Faculty Members in Evolution
Molecular and genomic evolution, genome duplication (polyploidy), duplicate gene evolution, evolution of gene regulation.
Plant evolutionary ecology; geographic range limits and rarity; population dynamics and community structure.
Molecular phylogenetic studies of fungi and evolution of fungal life history stategies.
Ecology and evolutionary biology; the distribution of biodiversity and the challenges posed to its conservation through recent changes to the environment.
Genome evolution, spliceosomal intron evolution, parasitic adaptation - focusing on microsporidia, a highly derived group of parasitic fungi.
Systematics and evolution of vascular plants, focusing on using DNA sequence data to infer relationships at deep and recent levels of seed plant, angiosperm and monocot phylogenetic history.
Early eukaryote evolution, molecular phylogeny, protistology.
Marine invertebrate zoology, protozoology, evolutionary morphology & phylogenetics.
Molecular genetics of sexual development in green algae, focusing on gene regulatory networks and cell wall assembly; Phylogenomics study of developmental mechanisms for the evolution of land plants from their green algal ancestors; Genetic engineering of algae for efficient carbon capture and biofuel production.
Speciation, domestication, conservation biology, and weed evolution.
The Tseng lab investigates ecological and evolutionary responses of populations and communities to novel environments. We test and refine theory related to predator-prey dynamics, body size variation, intra- and interspecific competition, and the maintenance of genetic variation, using laboratory and field experiments with freshwater plant and animal communities. We also use museum collections to investigate long term patterns in organism phenotype.
Plant molecular systematic and evolution; the evolution of asexual polyploid complexes in higher plants.