The Kelley Lab is located at Washington State University, in Pullman, WA. Our research focuses on evolutionary genomics and adaptation to extreme environments. We are interested in understanding how populations diverge and adapt to the environments they encounter. To identify and characterize specific genes and pathways that underlie adaptive change, we combine statistical and genomic approaches with knowledge from organismal and ecological studies. We leverage natural systems to gain insight into basic biological processes, which has profound implications for our understanding of human health and disease.
Our work utilizes a range of technological and analytical methods for genomics. We also climb Mexican volcanoes and explore Caribbean Islands for exotic species that are specially adapted to their extreme environments. By correlating genetic changes to phenotypic outcomes using population genomics, we hope to link genomic changes to sources of selection.
Current topics in the laboratory include:
- Population genomics of fish living in sulfidic environments in Mexico
- Transcriptional changes in response to seasonal changes in brown bears
- Comparative genomics of polar fishes
To address complex biological questions in an inclusive and supportive environment that cultivates curious, productive, and collaborative scientists
A view of the Palouse from Kamiak Butte, which is 20 miles north of campus.
- Joanna Kelley presents her work on sulfidic fish at EMBO conference.
- Alex Fraik publishes a Tasmanian devil transcriptomics paper in Genes!
- New book, Saving the Tasmanian Devil, highlights Alex Fraik’s field research
- Shawn Trojahn presents his grizzly bear research at the 2019 PacBio User Group Meeting
- Kerry McGowan publishes cavefish transcriptomics paper in Biology Letters!
- Scott Hotaling publishes ecological stoichiometry paper in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution!
- Brown bear hibernation paper
- Evolving Seas RCN
- Alex Fraik at NOAA
- NHGRI Comparative Genomics Workshop