Welcome to the Reitzel lab!  Our laboratory is interested in answering integrative questions concerning the evolution and ecology of coastal invertebrates by using an interdisciplinary approach that combines comparative genomics, molecular biology, population genetics, evolutionary ecology, and field studies. We primarily utilize species in the phylum Cnidaria (sea anemones, corals, and jellyfishes) and echinoderms (sea urchins, sand dollars) as models because of their ecological importance and phylogenetic position. Much of our research in the lab uses the starlet sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis, which has emerged as a model cnidarian species due to availability of a sequenced genome, ease of culture in the laboratory, and distribution in estuarine habitats throughout North America.