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.
- 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
- PNAS paper on hydrogen sulfide fishes out!
- Scott Hotaling publishes guidelines for concise scientific writing
- Alex Fraik publishes new paper on Tasmanian devil DFTD and environment
- Alex Fraik is featured in an Outside magazine video!
- Scott Hotaling publishes findings on meltwater biodiversity
- Scott Hotaling reflects on his research experiences in Antarctica