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Kathleen G. Ferris, PhD                                                                                                                                   
Center for Population Biology Post-doctoral Fellow
UC Davis
                                                                        
Center for Population Biology
2320 Storer Hall
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 94720
kgferris@ucdavis.edu

I am an evolutionary geneticist currently working with Johanna Schmitt, Graham Coop, and Jeff Ross-Ibarra as the CPB Post-doctoral Fellow at UC Davis on the genetic basis and adaptive significance of population level and phenotypically plastic variation in leaf shape along an elevational cline in the cutleaf monkeyflower, Mimulus laciniatus. In my first post-doc I worked on the genetics of environmental adaptation in wild house mice, Mus domesticus, across the Americas in Michael Nachman's laboratory at UC Berkeley. My PhD work investigated the genetic and phenotypic basis of adaptation to granite outcrops in the yellow monkey flowers, or Mimulus guttatus species complex, in the lab of John Willis at Duke University. I use an integrative approach that combines quantitative genetic, population genomic, manipulative experimental, and field based approaches to examine adaptation to harsh environments across systems.