M O I L A B
genetic evolution & global change
Our lab works at the interface of evolutionary genetics, plant molecular biology and ecology informatics. We develop new computational methods and analyze genomic, experimental, and climate data to understand the dynamics of adaptation of populations and the mutations driving them. We then use this knowledge to spatially forecast species evolutionary potential under global change, and figure out whether adaptation rates can be genetically engineered in the future to avoid species extinctions. We are also very interested in understanding how ecological genomic models can in turn teach us about complex human health traits.
An important current project of the lab, co-coordinated with François Vasseur (CNRS) and Niek Scheepens (U. Tübingen), 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.
The lab is located at 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