My lab is focused on describing macroevolutionary patterns and microevolutionary processes underlying angiosperm diversification. We use modern phylogenetic comparative methods, experimental evolutionary ecology, and quantitative genetics to test evolutionary hypotheses. Some of the guiding questions this research seeks to answer are:
- Is evolution predictable? Does it proceed in repeated directions across the tree of life? What are the drivers and constraints that generate these repeated patterns?
- What is the molecular basis for convergent evolution?
- How do pleiotropy and epistasis constrain the genes involved in adaptation and speciation?
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Some Photos from the Field (Spring 2007)
Justen B. Whittall
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053 USA