Here is an overview of our ongoing projects.
Evolutionary Approaches to Understanding Cancer Suppression
We study the genomic mechanisms of cancer suppression in large, long-lived animals and across the tree of life.
Phylogenomics and the Rate of Evolution
We use genomic markers to reconstruct the evolutionary history of lizards, snakes and other vertebrates in order to understand how rates of molecular evolution are related to rates of phenotypic evolution and speciation.
The Evolution of Transposable Elements
We study the evolutionary dynamics of transposable elements within and between populations and species to understand how natural selection and demographic history account for the diversity of these ubiquitous genomic features.
Phylogeography and Population Genetics
We use combinations of DNA sequence and transposable element insertion markers to model the genetic structure of populations and species over landscapes, and construct models of demographic history.