The Lotterhos Lab at 
Northeastern Marine Science Center seeks to understand how climate has shaped marine biodiversity and how a now rapidly changing climate will affect biodiversity in the future. This is a challenging goal, since biodiversity is shaped by a complex web of ecological and evolutionary processes that make natural populations hard to predict. To better describe complex marine systems and improve predicability, our research uses theory and experiment to inform each other and develops novel statistical methodology to integrate data across biological, spatial, and temporal scales. Ultimately, we aim to provide a conceptual framework for the integration of eco-evolutionary genomics into the ocean sciences. Conceptually, this framework describes for how feedbacks between ecological (from abiotic to biotic interactions) and molecular processes (from DNA sequence evolution to expression and epigenetic modifications) can lead to rapid evolutionary change that in turn affects how species interact with their environment. We are interested in central problems in marine systems such as the influence of climate on dispersal, recruitment, and local adaptation - but we also study broader problems in molecular ecology such as the inference of loci under selection from genome scans.  To address these pressing issues in biological science, we use a combination of field surveys, experiments, mathematical modeling, genomics, and bioinformatics.

Recent Announcements

  • NSF recommends our proposal for genomics equipment at the MSC for funding We are excited that our proposal to enhance the genomics capabilities of the Marine Science Center was funded! We will be purchasing equipment to enhance throughput and quality of genomics ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2017, 9:22 AM by Katie Lotterhos
  • High school teachers learn research skills in the lab Banafsheh (left) and Jo-Anne (right) are high school teachers from local districts, and interned in our lab over the summer to learn more about our research. In these pictures ...
    Posted Aug 31, 2017, 11:02 AM by Katie Lotterhos
  • NSF recommends our proposal to Test the Tests for funding Testing the tests: a predictive framework to guide genome scans for locally adapted traits This research is in collaboration with Sam Yeaman at the University of Calgary and Matt Fitzpatrick ...
    Posted Jul 7, 2017, 7:10 AM by Katie Lotterhos
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