Bryan Piatkowski

Evolutionary Biologist

I am an evolutionary biologist and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biology at Duke University. My research broadly deals with the evolution of land plants and focuses particularly on Sphagnum peat mosses, a group of some 380 species that have extraordinary impact on global biogeochemical cycles. I integrate techniques in experimental ecology and computational biology to address how genetic variation across multiple levels of biological organization correlates with variation in plant traits that scale to drive processes such as carbon cycling and establishment of habitat gradients along which species sort within communities.

In addition to research, I am also dedicated to teaching and currently serve as an instructor for courses in biology. While at Duke I co-taught graduate courses, guest lectured for undergraduate-level courses, and participated in course development. Outside the classroom, I directed the development of methods workshops geared towards graduate and post-doctoral students that focus on computational techniques for systematic analysis of genome-scale data.

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Department of Biology, Duke University, Campus Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708