The Lotterhos Lab at Northeastern Marine Science Center studies population genetics and evolution, mostly in marine systems but we also collaborate with terrestrial biologists and theoreticians.  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.  A central goal in our research is to understand how populations will respond to environmental change.  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 to study epigenetic responses to ocean acidification for funding There are many ways that species can respond to a stress. Between the realm of pure plastic responses (such as increasing metabolism when temperature is increased, but metabolism goes back ...
    Posted Jan 5, 2017, 12:22 PM by Katie Lotterhos
  • First annual lab retreat We hiked up to Black Mountain Cabin in the White Mountain National Forest and spent the night enjoying the stars between spurts of rain. Proof that we take time to ...
    Posted Oct 24, 2016, 6:09 AM by Katie Lotterhos
  • Science paper on convergent adaptation to climate Local adaptation occurs when individuals are adapted to the climate in their home population. Distantly related species aren't expected to use the same genes to adapt to climate. A ...
    Posted Sep 23, 2016, 12:32 PM by Katie Lotterhos
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