Zach Gompert, Principal Investigator

Zach is broadly interested in evolutionary biology and population genetics. His current empirical research focus is on hybridization and speciation, the genetic basis of complex or quantitative adaptive traits, and determinants of genetic variation in the wild. His research involves genomic analyses of natural and experimental populations. He also develops statistical models and computer software for evolutionary genomic analyses.


Lauren Lucas, Research Scientist & Instructor

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.


Samridhi Chaturvedi, PhD Student

Samridhi’s primary research interests are in evolutionary biology and molecular ecology. Her current work focuses on elucidating the genomic basis of host plant adaptation and adaptive variation in diapause (a form of hibernation) in the Melissa blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa). Her results will help advance our understanding of whether and how populations might rapidly adapt to novel resources or stresses (such as climate change).

Alex Rego, Undergraduate Student


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.

Former Students

Peter Nelson, Undergraduate Researcher (2013-2015)

Rober Olsen, Undergraduate Researcher (2014-2015)

Alberto de Rosa, Graduate Researcher (2014-2015)

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