The Good Lab


The Good lab is focused on understanding the genetic basis of adaptation and speciation in mammals (and some beetles). We combine population and comparative genomics with quantitative genetics to understand how natural selection shapes biological diversity within and between species.

A brief synopsis of current research projects and representative publications can be found via the links at the top of this page.

Evolutionary Genomics

Recent Lab News

2/6/15 - Paper - Matt Jones just published a nice paper in Ecology & Evolution on his MS work looking at parasite load and MHC variation in a passerine.

11/20/14 - ESA Award - Ryan Bracewell won a President’s Prize for best student talk in his section at the annual Entomological Society meeting!

9/17/14 - MS defense - Congratulations to Mafalda Ferreira for defending her MS thesis (Univ. Porto) on gene expression and seasonal coat color change!

9/2/14 - Proc Roy Soc B paper- Our collaboration with Ondi Crino and Creagh Bruener on reproductive success and developmental stress in zebra finches has been accepted in Proceedings of the Royal Society. Two undergrads on this paper!

8/28/14 - Science & PLOS Genetics papers- A big day for rabbit evolutionary genetics! Led by close lab friend and collaborator Miguel Carniero (CIBIO/UPorto), our collaborative work on the rabbit genome and domestication has been published in Science. Our long embargoed paper on rabbit speciation has also been release in PLOS Genetics.