M O I L A B
from molecular evolution to global change ecology
Our questions and mission How do mutations at the genetic level, subject to natural selection and drift, ultimately lead to ecological adaptation? Can we predict complex ecological traits such as survivorship, fitness, and disease from an organism's genome and environment? Can we use novel molecular biology technology to understand the mechanisms of climate adaptation? Can we deploy new technologies to track and diagnose species and ecosystem declines and reliably guide sustainability policies?
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We strive to welcome a diverse and inclusive lab and scientific community, and denounce racism, xenophobia, and any kind of violence.
Expertise and group research Our lab has experience in plant experimental ecology, evolutionary molecular genetics, and computer science. Some of our work has dealt with understanding the rate at which new DNA mutations occur per generation in plant populations, what is the ecological relevance of genetic variation along the genome. We have pioneered methods to create geographic maps cataloging genetic variation of a species to anticipate the differential threats of climate change to its different populations. An important current project of the lab is a distributed global evolution experiment, GrENE-net.org, which aims to test the evolvability of the plant Arabidopsis thaliana in many climates around the world. Using the same plant model, we are trying to modify adaptive ecological traits in the lab using CRISPR-based genome editing. We hope our efforts to fundamentally understand evolution, ecology, and genetics, of a species in relation to climate.
Affiliations and home The lab is primarily affiliated with the Department of Plant Biology of the Carnegie Institution for Science, based in Stanford University, where we are also co-affiliated to Stanford's Department of Biology and Carnegie's Department of Global Ecology
Latest news & blog posts
2022 12 07 Moi will be attending delegate in the United Nations' Convention on Biological diversity!
Follow https://twitter.com/MExpositoAlonso in Twitter for updates on genetic diversity goal discussions
2022 10 25 New collaborative preprint with Bergmann lab led by Patricia Lang on Arabidopsis herbaria to track adaptation to climate change!
Twitter thread from Patricia Lang https://twitter.com/plantricia/status/1585296493849649154
2022 09 22 The MOILAB publishes a paper in Science magazine! We study how the loss of habitat for a species impacts its genetic diversity!
Read Moi's interview in The Scientist https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.the-scientist.com%2Fnews-opinion%2Fare-we-in-the-midst-of-a-silent-mass-extinction-70534&sa=D
Press Release https://carnegiescience.edu/news/it-may-already-be-too-late-meet-un-genetic-diversity-target
La traducción en La Vanguardia https://www.lavanguardia.com/natural/20220923/8540552/antropoceno-provocado-destruccion-mas-10-diversidad-genetica-planeta.html
2022 08 The MOI LAB got a multidisciplinary grant with Moi as co-PI! The grant is a new NSF Biology Integration Institute called WALII "Water and Life Interface Institute"
Check out the website! walii.science
NSF announcement: https://beta.nsf.gov/news/integrative-biological-science-and-training-are-focus-4-new-institutes
2022 08 077 Lauren talking at the Ecological Society of America! Explaining her new bioRxiv paper to create multi-species distribution models with satellite data!
2022 06 07 Moi Lab at PEGQ22!
Laura presented her poster on a new outdoor field experiment (link here), Megan presented her poster on genetic constraints to adaptation (link here), Lucas presented his poster on grenepipe & grenedalf tools (link here) for the GrENE-net project. Moi presented his poster on genetic diversity loss (link here).
2021 11 New collaborative paper with the Dinneny lab in bioRxiv! "Uncovering natural variation in root system architecture and growth dynamics using a robotics-assisted phenomics platform"
2021 03 New collaborative paper with Joseph Matheson and Joana Masel in bioRxiv! "Haldane's cost of selection imposes a mild constraint on adaptation, with a high proportion of deaths in A. thaliana being selective"
2021 10 16 New collaborative paper with the Vasseur & Violle labs in bioRxiv! "Into the range: a latitudinal gradient or a center-margins differentiation of ecological strategies in Arabidopsis thaliana?"
2021 10 15 New lab paper in bioRxiv! Quantifying how much genetic diversity is lost due to global change-driven ecosystem transformations will help track progress in the United Nation's sustainability goals. Congrats everyone!
2021 07 06 Collaborative paper with the Rhee and Gitler labs out in Cell -- including Moi and Postdoc Researcher Shannon Hateley!
2021 06 21 Moi and Lucas presenting talks at Evolution 2021!
*Efficient analysis of allele frequency variation from whole-genome pool-seq data*
Jun 21 - 2:20 pm (PST) [VIDEO MP4]
*Rapid evolution in globally-distributed field experiments of A. thaliana* Aka. the @GrENE_net project
Jun 21 - 7 am (PST) [VIDEO MP4]
2020 12 17 Moi hablando en "El Pais con tu futuro"