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Busch Lab Evolutionary Biology

Welcome!

We are biologists who seek to understand and explain biodiversity in an ever-changing world. To reach this goal, we challenge hypotheses with simple models, analyses of DNA sequence variation, information on traits, and manipulative studies in natural populations or controlled settings. These efforts help to elucidate the processes that shape patterns of organismal diversity in the wild.

Our projects mostly dissect the causes and consequences of evolution. We are particularly interested in traits that influence the magnitude and expression of genetic variation in natural populations (e.g. self-fertilization and ploidy). Using plants as model systems (see the images above for exemplary Leavenworthia and Mimulus), most work centers on these themes: 1) the evolution of mating systems in natural populations; 2) feedbacks between trait evolution and species’ geographic ranges; and 3) the short- and long-term consequences of transitions in ploidy.

To prospective students:

Students with broad interests in biology, an independent streak, and curiosity in the feedback between theory and empirical work are always welcome. Feel free to email me about joining the lab — I am always happy to discuss ideas for projects. Check out the people page for more information on current projects and to see what alumni are up to now.

Find us on campus:

Eastlick 390 (The lab)

Eastlick 387 (Jeremiah’s office)