Vertebrate origins, genomics, and cancer evolution


We apply phylogenetics, molecular population genetics, and comparative genomics to investigate the evolutionary history of vertebrates from the level of selfish genetic elements, to somatic cells within individuals, on up to populations and species.

Our lab is housed in the School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University.

The lab is actively recruiting undergraduate and graduate students for research on all of our projects. If you are an incoming or existing student at NAU, please contact us!



We are interested in all evolutionary aspects of vertebrate biology, from biogeography to cancer.

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We are a team of scientists, teachers, and students dedicated to learning about the origins of biodiversity and disease.

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