My research is focused on the maintenance and adaptive significance of genetic variation in the wild. I am interested in testing evolutionary theory in natural populations using longitudinal data and pedigrees, and also in applying genetical methods to problems in conservation and wildlife management. This is possible using molecular markers such as microsatellites and SNPs as tools to facilitate quantitative and population genetic analyses, as well as QTL mapping. My research interests therefore include ecology, quantitative and population genetics, and genomics.
Current Projects Include
Evolutionary quantitative genetics of fitness-related traits in bighorn sheep
Paternity analysis and heritability of behaviour in mountain goats
Deer population structure and host-genetic factors in CWD spread
Molecular ecology of invasive species
Application of molecular biology to the study of systematics, structure of natural populations, mating systems, and forensics. Among the topics discussed are molecular techniques used to detect genetic variation in natural populations, methods to construct phylogenies using molecular data, mathematical models of population structure, paternity analysis, and DNA fingerprinting. Prerequisite: BIOL 207. BIOL 221 recommended.Winter Term 2021