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Rivulus genome published

We are very happy to announce the mangrove rivulus (Kryptolebias marmoratus) genome has been published in GBE. The paper can be found online [linked here]. This is the culmination of several years of sequencing, annotating and analyzing. We are very happy to present this resource to the community. The data can be accessed on NCBI GenBank accession LHSH00000000. This is an exciting and interesting species and we hope the genome facilitates all areas of research involving K. marmoratus and teleosts more generally.

Alex Fraik receives the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

DSC_0242Congratulations to Alex Fraik who has been selected to receive a 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship!

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

In Alex’s words: “For my dissertation, I propose to determine how adaptive genomic variation varies spatially across the geographic range of the Tasmanian devil. I will use genome scan methods to identify candidate loci that are targets of selection in devil populations. Using statistical outlier test I will identify loci in devils associated with tumor haplotype to test for adaptation of disease strain to host genome. I will conduct RNA-sequencing on samples collected across environmental gradients and on devils infected with different tumor strains to determine if there are differences in gene expression indicative of clinal adaptation to local environments, and association of tumor strain to host genomes, respectively.”

NSF funding for fish living in hydrogen sulfide rich springs

The National Science Foundation has funded our project studying how fishes adapt to hydrogen sulfide rich springs. We will compare closely related populations that live in adjacent sulfidic or nonsulfidic habitats to identify differences in genetic, biochemical, and physiological traits that underlie tolerance to H2S. This project is in collaboration with Michael Tobler (Kansas State University) and Jennifer Shaw (Oklahoma State University).


Sulfide spring fish transcriptomes published

IMG_8115We have been working with Michael Tobler‘s lab at Kansas State University to understand the molecular basis of adaptation to hydrogen sulfide springs. We sequenced and analyzed transcriptomes from multiple populations of sulfide spring fishes. We sampled fish in the genus Poecilia from mulitple, replicated clear and sulfidic springs. The results of the study have recently been published in Molecular Biology and Evolution! A variety of news sources have covered our findings, including Scientific American Español.

Ecological Genomics 2015

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Graduate student Anthony Brown and I attended Ecological Genomics 2015 in Manhattan, Kansas #EGSym2015. It was a fantastic conference. The organizers planned the conference very well and considered all aspects for planning a successful conference. The talks were all stellar and ranged from senior faculty to graduate students, organisms, and approaches (see the line-up here: The two poster sessions similarly highlighted diverse research. It was a pleasure to have my abstract invited for a presentation. See you next year in Kansas City, Oct 28-30th!