. 
  • understanding how environmental and demographic change influences evolutionary dynamics of populations, in particular the effects of habitat fragmentation and adaptation
  • uncovering the deep history of populations, species and communities, as they have shifted in space and time
  • applying empirical and theoretical conservation genomics to conservation policy
  • evaluating and improving methods used in genomics as well as biodiversity science more broadly
  • developing tools and approaches to help ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of future genetic and genomic projects, especially sampling strategies. 
I work mostly but not exclusively on plants (and mostly trees)- I've also worked with genetics of lizards, ice-fish, ungulates, lagomorphs, sharks and commercial fisheries.  Here is a  visual summary.  I am also involved in outreach and education activities, including hands-on software training for management applications, and spent six years' working with PlantingScience.org.  A (not so) recent interview of me can be read here.

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My (outdated) CV is here.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 shoban@mortonarb.org or find other contact info here.  Also, my conservation genetics colleagues and I have a facebook pageI am open to potential collaborators for short visits to NIMBioS; I am happy to work together on an application. 
 
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