PI: Rob Toonen
Graduate program: Zoology
My research interests encompass a variety of evolutionary questions, although I’m primarily interested in genetic and epigenetic adaptation in response to climate change on an individual- and population-level scale. Focusing on the coral genera Montipora and Porites, my thesis work will look for genomic signatures of resilience, as well as the fine-scale population connectivity processes that may affect the flow of adaptive alleles. My other projects include modelling larval dispersal through the main Hawaiian Islands with the goal of informing conservation. I’m is also interested in bioinformatics and the development of user-friendly software for biologists, such as PyTracker, AssessPool, and Seanome.