Organisms around us exhibit an astonishing diversity of unique and intricate features – from hummingbirds, slime molds, elephants and cycads, to corals, cacti, and tiger beetles. How did these organisms evolve to their present forms in environments as varied as deserts, rainforests, and thermal springs? We’d like to think that we are genetic and ecological tinkerers, and we want to track evolution as it happens. You can find more information about our major projects at the links below.

Evolution of bacterial genomes

Insect adaptation to novel environments

Evolution of insect-bacterial associations