The Rausher Lab Evolutionary Genetics and Molecular Evolution Research

     Our lab focuses on elucidating evolutionary processes using genetic, genomic and molecular techniques as well as field experiments.  We do not concentrate on a particular model system but examine systems that are appropriate for addressing particular evolutionary questions.  While we tend to focus on plant evolution, recent students have worked on taxa as varied as fish and pathogenic fungi.  

     Both graduate students and postdocs in the lab are encouraged to develop their own questions and their own systems.  Recent lab members have examined genera as diverse as Phlox, Penstemon, Iochroma, Ipomoea, Mimulus and Clarkia to examine processes such as speciation, parallel evolution, the genetics of adaptation, the fates of duplicate genes, and mating system evolution.

     To see descriptions of individual projects, click on the menu bar above.