Led by Thom, we have a new paper out on crazy CNVs of a tRNA ligase gene (1,2,3 and 300 copies!!!!) that affect a slow-fast life-history tradeoff and experience fluctuating selection in wild annual yellow monkeyflowers. Thanks to all who contributed to this roller-coaster of a project!
Congrats to Mariah McIntosh, who has been an amazing contributor to the lab group over the past 5 years, on this well-earned award!!! Mariah is staying at UM for graduate work, though likely shifting into Restoration Ecology.
Our review paper on plant hybrid incompatibilities (co-authored with Andrea Sweigart at UGa) is now out at the Annual Review of Plant Biology. Thanks to all the Mimulus folks who contributed images and apologies to anyone whose research we didn't have space to cover.
The University of Montana (Cheviron, Fishman, Good, et al) and the University of Nebraska (Storz, Montooth, Meiklejohn) just received a large training and research grant through the NSF EPSCoR Track II program focused on genome-to-phenome studies in natural populations. This support will allow us to establish a synergistic training and research network of evolutionary geneticists between these two groups. Research activities of the UNVEIL (Using Natural Variation to Educate, Innovate and Lead) network will center around core projects focused on adaptation to spatiotemporal environmental variation in mammalian and plant systems. There will be opportunities for graduate and postdoctoral support under this project (more announcements on this soon). Please contact Lila if you are interested.
In Spring 2017, we joined the Miller, Good, Cheviron, McCutcheon, (and now Cooper) Labs in a new custom-designed space for evolutionary genomics research on the 3rd floor of ISB. At last, work space commensurate with the amazing people and views here!!!!