Research in the Evolutionary Ecology lab at UH Hilo
We are broadly interested in the ecology, evolution, and conservation biology of both plants and animals, in Hawaii and globally. In particular, we generally study questions related to how new ecological strategies evolve and are maintained over time. We are highly collaborative and use a variety of techniques including phylogenetics and phylogenomics, experimental and comparative methods, and quantitative analyses of the fossil record. A few of the projects that we are currently working on include:
1) Using phylogenomic approaches to resolve the evolutionary history of recent, rapid adaptive radiations in native Hawaiian plants.
2) Testing the utility of DNA barcodes to accurately differentiate species in the native Hawaiian flora.
3) Using ecological predictors of extinction risk in marine and terrestrial animals in the modern and comparing these relationships to what we find in the geological record.
Please also see “People” in this website to learn more about the lab members working on each of these projects!