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.
- Alex Fraik defends her PhD thesis!
- Michael Saxton defends his PhD thesis!
- Alex Fraik is awarded the Doctorate Student Achievement Award: Sciences!
- Joanna Kelley is awarded the Mid-Career Faculty Achievement Award – Tenure Track!
- Alex Fraik’s new research is featured by Wild Steelheaders United!
- Shawn Trojahn and Alexia Gee finish Masters Degrees!
- Anna McDonald awarded an Undergraduate Research Fellowship
- Kara Ryan awarded the Golding Family Graduate Fellowship
- Kerry McGowan receives the Vern Parish Award
- Alex Fraik and Kerry McGowan receive Exceptional Research Awards