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The evolution of seasonal camouflage in response to past and future climates

02 Dec 2022 - Jeffrey Good, University of Montana | 14h30 - Hybrid seminar
The evolution of seasonal camouflage in response to past and future climates

Mismatches between the timing of key life history events and optimal environments have emerged as important drivers of biodiversity decline, yet the genetic basis and evolutionary dynamics of most seasonal adaptations remain poorly understood. We have combined extensive population, comparative, and functional genomic experiments with environmental modeling and decades of in-depth ecology studies to understand the evolution of locally adaptive seasonal camouflage in the iconic snowshoe hare and other closely related species. Our work integrates ecology, evolutionary theory, genetics, and functional genomics to understand past and predict future seasonal adaptation over different spatial, temporal, and taxonomic scales. These findings break new ground on the genetics of adaptation and advance predictive models for organismal responses to climate change.

Jeffrey Good is a Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences and the Director on the University of Montana Genomics Core. His research program addresses fundamental questions on the origin of species, the genetic basis of adaptation, and the evolution of reproduction. Focusing primarily on mammalian systems, his lab combines comparative and population genomic studies with systems genetic analyses of laboratory models to understanding the genetic basis of speciation and adaptation. He received his PhD from the University of Arizona working with Michael Nachman and was a postdoctoral fellow in Svante Pääbo’s lab at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

[Host: BIODIV PhD Students]

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