Zach Gompert, Principal Investigator

Zach is broadly interested in evolutionary biology and population genetics. His current empirical research addresses questions related to hybridization and speciation, the genetics of adaptation, and the determinants of genetic variation in the wild. He also develops analytic approaches for population genomics.



Lauren Lucas, Research Scientist &

Lauren is interested in biology education as well as conservation genetics and morphological evolution. Her research involves endangered, freshwater spring endemic organisms and Lycaeides butterflies.



peterPeter Nelson, Undergraduate Student

Peter is broadly interested in evolutionary biology and genetics. He is currently working on DNA sequencing and experimental projects that investigate the roles of plant genetic variation and microbial community in a recent host plant switch in the Melissa Blue butterfly.





Robert Olsen, Undergraduate Student Rob_usethisone

Robert is interested in better understanding how humans affect ecological and evolutionary processes. This summer he is collecting demographic and genetic data to determine the effects of temporally fluctuating selection on patterns of variation in Lycaeides butterflies.






Zach Valois, Undergraduate Student

Zach is interested in arachnid phylogeography and systematics. He is currently investigating the causes and consequences of parallel evolution in the Northern Scorpion, and the phylogeographic history of Vachon’s desert scorpion. Visit Zach’s website for more information.



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