Marine Molecular Biology, Biodiversity and Genomics

Rapidly advancing molecular biology techniques are allowing scientists to understand the natural world in unprecedented ways. We are employing these powerful methods to answer a variety of relevant evolutionary and ecological questions.

Specifically, in situ molecular experiments are conducted to reveal the underlying mechanisms that drive the evolution of novel adaptations, giving us insight into other evolutionary processes. Additionally, genomic analyses document the genetic structure of Caribbean coral colonies, allowing for identification of the genetic basis of disease susceptibility and resistance in these iconic reef-building animals. Finally, manipulations of genetic diversity in important coastal foundation species such as salt marsh and sea grasses offer insight into the importance of genetic diversity in maintaining the overall health and functioning of natural populations.

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