Welcome to the Taylor Lab - Evolution and Population Genetics
Most of our work involves the study of plant reproductive systems to address broader evolutionary issues. We are studying the population genetics and molecular evolution of plant organelle genomes. We are using invasive species as models for the evolution of geographic range expansion. A central focus of ours is to understand how evolution is influenced by the fact that populations are distributed in space (population structure). Several projects focus on how selection at one level or organization subsumes, or is subsumed by, selection at higher levels of organization...so-called "levels of selection". This hasled us into studies of genetic conflict such as epidemics of selfish genes within natural populations and mitochondrial diseases that result from the accumulation of parasitic organelles within cells.
Students generally develop their own research programs so the research going on in the lab is diverse. Follow the research links for details of our projects.
Our work involves a wide variety of methods: phylogenetics & molecular population genetics, field experiments, greenhouse experiments & crossing studies, theory.
We have a position currently open for a research technician. We are always interested in attracting motivated grad students and undergrads seeking research experiences. email Doug to apply
Department of Biology, PO Box 400328
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4328
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