Broadly, we are interested in the species-environment relationship, so our research occurs at the interface of ecology and evolution precisely at the nexus where conservation efforts are expected to have the greatest impact.
More specifically, we integrate environmental informatics with genetics/genomics to test hypothesis of evolutionary relationships, adaptive variation, and ecological patterns. This research and training program depends on voucher specimens + lab-based approaches + targeted fieldwork to explore the continuum of variation and tease apart historical and contemporary forces likely responsible for generating and maintaining diversity. These efforts are focused on the montane-associated mammals of North America, a community that will require novel conservation strategies in the face of changing environments.
The Mammalian Ecology & Evolution Lap at APSU assesses questions across three broad themes using integrative approaches...
voucher specimens + lab-based tests + targeted fieldwork: the backbone of our research and training program.