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Phyletica

Exploring biodiversification.

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Phyleticians:

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Jamie Oaks — Principal Investigator

Interested in developing phylogenetic methods and applying them to data from natural populations to test hypotheses about processes of diversification.

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Postdocs

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Jesse Grismer — Postdoctoral Researcher

Co-advisor: Brad Shaffer

Jesse is interested in the systematics, biogeography, and conservation of reptile and amphibian species, and is a La Kretz Post doctoral fellow co-advised with Brad Shaffer at the University of California Los Angeles. Jesse's postdoctoral research will be focused on the conservation genomics of Southern California reptiles.

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Graduate Students

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Aundrea Westfall — M.Sc. Student

Co-advisor: Tonia Schwartz

Investigating phylogenetic patterns of viviparity and expression networks of regulatory genes for the placenta in Squamata.

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Breanna Sipley — Ph.D. Student

Co-advisor: Ken Halanych

Interested in the genetic bases of symbiosis, co-phylogeny of parasites and their hosts, and the evolution of gene families associated with blood parasitism.

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Kerry Cobb — Ph.D. Student

Interested in the phylogenetics, speciation genomics, and reproductive isolating mechanisms among Anaxyrus toads.

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Randy Klabacka — Ph.D. Student

Co-advisor: Tonia Schwartz

I am fascinated by the coevolutionary relationship between mitochondrial and nuclear genomes. I am interested in the role sexual reproduction plays in maintaining a healthy mitonuclear marriage, and analyzing the effects of parthenogenesis on mitochondrial dysfunction using physiological methods within a phylogenetic context.

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Undergraduate Researchers

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Ryan Cook — Undergraduate Researcher

Investigating trends in the morphological changes of Alabama salamander populations over the past 50 years.


Honorary Members

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Amalie Eden — Boss

The mastermind.

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Luna — Lab canid

Woof.

Interested in joining the Phyletica Lab?

If you are interested in becoming a phyletician as a postdoc, graduate student, or undergraduate researcher, please contact me.