We study how often adaptation occurs in natural plant populations as well as the genetic and ecological underpinning of such adaptation. Our work largely focuses on adaptation associated with selection pressures associated with climate change including shifting growing seasons, more frequent and severe droughts, and altered biotic interactions. Methods in the lab range from molecular genetics to genomics and bioinformatics to manipulative experiments in the field, all integrated together to better understand fundamental questions in evolutionary biology.
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