Photo courtesy of Mary Lide Parker
Welcome! My name is Bryan Reatini. I'm a conservationist, ecologist, and evolutionary biologist currently researching the evolutionary causes and ecological consequences of biological invasions.
Currently, I am investigating the genetic basis of local adaptation in invasive populations of Yellow Starthistle (Centaurea solstitialis) in order to understand how changes that have occurred at the genetic level during the invasion have contributed to the spread of this problematic agricultural pest throughout the western US. This work is supported by an NSF postdoctoral fellowship and is being completed at the University of Arizona in the Dlugosch Lab. My dissertation research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Vision Lab focused on understanding the influence of hybridization on range dynamics, and how negative interactions with invasive plant species are threatening native biodiversity in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.
If you're interested in reading about my work, please check out my research page. If you'd like to get in touch with me about outreach opportunities, take a look at my outreach page and shoot me an email. To see a collection of photos I've gathered throughout my travels, take a trip through my travel portal!
Sunset illuminating Santa Cruz island, as seen from San Cristobal island, Galápagos.