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Lab of Phylogenetic Ecology

We study evolution, ecology, and biodiversity from a spatial and temporal perspective, integrating data from molecules (DNA), fossils, and species traits to investigate when and where groups of species originated, at what evolutionary rates, and in the context of what ecological interactions. Our research is centered on mammalian evolution and has focused on unique lineages of rats and mice in the tropical Americas (spiny rats, hutias, and relatives), deserts of North and South America (kangaroo mice and vizcacha rats), as well as across global Mammalia.

Through fieldwork and genomic and phylogenetic approaches, we ask questions that aim to uncover core dynamics of the eco-evolutionary process — from gene flow to pathogen sharing – at biogeographic and population genetic scales. We also seek to translate our findings to wide audiences through outreach efforts and by teaching courses, always with the aim to encourage biodiversity conservation in the threatened arid ecosystems where we work.

Pages last updated 31 Aug 2022 .