M O I L A B
genetic evolution and global change
Our lab works at the interface of plant molecular biology, evolutionary genetics, and ecoinformatics. 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 forecast species evolutionary outcomes under global change and figure out how to genetically engineer adaptation rates in the future to avoid species extinctions. We are also very interested in understanding how a changing biosphere, in turn, affects human health.
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