Welcome to the Molecular Evolution Lab at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico! I am Yalma L. Vargas-Rodriguez, a Research Fellow from the National Council of Science and Technology based at the University of Guadalajara and the Principal Investigator of the laboratory.
I am a member of the National Research System (Mexico, CONACyT). I earned my doctoral and master degree at the Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, USA).
I am broadly interested in historical and contemporary factors that influence plant species distribution and genetic diversity. I apply descriptive and multivariate techniques to answer questions about plant communities' distribution and environmental variables related to species presence. I adopt molecular and bioinformatics tools to study the evolutionary conditions that have promoted genetic and phenotypic diversity, within an historical, geographic, and climatic context. I combine this knowledge to establish conservation guidelines for tree populations.
#currently working on phylogeography of maples and oaks
#bioinformatics tools to analyze next-gen data